WashU undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with as little as one additional year of study. Application is open to current WashU undergraduate students holding a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all course work taken at WashU.
Students should discuss the program with their advisor by the end of their junior year in order to best develop a plan for their senior year leading into their master’s year. With advisor and departmental approval, up to 6 units can be used to satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS degrees; the combined program still requires students to complete a minimum of 150 units in total.
Dual-degree students adding a master’s degree must also have a minimum of 84 total WashU residency units upon completion of the master’s.
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Awarding of Bachelor's/Master's Degrees
Students can choose to earn their BS degrees at the end of their senior year or they may choose to defer earning the BS until they complete the master's degree. When students are ready to earn either or both the BS/MS degree(s), they should follow the standard procedures to file their intent to graduate form online using WebSTAC. Earning both degrees at the same time is the most common practice, but the decision is up to the student.
NOTE: If a student does opt to earn the BS degree prior to completing the master's degree, it will not restrict the student from receiving any standard BS/MS merit-based scholarship support.
Graduate Status & Tuition
Bachelor's/Master's students remain classified as undergraduate students until they begin their final year master's year of study. During the master's year, tuition is charged at the graduate student rate and no further undergraduate financial support or aide can be received. However, full-time BS/MS students are eligible to receive tuition remission scholarship during their final master's year of study. BS/MS scholarship awards are based on the undergraduate major GPA as shown in the scholarship award chart located below.
NOTE: Full-time for graduate students is 9 or more units. Part-time students, those taking less than 9 units, are ineligible for scholarship.
Scholarship & Financial Aid
Scholarship support for the final year of full-time Bachelor's/Master's study is automatically awarded to those admitted into the program. The amount is based upon a student's cumulative GPA, computed at the end of the student's junior year. The scholarship award is available to both international and domestic students and is valid for two full-time master's semesters only. Domestic students are also eligible for loans and can email the School of Engineering's graduate student loan coordinator, Johanna Sengheiser, to inquire about loan options.
Overall GPA Range
(at end junior year)
(if student applied by September 1 of senior year)
|Scholarship Amount (if application is received after September 1)|
|3.75-4.00||50% of tuition||35%|
|3.65-3.74||45% of tuition||30%|
|3.55-3.64||40% of tuition||25%|
|3.45-3.54||35% of tuition||20%|
|3.35-3.44||30% of tuition||15%|
|3.25-3.34||25% of tuition||10%|
|3.15-3.24||20% of tuition||0|
|3.05-3.14||15% of tuition||0|
|3.00-3.04||10% of tuition||0|
International students on an F-1 visa should check with the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) when adding the master's program in order to discuss how this could affect status and eligibility for work authorization programs such as OPT and CPT.
Boeing Graduate Residency Program Partnership
Students can apply to the Boeing Graduate Residency Program directly through Boeing during the latter part of the Spring semester of their senior year. The program begins the summer after a student has earned their undergraduate degree. Application to the program is available to US citizens only. >> Engineering Intern Programs at Boeing
Bachelor's/Master's students who have been accepted to the Boeing Graduate Residency Program may be granted time off work in order to attend master's courses. Boeing Residency participants, though considered part-time students, will still be eligible for the scholarship award percentages; rates will be adjusted for part-time tuition rates.
Final Latin Honors
Undergraduate final Latin honors are determined at the end of the academic year in which a student is officially awarded the undergraduate degree. The cumulative GPA used to determine Latin honors includes all course work taken up until the time the undergraduate degree is officially awarded. This means that master's courses will also be included in the calculations if a student defers earning the BS degree until the master's degree is also earned. Earning both degrees at the same time is the most common option pursued, because most students do better in their graduate studies overall. For further details about final Latin honors calculations, contact the Engineering Registrar.
Employment or Residency Program Implications
Residency or job programs may want to see that you've earned your BS degree. If you anticipate that being a possibility, you may opt to earn your degree upon completion of the BS requirements.