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Five-Year BS/MS Program in Materials Science and Engineering


The five-year BS/MS program is designed to allow qualifying students to take up to nine hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee, thus reducing the amount of time it takes for a student to earn a master’s degree.

  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 to be admitted to the program.
  • Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 hours of required course work while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work.
  • Students must at least have conditional admission before taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the departmental chair of the program.  Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit. Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to Graduate School.

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MSE Five-Year BS/MS Program Admission Form (PDF)

Detailed procedures are listed below.

  1. You must meet with the director of the MSE 5-year BS/MS program, Dr. Kevin Kit, to insure you meet the departmental requirements for admission to the 5-year program.  The upper portion of the Admission Form (PDF) is filled out by the student and signed by the director.
  2. Each semester you intend to take a course for graduate credit and have it count toward your BS degree, you must meet with the director for approval of the graduate course to count toward your MS degree. This must be done at the beginning of the semester you are taking the course.
  3. The signed form is then submitted by the department to the Graduate School (Dr. Kay Reed) for approval. After approval, Dr. Reed will insure you are receiving graduate credit for the course; however, this can occur only after you have registered for the course. Dr. Reed will send copies of the signed form to the department and college.  The college will then enter the course into DARS. This process must be followed each semester a graduate course is taken in the 5-year program to allow the course to count for both undergraduate and graduate credit.

Additional Information

  • This program is designed for students pursuing their MS degree at UT. Other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the BS degree.
  • Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to Graduate School. Admission to the Five-Year BS/MS Program does not automatically admit them to Graduate School.

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