9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Admission Requirements | Financial Assistance | Special Fellowships | General Requirements
Right to Petition | Transfer Credit | Air Force and Army ROTC | Graduate Degree Credit for Undergraduates
Joint Degree Program | Master of Science | Master of Engineering | Part-time Graduate Students
Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program | Doctor of Philosophy
Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science Universities (VCES)

Graduate Degree Credit for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to plan for graduate school early in their undergraduate careers. In many cases, it will be possible for students to obtain graduate degree credit while completing undergraduate programs and shorten the time required to obtain a graduate degree. Graduate degree credit will generally be given for approved graduate courses taken by undergraduates when these courses are not used for credit in the undergraduate degree program of studies. Undergraduates may be granted permission to take 600 and 700 number series courses. Qualifications include fourth-year standing and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2. Only one graduate course per semester is permitted.

Accelerated Master's Degree Program   This program offers the outstanding undergraduate the opportunity to write one thesis and to receive simultaneously the bachelor's and master's degrees in no more than five academic sessions plus two summer sessions. The student must apply for acceptance into the program during his or her third year. The application deadline is February 1. The students selected must spend the summer between their third and fourth years working on a research project under the supervision of a research advisor and enroll in H403, Research Proposal Writing. The student will be admitted unconditionally to the ABMP at the end of the summer period upon the recommendation of the research advisor and satisfactory performance on the research project. At the same time, the student will be approved for admission to full graduate status and can register for any graduate course approved by his or her advisor. (For technical reasons, the admission to a graduate degree program will not become effective until June 1 of the student's fourth year.)

Immediately after accepting unconditional admittance to the program, the student must meet with his or her advisor to plan a course of studies, including the appropriate humanities requirement (see below), that will result in the simultaneous awarding of the bachelor's and master's degrees no later than the tenth semester in the student's academic career.

The humanities requirement will be met by an alternative program to fulfill the objectives now met in Humanities 401 and 402. The new program will be adapted to fit the schedule imposed by master's theses or projects rather than undergraduate theses. The alternate program consists of H 403 (1 credit), H 501 (3 credits), and H 502 (2 credits).

Depending on his or her academic load the fourth year, a student may sign up for thesis research. At the option of the department, the student may be paid for this work at the going rate for undergraduate students.


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