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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Integrated Five-Year BEE/MSEE and BCompE/MSEE Degree Program

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the 5-year integrated
BEE/MSEE and BCompE/MSEE degree programs, also referred to as the combined
degree program. The programs were established to allow high-achieving undergraduates
the opportunity to work toward a Master’s degree while simultaneously working toward their
undergraduate degree.

     • May 15 for admission the following Fall semester
     • Dec.15 for admission the following Spring semester

Reasons to Complete a Masters Degree
     • A Master’s degree is necessary for those interested in design and development
       or research and development. The program provides additional coursework
       and/or project experience for advanced design and development jobs.
     • The competencies learned in a Master’s program are difficult to obtain by
       other means.
     • A Master’s degree makes you more competitive in the job market.
     • More employers are requiring a Master’s degree.
     • Increased salary.
     • Technology changes 10% per year and almost completely in 10 years.

The combined degree offers several advantages.
     • Students are able to work on the undergraduate and graduate degrees
     • The amount of time to complete a Masters degree can be shortened by as much
       as one year.
     • Students in the combined degree program qualify for graduate research/teaching
       assistantships and fellowships once they activate their graduate status. These
       positions provide a stipend, tuition, and health insurance benefits.
     • There is an increased chance of winning external fellowships. Students in the 
        combined degree program will be eligible to apply for NSF and other external
     • Students save money because they are able to complete 16 graduate credits at
        the undergraduate tuition rate. Since the Masters degree is 30 semester credits,
        this leaves only 14 credits to be taken at the higher graduate tuition rate.

How to Apply
     • Carefully submit the following application: Five Year Masters Application Form.pdf
               • Current APAS Report
               • Statement of Purpose
     • Submit by May 15 for admission to the Fall semester or by Dec. 15 for admission
        to the Spring semester

Applications are evaluated after semester grades are received. Applicants will be
notified in early June or early January.   

If you are accepted to the program, you must submit a graduate school application within
a week of notification to indicate your acceptance of our offer of admission.

     • Go to: instructions/index.html
     • You will need to submit an unofficial University of Minnesota transcript.
     • You will need to provide the name of  Linda Jagerson (
        as a recommender.  This will fulfill the form requirement for a
     • You will need to fill out the application as completely as possible.
     • You will need to submit the application fee.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What should I write in my Statement of Purpose?
     • Your statement of purpose should speak primarily to your education, background,
        and "fit" for our program. Describe your undergraduate education. Describe your
        specific areas of interest in Electrical Engineering and your goals after the award
        of your degree. If your interests are broad, state stat. Specifically the statement
        should address the area or areas of research you are interested in according to
        the research groups available at:

What GPA does a student need to apply?
     • Students with a GPA of 3.4 or better are eligible to apply. Students with a GPA
        between 3.2 and 3.4 may apply but also must submit a GRE score.

When should students apply?
     • Students should apply for a semester in which they will have completed a
       majority of their upper division required (non elective) courses in their Bachelor's

     • Students may apply up to their final semester of their undergraduate work
        but are encouraged to apply earlier for planning purposes.

If accepted into the program, students need to complete the Graduate School
application within one week of notification of acceptance.

Can the two degrees be granted at same time?
     • The two degrees cannot be granted at same time.
        The BEE or BCompE degree must always precede the MSEE degree.

Can I double count course credits?
     • Students may not double count credits toward both degrees.

Can I enter the Ph.D. program through the Combined Degree Program?
     • Yes, but you must complete the M.S. degree before entering the Ph.D.
        program. Credits from the M.S. program count toward the Ph.D., not
        making the time to degree any longer.

How is GPA calculated?
     • Courses taken as an undergraduate count toward your undergraduate
       GPA even if the course is eventually transferred to the graduate program.
       Courses transferred to the graduate program do not affect your graduate
       school GPA.

How do I apply for a teaching or research assistantship?
     • To apply for a teaching assistantship,
        visit :
     • To apply for a research assistantship, speak with a faculty member in
        your research interest area as faculty make their own hiring decision
        for research positions.
A 50 percent graduate assistantship pays for a student's full tuition, 95 percent
of health benefits, and has a salary of about $17,000 for the 9-month academic
year. You must have completed your undergraduate degree and activated your
graduate status to be eligible.

Undergraduate assistantships also are available, but they are paid by the hour
and don't have tuition benefits.

For additional information please contact:

Kyle Dukart                                             
Associate Academic Advisor
Department of Electrical
     and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota
3-166 Keller Hall
200 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Linda Jagerson
Academic Advisor
Department of Electrical
     and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota
3-166 Keller Hall
200 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455