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 length of time required to obtain a graduate degree. Graduate degree credit is generally given for approved graduate courses taken by undergraduates when these courses are not used for credit in the undergraduate degree program of study. Undergraduates may be granted permission to take 600- and 700-level 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 Masterís Degree Program   This program offers outstanding undergraduates the opportunity to write one thesis and to simultaneously complete the bachelorís and masterís degrees in no more than five academic sessions plus two summer sessions. Students must apply for acceptance into the program during their 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 H 403 (Research Proposal Writing). Students are 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 students are approved for admission to full graduate status and can register for any graduate course approved by their advisor. Admission to the graduate degree program becomes effective June 1 after the studentís fourth year.

Immediately after accepting unconditional admittance to the program, students must meet with their advisors to plan a course of studies, including the appropriate humanities requirement (see below), which results in the simultaneous awarding of the bachelorís and masterís degrees no later than the tenth semester in the studentís academic career.

The humanities requirement is met by an alternative program to fulfill the objectives now met in Humanities 401 and 402. The new program is adapted to fit the schedule imposed by masterís 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 their academic load the fourth year, students may sign up for thesis research. At the option of the department, they may be paid for this work at the going rate for undergraduate students.


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