Civil and Mechanical Engineering

The combined five-year BSME/MSE Program in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) at IPFW is an integrated five-year degree program in which qualified students can receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with area of specialization in Mechanical Engineering. Students enrolled in this program can take up to nine (9) credits (three 500-level or higher graduate courses) from the graduate courses approved as BSME Technical Electives in five-year BSME/MSE Program. These courses will also be counted towards the MSE program, thereby reducing the overall time required for the MSE degree completion.

Benefits of the Program

  • Save Time - Receive both Bachelor’s Degree (BSME) and Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with the area of specialization in Mechanical Engineering in 5 years.
  • Save Money - Take three graduate courses (500-level or higher) in Bachelor’s Degree program. These three courses will also be counted as three courses in the Master’s Degree program.
  • Earn More - Earn more salary with an advanced degree upon completion of this combined program.

Degree Requirements

The requirements for BSME degree and MSE degree stay the same for students pursuing the degrees separately. For BSME degree requirement, please refer to the corresponding Bingo Sheet for BSME degree. All students must complete a total of 30 credit hours as described in the MSE Graduate Guidelines of IPFW. 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 list of graduate courses approved as technical elective courses in the combined BSME/MSE program. See a five-year example plan of study. It should be noted that only classes with grade “C” or better will be counted. Once accepted to the combined BSME/MSE program, students must follow the following rules:

  • Students may complete no more than 9 credits of graduate courses (500-level or higher) to be counted as undergraduate technical electives. These courses must be on the list of graduate courses approved as technical electives for the BSME/MSE program to be counted towards both the undergraduate BS degree and graduate MSE degree.
  • It is required that an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is maintained in the five-year BSME/MSE program.
  • During the 6th semester of undergraduate coursework, students must officially file the Graduate School Admission Application before the deadline specified by the Graduate Program.
  • After satisfactory completion of the BSME degree requirements the undergraduate degree will be awarded.
  • During the application of the 5 Year BSME/MSE combined degree program, students must consult with the graduate advisor and complete the Graduate Plan of Study form (Form 6). Registration for subsequent semesters will be restricted until a draft of the plan of study has been filed. Graduate plan of study may be modified with approval of the student’s graduate committee.
  • Students, who leave the program, whether for failure to meet the program requirements or by withdrawal, will cease to be graduate students but may continue as undergraduate students if they have not been awarded the BS degree. Such students may apply for regular admission to graduate study; but they will not be permitted to use on a subsequent graduate plan of study any graduate courses used to fulfill BS requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the combined five-year BSME/MSE program may be granted under the following conditions:

  • Students must be enrolled in BSME program at IPFW and have not yet received an undergraduate BSME degree.
  • Students must have finished at least 60 credit hours in the respective BSME bingo sheet.
  • Students must have achieved an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Have completed the mathematics sequence of courses equivalent to MA 165 (Calculus I), MA 166 (Calculus II), MA 261 (Multivariable Calculus), MA 351 (Linear Algebra), and MA 363 (Differential Equations).
  • Have completed the physics sequence of courses equivalent to PHYS 152 (Mechanics) and PHYS 251 (Heat, Electricity, and Optics).
  • Acceptance into the program is conditional upon admission to the IPFW Graduate program.
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required.

Application Process

If you have questions feel free to contact Prof. Abu-Mulaweh, Director of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Graduate Program.