The civil engineering department offers a concurrent B.S./M.S. degree program in which high-performing students can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees with limited overlap of coursework. Students can choose between completing research with thesis or coursework only option.
To qualify for the program, undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 after completing 80 hours towards the B.S.C.E. degree. Typically, it takes students an additional year to complete the concurrent B.S./M.S. degree. Students must have a CE faculty member, who is also appointed to the KSU Graduate Faculty, agree to serve as their major professor. In accordance with Graduate School policies, students can request a change in major advisor after acceptance into the concurrent B.S./M.S. degree program.
Students pursuing a research with thesis option MS degree can use 6 credit hours of approved 600 or above level courses and 3 credit hours of independent study (literature review and proposal of their research topic) to count towards both degrees. Students pursuing a coursework only option MS degree can use 6 credit hours of approved 600 or above level courses to count towards both degrees. Students must satisfy all other requirements established for non-concurrent CE MS students. Students can receive their BS degree upon completion of all requirements established for non-concurrent BS students.
The Graduate School requires that all graduate courses be taken for graduate credit during the semester of enrollment. The Graduate School will not change an undergraduate course to a graduate course after grades are assigned. If the student has deferred admission, then the student must submit special enrollment request to enroll or change current course(s) to the graduate level credit.
- Students must complete 30 graduate credit hours with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0.
- Students must complete all B.S.C.E. degree requirements with the exception that up to 6 credit hours of approved 600 or above level classes taken for graduate credit can also count toward their B.S. degree requirements and, for those students in the research with thesis option an additional 3 credit hours of independent study can also count toward their B.S. degree requirements.