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

An accelerated bachelor's/master's degree program enables our outstanding students to obtain a master's degree in engineering or a master of business administration in a shorter time. Data from the National Science Foundation shows that approximately one-third of engineering and computer science degrees in the United States are master's degrees, and graduate education is increasingly necessary for leadership and management roles.

Students in the accelerated B.S./M.S. program can choose from two options: Plan A, which requires a thesis, and Plan B, which does not. Programs are available in the following departments:

  • Chemical and Materials Engineering: Plan A only
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Plan A or Plan B
  • Computer Science and Engineering: Plan A or Plan B
  • Electrical and Biomedical Engineering: Plan A or Plan B
  • Mechanical Engineering: Plan A or Plan B

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:

  • Biomedical Engineering (Fall: Feb. 1, Spring: Nov. 1)
  • Chemical Engineering (Fall: March 15, Spring: Oct. 1)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (Fall: Jan 15, Spring: Sept. 1)
  • Computer Science and Engineering (Fall: Jan 15, Spring: Aug. 15)
  • Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (Fall: June 15, Spring: Nov. 15)
  • Material Science and Engineering (March 15)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Fall: Jan 15, Spring: Sept. 1)

View program-specific admission requirements, deadlines and directors.

Download the Application for Admission to Accelerated Programs

Program requirements

To enable students to earn both degrees in five years, the accelerated BS/MS program allows you to take six credits of technical electives for your bachelor's degree as 600-level graduate courses. Students are admitted to accelerated programs at the end of their junior year and enroll in six graduate credits during their senior year. These courses may also be applied to your master's degree, provided you receive a B or better. The 600-level courses you select for this purpose must be approved by the department, your graduate advisor 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 required courses for the classes to be applied to the master's degree.

If your GPA drops below 3.2, you will be placed on academic probation for the accelerated program for one semester, which allows you to raise your GPA to 3.2 or higher and return to good standing. If you are unable to do so, you 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 above, students will be able to the use their approved 600-level classes toward their full-time undergraduate status.

Students must pay graduate credit tuition 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.

We recommend you consult with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships if you have any questions about your 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.