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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

5 Year Combined Degree Program in Electrical or Computer Engineering (BS/MSE)

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Program:  5 Year Combined BS/MSE Degree
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology and Computer Science Building 327 – 260-481-6362

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers a five-year program through which students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or in Computer Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with the area of concentration in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Systems Engineering.

The BS and MSE degrees offered through this program are identical to the individual BS and MSE degrees offered by the ECE 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.

Students accepted into this dual-degree 5-yr BS/M.S.E. program can use 12 credits, among which ECE400 level courses (beyond BS degree requirements), graduate 500 or higher level courses with grade B- or above can be included, in the combined BS/M.S.E. plan of study.  These courses must satisfy both degree requirements and appropriate advising is needed.  This reduces the total number of required credits by the MSE degree to 18.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students in the 5 year BS/MSE Combined Degree program will be held accountable for the Student Learning Outcomes associated with the undergraduate degree program that they are enrolled in, either Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering.


  • Both of the undergraduate programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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 BS/MSE program may be granted under the following conditions:

  1. Students must enroll in the BSEE or BSCmpE program at Purdue Fort Wayne and have not yet received an undergraduate BSEE or BSCmpE degree
  2. Students must have finished at least sixty (60) credit hours in the respective BSEE/BSCmpE bingo sheet
  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. The area of concentration for MSE must be declared at the time of application

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

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

Students that meet the admission criteria and wish to enroll in the 5-year BS/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 BS/MSE Program Application : http://www.pfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/ece/5-year-bsmse-program/PreliminaryApplication_5Y_BS-MSE.pdf
  2. Update their Undergraduate Student One Year Plan of Study accordingly
  3. Complete and submit Form GS-27 : https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/faculty/forms.html
  4. Complete the regular application to graduate school of Purdue University : https://gradapply.purdue.edu/apply

Starting fall 2020, for the abovementioned numbers 1 and 3, please use Acrobat Reader to fill the 5-yr application form (Preliminary and GS form 27 combined) and save it as a pdf file.  Don’t sign the forms and email the file to the department administrative assistant.  All signatures will be processed through DocuSign.

The combined form (Preliminary and GS form 27) can be downloaded from ECE website:  http://pfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/ece/5-year-bsmse-program/pfw_ece_5yr_application-forms.pdf

General Requirements

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Combined Program Requirements

The requirements for the BSEE/BSCmpE degree and MSE degree stay the same for students pursuing the degrees separately.

For BSEE and BSCmpE 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 Section 3 in the MSE Graduate Guidelines. The BS degree must be awarded prior to the MSE degree.

Students can count up to 12 credit hours among which ECE400 level courses (beyond BS degree requirements), graduate 500 or higher level course with grade B- or above.

Among the 500 or higher level courses, only those listed below can be counted toward the 5-year BS/MSE Combined Program. Other ECE 500 or higher level courses may also be counted towards five-year BS/MSE combined program with the approval of the Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering Committee.

GPA Requirement

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

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.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study.    All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.

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