4+1 Civil Engineering BS/MS Program

Andria Costello Staniec, Civil Engineering Program Director
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Description: The combined BS/MS degree is designed to provide exceptional students at Syracuse University with the opportunity to “work ahead” and complete some of their future graduate-level degree requirements as an undergraduate student.

The combined degree is for students to complete the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and the Masters of Science in Civil Engineering degrees consecutively, with a goal of completing both degree requirements in five years. 6 credits of 500-level or higher courses may be counted towards both Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Both shared and flagged credits will appear on the graduate transcript as a block of transfer credits labeled “transferred from SU undergraduate record”. These credits will not count toward graduate GPA calculations. A minimum grade of B is required to share or flag a course for transfer.

Admission: Students must be currently enrolled in the Civil Engineering BS program at Syracuse University, and should apply to the combined BS and MS program in the first semester of their third year of study. Admission is based upon academic performance. Students are accepted for graduate study after completion of the third year of study but are not fully matriculated as graduate students until all bachelor's degree requirements have been met.

Internal Application Packet
The application packet must consist of the following:

  • One faculty recommendation;
  • The applicant’s personal statement;
  • CV or resume; and
  • Unofficial transcript.

Faculty recommendations must be submitted directly from the faculty member on the appropriate form to the department’s administrative assistant.

Personal Statement - Applicants must include a one page personal statement explaining their interest in the 5 year BS/MS program and identifying the concentration (Construction and Infrastructure; Geomechanical and Geotechnical; or Structural and Material) they would like to pursue: 12pt. Times New Roman font; and 1in. margins on all sides.

Students in their third year that are interested should submit their application materials to the department’s administrative assistant by January 1st. Admission decisions will be made in February. Admitted students will meet with a graduate advisor to go over course selections for their senior year. Students admitted to the program will submit their official graduate application to their respective Master’s program before the start of their senior year.

Information on the Graduate Program Requirements can be found in the CEE Graduate Handbook.

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