Mechanical Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering

BS/MS Admission & Financial Aid


The application for the five-year B.S./M.S. program consists of an application form for admission to the WPI graduate school, three recommendation forms, and a list of four courses that the applicant proposes to count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. In most cases, the list consists of courses that the applicant will take in his or her senior year. Applications will not be considered if they are submitted prior to the second half of the applicant's junior year. Ideally, applications (including recommendations) should be completed by the first week of the last term (usually D-term) of the junior year.

Acceptance into the program means that the candidate is qualified for graduate school, and signifies approval of the four courses listed for credit toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. However, admission is contingent upon the completion of two graduate courses (from the submitted list) with grades of B or better in each. If grades of C or lower are obtained in any other listed courses, then they are not counted toward the graduate degree, but the applicant is still admitted into the B.S./M.S. program. Students who do not fulfill the admission requirements for the B.S./M.S. program are welcomed to apply for the regular M.S. program in Manufacturing Engineering.

Students who intend to pursue this program must obtain an application form from the Office of Graduate Studies. This form must be filed in the Office of Graduate Studies before a student enrolls in any undergraduate course which is to be used for graduate credit, in order that the professor or department may impose special requirements. Copies of the application will be sent to the academic advisor, to the Registrar, and to the head of the department granting the graduate degree.

In cases where the areas of the undergraduate and graduate degrees differ, the masters granting department may require that the undergraduate Major Qualifying Project relate in some way to that departments discipline. It may also make other requirements as it deems appropriate in any individual case. Hence, each student should come to an agreement in writing on such matters with a designated representative of the graduate department. Students taking full advantage of this program may ordinarily expect to complete the work of the masters degree within one calendar year after receipt of the bachelors degree, or in some cases after only two academic semesters. In many instances, this accelerated approach to education will not be the most desirable route, and the student will benefit more by broadening the undergraduate experience before undertaking graduate study. The best approach will be determined by each student in conjunction with the academic and project advisors.

Financial Aid

The primary financial advantage of the B.S./M.S. program is that by paying only one additional year of tuition, a student can obtain a master's degree that would ordinarily take two years to complete.

In addition, both research and teaching assistantships are available on a limited basis to outstanding graduate students in the fifth year of their B.S./M.S. programs. Research assistantships are awarded to graduate students by individual faculty members with adequate external funding. Students requiring financial aid are urged to discuss the possibilities of obtaining research assistantships first with their MQP advisors, and then with any other faculty member with whom they might be interested in working. For those students unable to obtain research assistantships, teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to fifth-year B.S./M.S. graduate students for a maximum of one academic year. Decisions regarding teaching assistantships will not be made until the second half of the applicant's senior year.

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