Integrated BS-MS Program

The Integrated BS-MS degree program is designed to provide high-achieving ME undergraduate students with the opportunity to be exposed to graduate courses and to encourage them to continue with a graduate degree by reducing the time needed for degree completion. Up to nine credit hours of approved graduate-level course work can be taken as technical electives for the grade of B or better during the senior year and those credit hours will be waived for the graduate degree. The following conditions are needed to enroll in the Integrated BS-MS program:

  1. A minimum of two semesters of full-time enrollment in B.S. of Mechanical Engineering program at UNLV is required.
  2. A minimum of 90 credit hours of course work applicable to the B.S. of Mechanical Engineering degree must be completed before beginning the joint degree program.
  3. An overall cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and a cumulative GPA in math/science/engineering of 3.50 or higher is needed to begin the joint degree program.
  4. Student has to choose the thesis option.

Application/Nomination Procedure

Students interested in this program and who also meet the credentials listed above should request a letter of nomination from a Mechanical Engineering faculty member. Submit this letter along with a short resume (no more than 2 pages) to the main office of the department of Mechanical Engineering. The materials will be evaluated by the Graduate Program Coordinator, Department Chair and an ad-hoc committee as needed.

B.S. Degree Requirements

  1. Students must meet all of the existing B.S. degree requirements in Mechanical Engineering at UNLV.
  2. Students may take up to 9 credits of graduate level courses in place of undergraduate courses. These classes would typically substitute for the undergraduate technical electives.
  3. Undergraduates taking graduate courses will pay the graduate tuition for these courses.
  4. Students will graduate with the B.S. degree as soon as all of the B.S. degree requirements are completed.

M.S. Degree Requirements

  1. Once a student has been admitted to the Integrated B.S.-M.S. program, they must then submit an application for one of the M.S. programs in Mechanical Engineering. Follow the normal application procedures found on the UNLV Graduate College website. a. Students must meet all the application deadlines. b. Students should indicate in their application materials that they are participating in the Integrated B.S.-M.S. program. c. Students participating in this program do not need to submit GRE scores or letters of recommendation.
  2. Students may pursue any of the M.S. programs within the Mechanical Engineering department.
  3. Students may be released from up to 9 credits of classes towards completion of the M.S. degree as long as the average G.P.A for these classes taken as part of the undergraduate program is a 3.0 or above.
  4. Students must meet all of the other degree requirements for the M.S. degree including a minimum 15 credits of “ME 700” level courses. If a student takes a 3-credit “700” level course as part of their undergraduate degree; it will count towards the 15 credit minimum.
  5. Students must take the thesis option to receive the course release.