Five-Year BS/MS Program

 

The BSMS program seeks to engage undergraduate students at Georgia Tech who indicate an interest in, and ability for, additional education beyond the BS degree. Students with significant AP credit will be especially well positioned to take full advantage of this opportunity.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

Students are eligible to apply for the program after they have completed ChBE 3200. Students can apply to the BSMS program as late as their last semester in the BS program, but must do so by mid-semester. Students must have a Georgia Tech GPA of 3.5 or higher for admission into the program.

To apply, qualified students should start a new application through Georgia Tech Graduate Studies at this link. Although the on-line application will ask for GRE scores and three references (required for external MS applicants), the GRE is not required and only 1 reference letter is required for GT undergrads applying to the BSMS program. In addition, a fee is not charged to current BS students who apply to the BSMS program. Students applying will need to write a short essay explaining their purpose in obtaining an MS degree.

Admission into the program will be based on academic performance at Georgia Tech, as well as the potential for advanced study as assessed from the essay and recommendation letter. Continuation in the program will require the student to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This GPA requirement should not deter students from taking challenging courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after receiving the B.S. degree.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

One reason that students find the program beneficial is the ability to count up to 6 h of undergrad electives towards the BS and MS degree simultaneously, which is known as the Graduate Course Option as described in the Institute Catalog. These are applied to elective courses. The other reason is that students can take up to 12 h of graduate courses prior to receiving their BS degree. Students in the Five-year BS/MS Program will remain undergraduates until they meet the requirements for the BS degree; afterwards, their status will change to graduate student. IMPORTANT: after completing 12 h of graduate courses while an undergraduate, students are required to graduate with the BS degree and enroll as an MS student prior to taking the remainder of graduate courses. An undergraduate can take no more than 12 h of graduate credit towards the MS degree.

Students are not permitted to pursue the thesis MS degree under the BSMS program. It is a coursework-only program.

QUESTIONS

For BSMS application, registration, and graduation questions, please contact Janice Whatley, the ChBE Graduate Academic Advisor. If you have questions about the purpose and benefits of the MS degree, please contact Dr. Carson Meredith, ChBE Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

M.S. Degree Requirements for the 5-Yr. BS/MS Degree

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CHE 6XXX

Chemical Engineering Elective

3

ChE 6100

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (offered in Fall)

3

ChE 6200

Transport Phenomena: Momentum and Heat Transfer (offered in Fall)

3

ChE 6260

Mass Transfer (offered in Spring)

3

ChE 6300

Kinetics and Reactor Design (offered in Fall)

3

ChE 6500

Mathematical Modeling of Chemical Processes (offered in Fall)

3

 

Other Electives (from any School)

12

 

Total Credit Hours

30