Accelerated Master’s FAQs

Why get a M.S.E. degree?

Engineering is fast becoming a field where a M.S.E. degree is of increasing importance for professional development. This degree is also a way to round out and enhance the knowledge gained by the undergraduate experience and to provide specific knowledge in a niche area of engineering. A M.S.E. degree is also a necessary first step toward a Ph.D. degree.

When is the best time to get a M.S.E. degree?

The best time will depend on personal goals and plans. There are several paths to the M.S.E. degree, including continuation immediately after the B.S.E. degree, part-time education in conjunction with employment, and a delayed return to the University after field experience. Students should choose the route that fits with their individual career goals and lifestyle choices.

How can I become involved in the SUGS program before I reach senior standing?

Students who are interested in the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS) program may begin to follow the recommended curriculum for their particular area of study as early as their sophomore year. In addition, there is a seminar course and research conducted with departmental faculty. Students are also welcome to join in other department events, such as the annual picnic and holiday gatherings.

May a SUGS student continue for a Ph.D.?

Yes, the academic selections of the SUGS program are oriented toward a well-rounded preparation for professional life in engineering or for continuing in an academic career in medical school. Doctoral students must apply for admission to the Ph.D. program by submitting an application for Change of Program and a revised statement of purpose. SUGS students are admitted only for a M.S.E. degree. Admission to the Ph.D. program is not guaranteed.