B.S./M.S. and B.S./MBA Programs

The accelerated BS/MS program encourages outstanding students in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno to obtain a MS degree in a shorter amount of time. A student can obtain either a Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis) M.S. degree. Graduate programs available with the College of Engineering include:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Computer science and engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Mechanical engineering.

Admissions Requirements

  • At least 75 credits toward bachelor's degree completed
  • Basic science courses completed
  • At least 30 credits of engineering science or design coursework completed (minimum of 24 of these at the University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Faculty advisor selected for M.S. degree
Timeline for Accelerated Program
Select graduate advisor Prior to submitting your program application
Apply to program After completing 75 credits toward your B.S. (typically, spring of junior year); Applications are due one month prior to course registration (Oct. 15 for Spring and March 1 for Fall)
Take GRE One or two semesters before the application deadline
Apply to Graduate School Graduate Application Deadline: View program-specific admission requirements, deadlines and directors.

Download the Application for Admission to Accelerated Programs

Application Process

Although the deadlines can be flexible, it is strongly recommended that forms are turned in prior to October 1st for Spring acceptance and March 1st for Fall acceptance.

  1. Student meets with an undergraduate AND graduate advisor, choose classes, and gets signatures from both advisors (allow at least 1 day per advisor). This step can take multiple days if student chooses two different faculty members. Note: Students usually have two semesters of classes listed on the application. However, the Graduate School can only give permission for the first semester classes. Students will need to contact the College of Engineering Advising Center prior to open registration for the 2nd semester for course permission. For example, if they have Spring 19 and Fall 19 classes on the form, once approved, the Graduate School can only give permission for Spring 19. The student will need to contact College Advising/the Graduate School in March 2019 to request course permission for the Fall 19 classes.
  2. Student brings the signed application to the College of Engineering Advising Center's front desk staff (EJCH 108) and have them place the application in an advisor's mailbox.
  3. Advisors determine if the student has met the criteria for admissions and then sends the form to the Associate Dean for a signature (3-5 business days).
  4. The application is returned to a College Advisor for further processing. (1-2 business days) College Advisors email the Graduate School for course permission. College Advising will include the student in the email requesting course permission so when the Graduate School staff responds, the student will be notified as well.
  5. Grad School response. (2-5 business days.)
  6. The student enrolls in the approved classes at their registration appointed time designated in MyNevada.

For any questions, please contact coenadvising@unr.edu.

Note: If any changes are made to their course requests, students will need to resubmit the form, which will require them to start from Step 1.

Note: All times are approximate.

Program requirements

To enable students to earn both degrees in five years, the accelerated BS/MS program allows students to take up to nine credits of 600-level courses acceptable for their bachelor's degree (exception is the materials science and engineering program that allows twelve credits of 600-level courses acceptable towards the bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering). Students typically apply and are admitted to accelerated programs at the end of their junior year and enroll in graduate credits (as stated above) during their senior year. These 600-level courses may also be applied to a master's degree, provided the student passes each of these courses with a "B" or better. The 600-level courses that students select for this purpose must be approved by their undergraduate faculty advisor, graduate academic advisor, College of Engineering Advising Office, College of Engineering Dean's Office and the Graduate School.

Continuation Requirements

The Graduate School requires students to maintain an average GPA of 3.0 in all courses applied to the master's degree. The College of Engineering requires all students participating in the accelerated program to maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher in all courses to be applied to the master's degree.

Students whose undergraduate and graduate GPA drops below 3.2 will be placed on academic probation for the accelerated program for one semester. If they raise their GPA to meet the standards above, they will be removed from probation and returned to good standing. If after one semester, students are not able to raise their GPA sufficiently, they will be removed from the accelerated program. Students who are removed from the accelerated program can continue to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree under the normal requirements.

Financial Impact

By submitting the application form, students will be able to use their approved 600-level classes towards their full-time undergraduate status.
However, students must pay graduate credit tuition and the associated differential fees for the graduate-level courses. Not all scholarships can be used for graduate credit, but some financial support may be available through the graduate program. Students should consult with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships regarding financial aid eligibility.

The College of Engineering, in partnership with the College of Business, offers a five-year program to earn both the bachelor of science in engineering and master in business administration degrees.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must:

  • Be enrolled in a College of Engineering degree program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2 cumulative
  • Have a minimum GMAT score of 500 OR a minimum GRE score of 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections
Take GMAT/GRE Two semesters before you graduate with your B.S.
Apply to Graduate School and MBA program

March 15 for the following fall

October 15 for the following spring

Application materials must be filed at The Graduate School and the MBA office.  Applicants must meet all current admissions requirements, except the required professional work experience, which will be waived.

This is a competitive entry program. Up to 15 students from the College of Engineering will be selected each year.

Program requirements

Seven undergraduate courses in the College of Business are used to waive 21 credits of the MBA graduate core curriculum. Students will need to check with academic advisors in the College of Engineering Advising Center (see below for advisor contact information) for access to the upper-division business classes.

The undergraduate curriculum (equivalent to core for the MBA program and in addition to required courses for engineering degree) is comprised of the following courses:

  • ACC 201
  • ECON 302 (Prerequisite: Either ECON 102 or HON 220)
  • FIN 301 (complete ACC 201 before FIN 301)
  • MGT 323
  • MKT 210
  • SCM 352 (complete STAT 352 before SCM 352)
  • STAT 352

The MBA curriculum consists of the following graduate courses:

  • BADM 750
  • BADM 772
  • BADM Breadth Courses (12 credits)
  • Area of Emphasis (9 credits)
  • Integration (3 credits)

For more information, please visit the MBA program's website.

Program details

Students interested in the BS-MBA program must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). SAP includes receiving a grade of at least a B in each business course and maintaining an overall GPA of at least 3.2. If less than a B is earned, students will need to take the corresponding 700 level BADM course.

Undergraduate engineering students in the BS-MBA program may take up to 6 credits of graduate-level courses (600 and 700 level) towards the MBA degree if the undergraduate business curriculum is complete. The student and academic advisor must submit the request form, available on The Graduate School website, to take graduate credits as an undergraduate.


Please contact Ivy Chin (ichin@unr.edu) or Syreeta Williams (syreetaw@unr.edu) with questions regarding the BS-MBA program, course prerequisites or to learn more about the specific course sequence.