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Accelerated BE/MS Program

BE/MS Accelerated Program Overview:

The Department of Civil Engineering offers an “Accelerated Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Science Program” to qualified Stony Brook undergraduate CIV students. Admitted students are allowed to take up to 6 graduate credits that will be counted towards both their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements; subsequently reducing the total time needed to obtain the M.S. degree. 

The major benefit of the program is that it allows students to make graduate graduate courses taken during their undergraduate years count towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a result, students can complete both degrees in five years (i.e., just one extra year/two semesters). Generally, three or four semesters are needed to obtain an M.S. degree in the graduate program.

Requirements for Admission:

1. You need to be a Civil Engineering student with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above at the time of application to enroll. Applicants interested in a graduate degree who do not meet these criteria are encouraged to apply directly to the M.S. program.

2. Applicants must also have completed at least three upper-division Civil Engineering courses at Stony Brook

Admission into the program is competitive and needs to be approved by the Civil Engineering Graduate Admissions Committee. The B.E./M.S. is a sequential degree program; therefore, you will remain an undergraduate student until the bachelor's degree requirements are completed.

Application:

Students are encouraged to apply to this five-year program in the spring semester of their junior year and must include these documents in the application:

  • Application Checklist
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Recommendation Letters from Faculty (one must be from a current CIV department faculty member); Recommendation letters should be sent directly from the author to the Graduate Program Director
  • Discuss course registration with academic advisor, and include draft of graduate program plan

Registering for graduate courses:

If you are admitted to the Accelerated Program , SOLAR will not let you simply add a grad class; you must get permission from the Graduate School first. To get this permission, you must complete the form “Permission for Undergraduate Students in the Accelerated Degree Program” and submit it to the Civil Engineering Graduate Coordinator at least 3 weeks before the semester starts. This form will be signed by the Graduate Program Director and then sent to the Grad School for review and approval. Please note that students may elect to take all 6 credits of M.S. coursework in one semester, although it is not recommended.

Unless you are enrolled in the Accelerated Program, a graduate course taken while an undergraduate student will not be counted toward the M.S. degree even if you are later admitted into the M.S. program.

More Details About the Program:

The Accelerated BE/MS program is designed to allow civil engineering students with good academic standing to graduate with both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in five years. This is achieved by allowing undergraduate students in the program to take multiple graduate courses as their undergraduate technical electives. These graduate courses will also be counted towards their Master's degree. According to the Graduate School policy, up to 6 credits taken as an undergraduate student may be counted for both degrees.

The tables below show a typical course sequences for the last two years of study. 

Fall, Senior Year
(undergraduate)

Credit Hours

Spring, Senior Year
(undergraduate)

Credit Hours

CIV 342

1

CIV 441

3

CIV 410

3

SBC Course

3

CIV 420

3

SBC Course

3

CIV 440

3

Specialization Course

3

Specialization Course –
CIV 4XX

3

Specialization Course –

CIV 4XX

3

Specialization Course –

CIV 5XX

3

Specialization Course –

CIV 5XX

3

Total =

16

Total =

15

 

Fall, 5 th Year
(Graduate)

Credit Hours

Spring, 5 th Year
(Graduate)

Credit Hours

CIV 691

1

CIV 596

3

CIV 596

3

CIV 5XX

3

CIV 5XX

3

CIV 5XX

3

CIV 5XX

3

CIV 5XX

3

CIV 5XX

3

 

 

Total =

13

Total =

12 

 

Earning the Bachelor's degree:

You will get your B.E. degree when you have fulfilled the requirements regardless of whether you are still in the Accelerated Program or not.

Applying for Graduate School as an Accelerated Program Participant:

1. The Graduate School requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of students' senior year to matriculate into the graduate program

2. S tudents planning on advancing to their MS program, must meet with the CIV Grad Program Coordinator before their last final exam of their final semester of their undergraduate program. With the help of the CIV Graduate Office, students will apply to the Grad School to be matriculated in their MS program in Civil Engineering. Grad Application here.

3. Once formally admitted into your M.S. program, you are required to attend New Graduate Student Orientation for the Graduate School and Civil Engineering.

 

FAQs

Can I continue the graduate portion of the program as a part-time student after completing the B.E. degree?

Yes. In this case, you will not be able to finish both degrees in five years. However, you will still be allowed to remain in the program to complete the M.S. degree requirements.

What about campus housing?

If you are living on campus, you are expected to move from Undergraduate to Graduate Housing once you begin your Graduate Career during the fifth year. However, a grace period of six months may be granted. 

What about financial support?

In general, you are expected to be self-funded and would not normally be considered candidates for a Tuition Scholarship. You will not be considered for TA positions since TA positions are generally only offered to graduate students in the Ph.D. program according to the Graduate School Policy. RA positions may be offered, but only in special cases due to the shortened length of the program. However, the SPIR Program may offer opportunities to work part-time at local companies with stipend and tuition waiver. Please contact Prof. Anurag Purwar for more information regarding the SPIR Program.

Whom should I contact for more information?

Schedule an appointment with your Civil Engineering academic adviser. You may also contact the Graduate Program Director for program related information or the Graduate Program Coordinator, for administrative questions.