May 27, 2018
Engineering, Technology and Computer Science Building 327 – 260-481-6362 – ipfw.edu/ece
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers a five-year program through which students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or in Computer Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with the area of specialization in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.
The BS and MSE degrees offered through this program are identical to the individual BS and MSE degrees offered by the ECE 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 dual-degree program can use nine (9) credits of graduate 500-level or higher courses in the combined BS/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.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students in the 5 year BS/MSE Combined Degree program will be held accountable for the Student Learning Outcomes associated with the undergraduate degree program that they are enrolled in, either Computer Engineering or Electrial Engineering.
Both of the undergraduate programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
For this combined program, most of the undergraduate courses are delivered primarily as on-campus courses; however, some of the General Education courses are available as hybrid and/or on-line courses and those can be used to satisfy program requirements.
When it comes to the graduate level courses, there are several opportunities to take courses on-line from the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University, but students need to check with their advisor before registering for any such course.
Admission to the combined five-year BS/MSE program may be granted under the following conditions:
- Students must be enrolled in the BSEE or BSCmpE program at IPFW and have not yet received an undergraduate BSEE or BSCmpE degree
- Students must have finished at least sixty (60) credit hours in the respective BSEE/BSCmpE bingo sheet
- Students must have achieved an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or equivalent at the time of application
- 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. The area of specialization for MSE must be declared at the time of application
7. Acceptance into the program is conditional upon admission to the IPFW Graduate program
8. No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required
Combined Program Requirements
The requirements for the BSEE/BSCmpE degree and MSE degree stay the same for students pursuing the degrees separately.
For BSEE and BSCmpE 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 Section 3 in the MSE Graduate Guidelines. The BS 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.
Only ECE 500-/600-level courses listed below can be counted toward the 5-year BS/MSE Combined Program. No other courses can be counted towards both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree.
Group I for Computer Engineering
Group II for Computer Engineering
Group I for Electrical Engineering
Group II for Electrical Engineering
It is required that an Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 be maintained while enrolled in the 5-Year BS/MSE Combined Program.