Master of Science/Bachelor of Science - Computer and Electrical Engineering
Integrated Program Description
The University of Texas at San Antonio integrated bachelor and master’s degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. We offer integrated bachelor and master’s degree programs in the following areas. Please link to the program pages and contact the department for more information.
Policy and Admission Requirements for Integrated Bachelor and Master’s Degree Programs
The integrated B.S./M.S. (Bachelor of Science and Master of Science) program administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is designed to make possible for highly motivated and qualified B.S. students to obtain both an undergraduate degree and an advanced degree within an accelerated timeline. Through this program, motivated B.S. students can start working with the faculty advisors on research projects as early as in their senior year.
Program Admission Requirements
Applications to the B.S./M.S. program must be submitted after the completion of 75 semester credit hours of coursework.
The B.S./M.S. program applicants must have a minimum of 3.3 for both cumulative and major grade point averages. For qualified applicants, the department will waive the GRE examination requirement. To apply for the program, students need to:
- Apply online under the category of Integrated B.S./M.S. (B.S. in Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Advanced Materials Engineering); and
- Submit an official UTSA transcript and a Proposed Program of Study with an approval from B.S./M.S. advisors.
Submission of both recommendation letters and a personal statement is optional but highly recommended for consideration of scholarships.
B.S. Degree requirement:
The current undergraduate degree programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering require 126 semester credit hours for completion with fifteen of these hours (five, 3-hour courses) as technical electives. Students accepted into the Integrated B.S./M.S. program will be required to complete 120 undergraduate credit hours and 6 graduate credit hours to replace two of the five undergraduate technical elective courses toward the B.S. degree. Undergraduate students wishing to voluntarily withdraw from the Integrated B.S./M.S. program, must use a combination of five undergraduate technical electives and graduate organized courses to satisfy the original 126-hour regular degree program requirement in order to receive their B.S. degree. Students continuing on in the Integrated B.S./M.S. program will receive their B.S. degrees once they have earned 120 undergraduate credit hours and 6 credit hours of graduate organized courses. The 6 graduate credit hours taken as an undergraduate will be counted toward the M.S. degree requirement.
M.S. Degree requirement: A student enrolled in the Integrated B.S./M.S. program can graduate by completing requirements for a thesis or nonthesis (project) option.
(i) Thesis Option: Students must complete 30 credit hours including 6 hours of thesis work.
(ii) Nonthesis Option: Students must complete 33 credit hours including 3 hours of project work.
Once admitted to the Integrated B.S./M.S. program, students are allowed to take graduate courses as undergraduate students. Students admitted to the Integrated B.S./M.S. program will be reclassified from undergraduate to graduate student status when they have completed 126 semester credit hours of coursework (of any combination of graduate and undergraduate hours) toward their degrees. B.S./M.S. students can receive their B.S. degree upon completion of 126 semester credit hours, including two graduate courses, at which point the program will certify the student’s eligibility to receive the B.S. degree and request the Graduate School to change the student status in the Student Information System.
Financial Aid / Scholarships:
- For tuition purposes, students will be considered undergraduates until they complete their undergraduate requirements, which should be no later than the end of the fourth year.
- Once admitted to an integrated program in their junior or senior year, they will continue to be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate funding.
- After completing 120 credit hours or bachelor’s requirements, students will be classified as a Graduate Student.
For additional information:
Wei- Ming Lin, Ph.D.
Phone: (210) 458-5529