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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

5 Year BSME/MSE Combined Degree Program

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Program:  B.S.M.E./M.S.E.
Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science

Engineering,  Technology and Computer Science Bldg. Rm. 321 ~ 260-481-6965

The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) offers a five-year program through which qualified students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) as well as a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with the area of specialization in Mechanical Engineering.

The BSME and MSE degrees offered through this program are identical to the individual BSME and MSE degrees offered by the CME department. The combined five-year degree program provides students with the opportunity to obtain these degrees in less time than would be required when pursuing them independently.

Benefits of the Program

  • Save Time - Receive both Bachelor’s Degree (BSME) and Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with the area of specialization in Mechanical Engineering in 5 years.
  • Save Money - Take three graduate courses (500-level or higher) in Bachelor’s Degree program. These three courses will also be counted as three courses in the Master’s Degree program.
  • Earn More - Earn more salary with an advanced degree upon completion of this combined program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students in the 5 Year BSME/MSE Combined Degree program will be held accountable for the Student Learning outcomes associated with the undergraduate degree program. 


  • The undergraduate program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Delivery:

  • For this combined program, most of the undergraduate courses are delivered primarily as on-campus courses; however, some of the General Education courses are available as hybrid and/or on-line courses and those can be used to satisfy program requirements.  When it comes to the graduate level courses, there are several opportunities to take courses on-line from the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University, but students need to check with their advisor before registering for any such course.

Declaring this Major:

Admission to the combined five-year BSME/MSE program may be granted under the following conditions:

  1. Students must be enrolled in the BSME program at Purdue University Fort Wayne and have not yet received an undergraduate BSME degree
  2. Students must have finished at least sixty (60) credit hours in the respective BSME curriculum
  3. Students must have achieved an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or equivalent at the time of application
  4. Student must have completed the mathematics sequence of courses equivalent to:
  • MA 16500 (Calculus I)
  • MA 16600 (Calculus II)
  • MA 26100 (Multivariable Calculus)
  • MA 35100 (Linear Algebra)
  • MA 36300 (Differential Equations)

      5.  Student must have complete the physics sequence of courses equivalent to:

  • PHYS 15200 ( Mechanics)
  • PHYS 25100 (Heat, Electricity and Optics)

      6.  Acceptance into the program is conditional upon admission to the Purdue University Fort Wayne Graduate program

      7.  No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required

Students that meet the admission criteria and wish to enroll in the combined BSME/MSE program should consult with their academic advisor during the second semester of their junior year or earlier, and

  1. Complete and submit the Five Year BSME/MSE Program Application (https://www.pfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/cme/5-year-program/F2018_Five%20Year%20BSME-MSE%20Application.pdf)
  2. Complete and submit Form GS-27 (https://www.pfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/cme/5-year-program/gs-form-27.pdf)
  3. Complete the regular application to graduate school of Purdue University (https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/)

General Requirements:

Combined Program Requirements

Combined Degree Requirements

The requirements for the BSME degree and MSE degree stay the same for students pursuing the degrees separately.

For BSME degree requirements, please refer to the corresponding program requirements in the catalog. All students must complete a total of 30 credit hours as described in the MSE Graduate Guidelines. The BSME degree must be awarded prior to the MSE degree.

Students can count up to nine (9) credit hours (three 500-level or higher graduate courses) from the lists provided below:


Course Number

 Course Name

Credit Hour

 Pre- and Co-requisites

 ME 50500

 Intermediate Heat Transfer


 P: ME 32100

 ME 50900

 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics


 P: ME 31800

 ME 54400

 Modeling and Simulation of Mechanical Systems


 P: Graduate Standing or Instructor Permission

 ME 54500

 Finite  Element Analysis: Advanced Theory & Applications


 P: ME 48000 or Graduate Standing

 ME 54600

 CAD/CAM Theory and Advanced Applications


 P: ME 16000, ME 43200, or Graduate Standing

ME 54700

Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation


P:  ME 36100 or Graduate Standing

 ME 55000

 Advanced Stress Analysis


 P: ME 25200, ME 30300 and MA 36300

 SE 55000

 Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Processes


 P: ENGR 41000 or ME 48700 or Graduate Standing

 STAT 51100

 Statistical Methods


 P: 2 semesters of Calculus

GPA Requirement

It is required that an Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 be maintained while enrolled in the 5-Year BSME/MSE Combined Program.

Total Credits: 141 (approx.)

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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