Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated B.S./M.S. in ECE

The Integrated Master's/Bachelor's program (otherwise known as the IMB program) allows students who excel academically to achieve both a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in ECE through our Professional MS degree program without needing to apply separately. This means no application fee, no recommendation letters, and no need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).

Eligible students begin by completing their BS degree in ECE, and can either complete the MS degree at the same time or over the next few semesters. If a course is eligible for the MS degree but must be used to complete the BS degree, then the BS degree takes priority over the MS degree. If suitable progress towards completing the B.S. is not made, the M.S. cannot be granted regardless of whether or not a student fulfills all M.S. graduation requirements. IMB students may not take more than one semester to complete their remaining undergraduate requirements once they have been coded as a Master’s student.

Students with a 3.00 QPA or above automatically become eligible for the IMB program in the second semester of their junior year once they have completed at least 270 units. To be officially admitted, students must attend an IMB info session. IMB info sessions are offered twice per semester and all juniors and seniors receive an email in the first few weeks of classes with that semester’s dates. Students who meet all requirements for the IMB program can sign up at the session. Students who must petition to enter the program can work with their undergraduate advisor to do so and still must attend an info session. All undergraduate students who would like to sign up for the IMB program and meet the requirements must do so by the end of November for the fall semester and the end of April for the spring semester. All undergraduate students who would like to petition to enter the IMB program must submit their petition to their undergraduate advisor by October 15th in the fall semester and March 15th in the spring semester.

Students who do not meet the overall 3.00 QPA requirement are eligible to petition for their admission into the IMB program during their senior year. To obtain the petition form, students can contact their assigned undergraduate academic advisor.

Degree requirements

Professional MS degree requirements 

Please see the M.S. in ECE section for the requirements for the Professional MS degree. For students in the ECE IMB program, all requirements for the Professional MS degree are in addition to the requirements for the BS in ECE. No requirements for the MS degree may be used in any way toward the BS degree, including minors, additional majors or dual degrees.

Residency requirements and financial impacts

Once a student in the IMB program has completed all of the requirements for the BS degree, he or she may become a graduate (Masters) student. To do this, the student's undergraduate degree is certified, and that student officially graduates with the BS degree. Once a student's undergraduate degree has been certified, no more courses may then be applied toward the BS degree. This includes courses toward minors and additional majors, although students pursuing an undergraduate dual degree with another department may still continue to apply additional coursework toward that second degree.

If a student takes more than 8 semesters to complete both the BS and MS degrees, then he or she must be a graduate student for at least one semester before graduating.

To determine the most appropriate time for an undergraduate student to become a graduate student, he or she should consult with Enrollment Services to understand how becoming a graduate student will affect financial aid, and with his or her academic advisor to determine a course schedule. When a student is a graduate student through the IMB program, the department is able to provide some financial assistance through Teaching Assistantships.