Feb 15, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

5 Year BSME/MSE Combined Degree Program

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Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science

Engineering,  Technology and Computer Science Bldg. Rm. 321
Phone #:  260-481-6965
Email Address:  ipfw.edu/cme

Program Overview

The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) offers a five-year program through which students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) as well as a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with the area of specialization in Mechanical Engineering.

The BSME and MSE degrees offered through this program are identical to the individual BSME and MSE degrees offered by the CME department. The combined five-year degree program provides students with the opportunity to obtain these degrees in less time than would be required when pursuing them independently.

Students accepted into this combined BSME/MSE program can use 9 credits of graduate 500-level or higher courses in the combined BSME/MSE plan of study. These courses must satisfy both degree requirements and appropriate advising is needed. This reduces the total number of required credits by the MSE degree to 21.

Combined Degree Requirements

The requirements for the BSME degree and MSE degree stay the same for students pursuing the degrees separately.

For BSME degree requirements, please refer to the corresponding program requirements in the Bulletin. All students must complete a total of 30 credit hours as described in the MSE Graduate Guidelines. The BSME degree must be awarded prior to the MSE degree.

Students can count up to nine (9) credit hours (three 500-level or higher graduate courses) from the lists provided below:


Course Number

 Course Name

Credit Hour

 Pre- and Co-requisites

 ME 50500

 Intermediate Heat Transfer


 P: ME 32100

 ME 50900

 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics


 P: ME 31800

 ME 54400

 Modeling and Simulation of Mechanical Systems


 P: Graduate Standing or Instructor Permission

 ME 54500

 Finite  Element Analysis: Advanced Theory & Applications


 P: ME 48000 or Graduate Standing

 ME 54600

 CAD/CAM Theory and Advanced Applications


 P: ME 16000, ME 43200, or Graduate Standing

 ME 55000

 Advanced Stress Analysis


 P: ME 25200, ME 30300 and MA 36300

 SE 55000

 Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Processes


 P: ENGR 41000 or ME 48700 or Graduate Standing

 STAT 51100

 Statistical Methods


 P: 2 semesters of Calculus

Admission Criteria

Admission to the combined five-year BSME/MSE program may be granted under the following conditions:

  1. Students must be enrolled in the BSME program at IPFW and have not yet received an undergraduate BSME degree
  2. Students must have finished at least sixty (60) credit hours in the respective BSME curriculum
  3. Students must have achieved an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or equivalent at the time of application
  4. Student must have completed the mathematics sequence of courses equivalent to:
  • MA 16500 (Calculus I)
  • MA 16600 (Calculus II)
  • MA 26100 (Multivariable Calculus)
  • MA 35100 (Linear Algebra)
  • MA 36300 (Differential Equations)

      5.  Student must have complete the physics sequence of courses equivalent to:

  • PHYS 15200 ( Mechanics)
  • PHYS 25100 (Heat, Electricity and Optics)

      6.  Acceptance into the program is conditional upon admission to the IPFW Graduate program

      7.  No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required

Application Process

Students that meet the admission criteria and wish to enroll in the combined BSME/MSE program should consult with their academic advisor during the second semester of their junior year or earlier, and

  1. Complete and submit the Five Year BSME/MSE Program Application (http://ipfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/cme/5-year-program/Five%20Year%20BSME-MSE%20Application.pdf)
  2. Complete and submit Form GS-27 (http://ipfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/cme/5-year-program/gs-form-27.pdf)
  3. Complete the regular application to graduate school of Purdue University (https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/)

GPA Requirement

It is required that an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is maintained while enrolled in the five-year BSME/MSE program.

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