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Count part of your senior year towards a master’s degree 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 students 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 include 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 21 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/EM 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 grades posted or in-progress for CSE 205, MAT 242 or 342 or 343, IEE 380, IEE 385, and IEE 376. A grade of B or better in these courses is strongly recommended.
  • Students will not be required to take the GRE.

Application instructions


Spring deadline to apply:  12/15

Fall deadline to apply:  8/1

Application process for CIDSE 4+1 programs

How to enroll in graduate courses once accepted

  • Meet with CIDSE graduate advisor to develop graduate IPOS. Students MUST plan to finish their graduate program within one year of completing their Bachelor’s degree.
  • Students who do not finish their graduate requirements within 1.5 years of completing their Bachelors degree may be converted to the regular IE Master’s, which would result in the forfeit of the shared 9 credit hours.
  • Complete the 4+1 Proposal Form with your CIDSE graduate advisor which identifies up to three (3) courses to be shared for both degree programs
  • The 4+1 proposal form will be routed to the undergraduate advisor upon completion. The undergraduate advisor will assist the student with registration and DARS exceptions while the student is still enrolled in their undergraduate degree.

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 Graduate 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.

Students pursuing the thesis option for the 4+1 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.