Integrated Bachelor's and Master's Degree
The integrated BS and MS degree program for Biological Systems Engineers allows students to save time transitioning seamlessly to the master's degree program upon completion of their bachelor's degree. After the completion of a bachelor's degree the time to completion of a master's degree, under Plan I (Thesis) is 18 months and under Plan II (Comprehensive Examination) is 12 months. This compares to the regular master's degree program expected timeline of 24 months for Plan I and 18 months for Plan II. The program is competitive and rigorous standards are set to ensure students' eventual success.
- Application deadline is the end of Winter Quarter in the students' junior year
- 3.0 GPA (3.25+ recommended) by end of junior year
- GRE Completion (Students with 3.5+ GPA will not be required to take the GRE, though it is recommended)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Identify and meet with a Graduate advisor
- International applicants need to take the TOFEL
Almost all students in the Graduate Program in Biological Systems Engineering, except those in MS Plan II, are employed as Graduate Student Researchers (GSR), Teaching Assistants (TA), or hold fellowships. Those in Plan II, while not usually hired as GSR, can still find funding by becoming a TA in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering or another department. Learn more about funding a graduate degree here.
Student admitted to the program will take an appropriate 3-unit graduate course selected in consultation with their major professor during their senior year, in lieu of the 3-unit upper division engineering elective required for the bachelor of science degree. To see the course requirements, click here.