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Combined BS and MS Degree Programs in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering undergraduates at Clemson University may begin a Master of Science (M.S.) degree program while completing their Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The B.S./M.S. program in Civil Engineering provides eligible undergraduate students (3.4 GPA or higher) with the opportunity to get a head-start on graduate studies by allowing them to use a limited number of graduate courses to satisfy requirements for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Following are some guidelines:

  1. Students must maintain the minimum GPR of 3.4 to continue enrollment in a combined degree program. Typically, courses taken as a B.S./M.S. student are not transferable to other programs, either at Clemson or other schools.
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required to be submitted as part of their Graduate School application. However, applicants are encouraged to submit GRE scores to receive full consideration for graduate fellowships and assistantships upon completion of their B.S. degree.
  3. Up to 6 semester hours from any 6000-level or 8000-level Civil Engineering course may be used to satisfy the requirements of their B.S. degree. These courses will be counted as technical electives.
  4. Graduate courses taken by an undergraduate may also be included in the graduate program of study. However, since approval of the program of study by the student's graduate advisory committee is required, students should consult with their academic advisors before selecting courses to be included in their graduate program.
  5. Students in a combined degree program are conditionally accepted to the graduate program until completion of the B.S. degree requirements. Students with this conditional acceptance are not eligible for a graduate assistantship until full acceptance is granted.
  6. B.S./M.S. students in their final undergraduate semester may also take a limited number of 6000-level or 8000-level courses to be used for future graduate credit only.

Students pursuing an optional emphasis area in their undergraduate degree program may substitute 6000-level courses for any 4000-level counterpart taken to meet the requirements of an emphasis area. Application for this program should be made by the end of the junior year, but no later than one semester before expected B.S. graduation. Application details are available in the Academic Regulations section of the Graduate School Announcements.

The civil engineering faculty envision students enrolled in this combined program will typically complete six hours of graduate credit while completing their B.S. degree and completing the remaining M.S. degree requirements in one calendar year or less of graduate study.


Students interested in this combined degree program should consult Kristi Baker, Graduate Student Services Manager, and the Civil Engineering Honors Coordinator (if applicable).

The GS6BS/M.S. Form will serve as your application to the civil engineering graduate program – no additional application is required. However, while the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not mandatory, some fellowship applications may require GRE scores.