B.S./M.S. Frequently Asked Questions Page

Where can I find my major and overall GPA?

You may find both your overall GPA and major GPA on your Degree Audit.   For the Major GPA,  you may find it under the "Upper Division Major GPA" section.

If I don’t have my Upper Division Major GPA yet,  what should I put in my Major GPA section on the application?

You may put “N/A” on the application for now.  We will check your Degree Audit again when we review your application. 

Should I submit Letters of Recommendation if my GPA might drop below 3.4 at the end of the quarter? 

Letters of recommendation are not required for applicants with a major OR overall GPA above 3.4.  If you currently have an above 3.4 GPA but you are concerned that your GPA might drop below 3.4 at the end of the quarter,  you may still submit your Letters of Recommendation now along with your application.  

Can I change my major after being admitted to the B.S./M.S. program?

You may submit a request to ecebsmsadmissions@ucsd.edu before your graduation quarter.  

What does "impacted" mean in concentrations?

Impacted means that this is a very popular major. The only students who can pursue an impacted major are the ones that were admitted to that major. After you start your M.S. program,  you are not allowed to switch to our impacted majors.  For example, if you get accepted into the MLDS major and would like to switch to our CE major after your M.S. program begins,  this is not allowed and no exceptions can be made.  

How do I enroll in graduate-level classes as an undergraduate student? 

B.S./M.S. admitted students may enroll in graduate courses before starting their M.S. program.  Since you are not officially a graduate student,  you will need to submit an EASy request on TritonLink and receive departmental approval. Please denote that you are a B.S./M.S. admitted student in the comments section when submitting your EASy request. 

I am in my last quarter of my B.S. program. Open enrollment begins for the next quarter,  which will be my first M.S. quarter.  Can I enroll in classes now on WebReg?    

If you are graduating from your B.S. program and will begin your M.S. program the following quarter, please do NOT enroll or waitlist in classes during the enrollment period until your graduate record is created. Please wait until your graduate record to be created before enrolling or waitlisting any classes on WebReg otherwise your undergraduate degree will not be conferred by the Registrar's Office.  Please check our Admitted Students page for more details.  

When can I transfer my coursework to my M.S. program?  

B.S. degree MUST be conferred and updated on Academic History. If your degree has not been posted yet, please wait until it is visible and then initiate the transfer.  In any given quarter, please email your primary M.S. Advisor to transfer your courses/units at the start of the M.S. program so that there are no delays with your graduation paperwork.  Please see the Transfer Coursework From B.S. to M.S. tab under “Helpful Information to Start Planning the M.S. Program” for more information. 

If I can complete my undergraduate program earlier than I expected, or if I need extra quarter(s) to complete my undergraduate degree, can I change my M.S. program starting quarter? 

Yes,  we understand that plans may change.  Please notify us as soon as possible.  You will need to email us at least one quarter before your undergraduate program completion quarter.  We will adjust your M.S. program starting quarter accordingly.  

After I am admitted to the B.S./M.S. program, can I take a gap quarter between my B.S. and M.S. program? 

Since the B.S./M.S. program is a contiguous program, we do not allow any breaks between your B.S. and M.S..  Admitted students are required to start their M.S. in the following quarter after they graduate from their B.S.  If you would like to take a gap quarter in between both programs, please apply through the general M.S. admissions cycle.

If I get admitted to the B.S./M.S. program, do I have to go to this program or can I still apply for other M.S. programs in other departments or universities? 

Yes,  you are welcome to apply for other M.S. programs in other departments or universities. 

Can I apply to both the Ph.D. program and the B.S./M.S. program?

Yes, you may apply to both.  To apply for the Ph.D. program, you will need to apply through our general admission cycles.  Alternatively,  once you are in the B.S./M.S. program,  you would be eligible to transfer to the Ph.D. program upon meeting the M.S. degree requirements. Please visit M.S. to Ph.D. Transfer Guidelines for more information. 

What is a good academic standing for the graduate level? 

Good academic standing is determined by meeting departmental and graduate studies standards; a GPA of 3.0 or above, in upper-division, graduate and professional course work; satisfactory spring evaluation; and having no more than a total of eight units of "F" and/or "U" grades. 

Can I choose the P/NP grading option for my graduate level courses?  What are the differences between P/NP vs. S/U? 

Yes you can.  Please note that the P/NP grading option is for undergraduate students; S/U grading option is for graduate students, so you won’t be using the S/U grading option until you are officially in the M.S. program.  P is the equivalent of C- or higher, and S is the equivalent of B- or higher.  Please read the UCSD Grading System page and About Grades on Tritonlink for more information

However, if you plan on transferring your graduate level courses to your M.S. program,  courses must be taken for a letter grade and earn a B- or better.  And these courses cannot be counted towards your undergraduate degree.  For more information about transferring courses,  please visit our “Admitted Students” page,  under the “Earning the M.S. Degree - What to Expect” tab. 

If my current B.S./M.S. application is declined,  can I apply again for the next application cycle?  

Yes,  you may apply again for the next application cycle. 

If I have a double major and one of them is ECE, can I still apply?  

Yes, as long as you meet all the minimum requirements listed on our B.S./M.S. Admissions page

If I'm admitted to the B.S./M.S. program, will I receive my bachelor's degree before beginning the program?  

Yes, despite the name being "B.S./M.S.," you're still fully participating in the separate portions of the B.S. program and then the M.S. program to follow.  You will complete your undergraduate degree requirements and receive a B.S. degree prior to entering the M.S. program.  Once you start your M.S. program, you will complete the ECE M.S. program requirements outlined on our M.S. Program page.