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Combined BS and MS Degree Programs in Civil Engineering

Our Policy

Civil engineering undergraduates at Clemson University may begin a Master of Science (MS) degree program while completing their Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and use a limited number of courses to satisfy the requirements of both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. The following requirements apply:

  1. Undergraduate students must have an overall GPR of 3.4 or better and must have completed the junior year prior to taking graduate courses. Students are required to maintain this minimum GPR to continue enrollment in a combined degree program.
  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 BS 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 BS 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 BS degree requirements. Students with this conditional acceptance are not eligible for a graduate assistantship until full acceptance is granted.

Students interested in this combined degree program should consult Kristi Baker, Graduate Student Services Manager, and the Civil Engineering Honors Coordinator (if applicable). 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 prior to expected BS 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 degree program will typically complete six hours of graduate credit while completing their BS degree and complete the remaining requirements for a MS degree in one calendar year or less of graduate study.