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Get a head start on your master’s degree while still an undergraduate. You’ll save time and money. The degree allows students to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

A master’s degree in engineering or computer science sets you apart and helps specialize your skills. It can also make you more attractive to employers, opening up management opportunities and increasing your competitive advantage.

This fast-track program enables outstanding students to begin their master’s degree in their senior year, “double counting” up to six credits towards their undergraduate and graduate degrees at the same time, at the significantly lower undergraduate tuition rate. And, students in this program don’t need to take the GRE exam for admission to the Graduate School.

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Program Type

Accelerated Graduate

Program Format

On Campus

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Get ahead while saving time and money

Save Time24Credits to MS after BS
Save Money6MS credits taken at UG rate
0GRE test needed
MS credits valid5years after graduation

Four Simple Requirements:

  1. Currently enrolled in a UWM engineering or CS program,
  2. 3.2+ GPA,
  3. Approximately 36 or fewer credits remaining to earn your bachelor’s degree,
  4. Faculty approval from the respective UWM engineering or CS department.

Start the process in your junior year; you’ll begin graduate courses in your senior year.

  1. Start by meeting with your undergraduate academic advisor to determine your eligibility. Ideally, you should meet with your advisor in the second semester of your junior year and start graduate courses in your senior year.
  2. Meet with a faculty advisor in your department of interest to discuss the Accelerated Master’s Program of Study (form available at the Forms tab or pick one up in EMS E386 or E379). You must be admitted to the Accelerated Master’s Program prior to the start of your final undergraduate semester.
  3. Submit the proposed Accelerated Master’s Program of Study form to the College of Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Programs Office (EMS E379).
  4. If your program of study is approved, register for two graduate-level courses (six credits) in your senior year. If a course has U/G status, you must follow the syllabus and grading scale designated for graduate students. NOTE: In order to earn graduate credit for these courses, you must receive a grade of “B” or better.
  5. If you plan to go to graduate school directly after graduating, at the beginning of your last undergraduate semester, you need to formally apply to the Graduate School. If you intend to start the Master’s immediately after graduation we recommend that you apply by September 1 to begin in spring or April 1 for fall.

Once you are admitted to the Accelerated Master’s Program you are required to meet the academic standards of the Graduate School. See the Graduate School policies and procedures.

Download and complete the appropriate form before meeting with your advisor.

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UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science

Graduate Programs & Research Office

EMS E379