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ECE BS/MS Program

Undergraduates in the ECE department who have maintained a good academic record in both departmental and overall course work are encouraged to participate in the five-year B.S./M.S. program. Participation in the program will permit students to complete the requirements for the M.S. degree within one year following receipt of the B.S. degree.



Recommendation Letter with Waiver of Access Form

Students should apply to the ECE 5 YR BS/MS Program when they are 4 quarters away from graduation after they have completed some upper division major courses.


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Application available in April. DUE May 29

Admissions decisions sent mid-July

Senior Year

(last academic year of BS program)

If schedule allows, take graduate level courses.

If schedule allows, take graduate level courses.

If schedule allows, take graduate level courses.

Students must complete their undergraduate degree by the end of summer to start the Master’s Program in the fall.


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Students must complete the ECE department’s internal application initially. If accepted by the department, students will be required to fill out the UCSD Graduate Application online, and pay the $80 fee ($100 for International Students). No GRE scores are required. A GPA of at least 3.0 both overall and in the major and strong letters of recommendation are required to be considered for program admission. However since this program is highly competitive, higher GPA is typically necessary to secure admission.

Please note: The CE major can only be selected at the time of application/admission to UCSD. Changing/transferring into this major will not be allowed.


Once admitted to the B.S./M.S. program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all courses through the winter quarter of the senior year and in addition must at all times maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their graduate course work. Students not satisfying these requirements may be re-evaluated for continuation in the program.

Admission for graduate study through the B.S./M.S.  program will be for the M.S. degree only. Undergraduate students wishing to continue toward the Ph.D. degree must apply and be evaluated according to the usual procedures and criteria for admission to the Ph.D. program.


Please refer to the general catalog for details on requirements for the Master of Science program. Consult with graduate advisors if you are unclear about this program.

Students in the five-year B.S./M.S. program must complete the same requirements as those in the regular M.S. program. Completion of the M.S. degree requirements within one year following receipt of the B.S. degree will generally require that students begin graduate course work in their senior year. Students must have received their B.S. degree before they will be eligible to enroll as graduate students in the department.