4+1 in Industrial Engineering

The accelerated 4+1 program in Industrial Engineering (IE) is available for students currently admitted in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E) in Industrial Engineering or for student admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E) in Engineering Management with a focus in Business Analytics. This allows students to graduate with a bachelor’s and a master’s in IE in five years of full-time course work. This program is particularly suited for students with strong academic backgrounds who are motivated to pursue independent research. Participants will have an opportunity to work in a laboratory/research environment and engage in theoretical and/or experimental work with faculty and doctoral student mentors.

How does it work?

The merge (or integration) between the two programs occurs when students select their Career Focus classes for the bachelor’s program. The Career Focus courses will be 500-level graduate courses and will apply toward the 30-hour master’s degree (in addition to applying toward the 120-hour bachelor’s degree). Once the bachelor’s degree is completed, students will need an additional 20 credit hours to earn the master’s degree.

*Courses can only be eligible for double counting after acceptance into the 4+1.

Students interested in this program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A minimum of 75 credit hours of course work applicable to the B.S.E. program in IE must be completed before beginning the dual degree program.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.20 (4.00 scale) or higher.
  • A minimum of two semesters of full-time enrollment in industrial engineering is required for admission to the program.
  • Students must have completed CSE 205, MAT 242 or 342 or 343, IEE 380, IEE 385, and IEE 376 with  no grade below a “C” (2.00).
  • Students will not be required to take the GRE.

How to Apply?

The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering has developed an internal process for 4+1 accelerated program admissions.

Deadline for Fall admission: August 1st

Deadline for Spring admission: December 15th

Application Process for CIDSE 4+1 Programs:

  • Meet with your CIDSE undergraduate Academic Advisor
  • Review the 4+1 GENERAL GUIDELINES EM-IE to understand the complete requirements for your 4+1 program
  • Review Master’s handbook for your program
  • Meet with CIDSE Graduate Advisor to develop graduate IPOS. IPOS will map out semester by semester completion for the graduate degree within one year of Bachelor’s degree completion. Students who do not adhere to their one year of completion after completing their Bachelor’s degree may be converted to the general Master’s program, which would forfeit their double counted courses.
  • Complete the 4+1 Course Proposal Form with your CIDSE Advisors which identifies up to three (3) courses to be shared for both degree programs
  • Secure two CIDSE faculty recommendations using the recommendation form
  • Complete a Statement of Purpose (1-2 page document outlining why you want to pursue a Master’s degree)
  • International students must complete 90 domestic credits of courses to be eligible to waive the English competency requirement.

Submit all documents above to your CIDSE Advisor to begin the internal review process.  Your CIDSE Advisor will then contact you with you admission decision and next steps in the process, which includes applying to ASU’s Graduate College and paying the Graduate College application fee.

If you are an international student, please review the international students admission requirements to learn which additional documents need to be submitted.

Admission into the 4+1 program is competitive and not guaranteed. Several factors are taken into consideration when evaluating a student’s application: the student’s cumulative GPA, major, institution, personal statement, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and performance in individual courses.

Steps After Admission

Undergraduate students accepted into the integrated program will be eligible for graduate-level courses and seminars. They will be considered as undergraduates until all B.S.E. program requirements have been completed.  Students will need to work closely with their undergraduate advisor to determine the appropriate graduate courses to register for while enrolled in the B.S.E degree and to complete the graduate course registration process.

Upon receipt of the B.S.E. degree, the status of the student will change from undergraduate to graduate, which means the student will be eligible for graduate research assistantships and related health insurance and tuition waivers. Students will not be able to register for their first semester as a Master’s student without notifying a graduate advisor regarding their graduation.

Upon admission to the 4+1 program, students should identify a faculty member at CIDSE as an advisor, if they have not done so already. In consultation with the faculty advisor, the student will develop an integrated plan of study (iPOS) leading to the dual degrees.  Students should frequently check the MS in Industrial Engineering handbook to make sure that they are meeting all of the requirements for their Master’s degree.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing

Satisfactory progress in the integrated 4+1 accelerated program is achieved if the student maintains a 3.00 GPA in overall graduate course work in the student’s approved master’s program of study.  Students who are concerned that they may not be meeting this requirement should meet with their graduate advisor for advice on next steps.

The student may drop out of the 4+1 accelerated program and return to a regular B.S.E. program at any point of time. Students opting to not continue with the 4+1 accelerated program will no longer be able to double count the nine hours towards their graduate degree.  Those nine hours will only count for undergraduate credit for their B.S.E. degree.  Students who are dismissed, or voluntarily withdraw, from the 4+1 accelerated program and return to undergraduate status, are eligible to apply for admission to the stand-alone master’s program in Industrial Engineering.