About the Program
The CECS Accelerated Bachelor’s-to-Master’s (BS-to-MS) Programs allows high-achieving UCF current undergraduate students to simultaneously earn both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Qualified students can begin their Master’s degree course work while they are undergraduate juniors/seniors and double-count up to 12 credit hours of specific graduate courses for both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree requirements. The intention of the program is to provide a framework for students to complete requirements for the Master’s degree in significantly less time than would normally be required if both BS and MS degrees were pursued separately.
General BS – to – MS Information Session: Monday, February 12th@ 4:30-5:30PM (VIA ZOOM)
BS – to – MS Group Advising Session: Monday, April 8th@ 5:00-7:00PM in Engineering 1-281
Please see the list of suggested graduate courses for Spring 2024.
- Students must have a 3.0 UCF and Major GPA. Some programs require students to have higher GPAs.
- Students must have completed at least 60 Credit Hours.
- Students must have earned minimum grades in selected courses for each by program.
- Students must have more than two semesters remaining in their undergraduate careers (not including the current term) to participate in this program.
Current UCF undergraduate students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the Accelerated BS-to-MS program may still pursue graduate courses as a Senior Scholar. For more information, please contact Anna Canlon.
Benefits of the BS-MS Program:
- Access to advanced course material
- Cost of the MS degree is reduced by up to 40%
- Program participants receive additional consideration for research opportunities
- $31 graduate application processing fee is waived
- Smaller classes sizes
- Reduced time to complete graduate degree
Applying to the BS-to-MS Program:
- Once you have completed these courses with a B or better and met the GPA/Credit hour requirements, the BS to MS Application will appear in your MyUCF Portal.
- After signing into your myUCF account, please navigate to Student Self Service => Scholarship Application => Add a New Application => BS to MS Application (Please see the step-by-step guide found here.
- No supplemental information is required to apply (undergraduate level)
- Admission decisions are sent to student’s UCF email
- Acceptance into the BS to MS Program is NOT admission into the grad program. Students will need to apply, submit supporting materials, and be admitted to their graduate program.
BS to MS Application Deadlines:
- Fall 2023 – October 15
- Spring 2024 – March 15
- Summer 2023 – July 15
- Applications will be reviewed within a week of the application deadline listed above.
- Students will be notified via their UCF email with an admission decision once the review is complete.
BS to MS Withdrawal Deadlines:
- Fall 2023 – October 27, 2023
- Summer 2023 – July 7, 2023
- Spring 2024 – March 29, 2024
|Accelerated BS-to-MS Programs*,**||Program Catalog||Program Website||Program Coordinator|
|Aerospace Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS AE||MAE||Dr. Jihua “Jan” Gou|
|Biomedical Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS BME||MAE||Dr. Jihua “Jan” Gou|
|Civil Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS CE||CECE||Dr. Andrew Randall|
|Computer Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS CpE||ECE||Dr. Mingjie Lin|
|Computer Science||Acc BS-to-MS CS||CS||Dr. Wei Zhang|
|Electrical Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS EE||ECE||Dr. Mingjie Lin|
|Construction Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS CnE||CECE||Dr. Andrew Randall|
|Environmental Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS VE||CECE||Dr. Andrew Randall|
|Industrial Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS IE||IEMS||Dr. Mansooreh Mollaghasemi|
|Materials Science and Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS MSE||MSE||Dr. Jiyu Fang|
|Mechanical Engineering||Acc BS-to-MS ME||MAE||Dr. Jihua “Jan” Gou|
* All of CECS’s Accelerated BS-to-MS programs are available in the face-to-face modality; however, many of its graduate courses are available as either face-to-face (P), online (W), mixed (M), and/or reduced seat time (RA or RS).
** While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact us at 407-823-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.
Expectations for BS-to-MS Students:
- Students admitted to the program are required to have the BS-to-MS Course Approval Form by the second semester following acceptance into the program.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the program.
- Student must complete at least 9 credit hours to apply to the accelerated track for their graduate admissions application. Only those that complete 9 credit hours can apply for a graduate application processing fee waiver.
Timeline for BS-to-MS Students:
After completing at least 60 credit hours, achieving a 3.0 UCF GPA or better, and completing the listed pre-requisite course work with a B or better, students can apply to the BS-to-MS Program online via the MyUCF Portal (https://my.ucf.edu). Navigating to the application starts with the Student Self Service Panel followed by the Scholarship Application Area. The application will appear there only for students who are eligible for the Accelerated BS-to-MS Program.
Current UCF undergraduate students can begin taking graduate courses by completing an Override Form. It must be approved by your department’s undergraduate program director. Afterwards, it can be submitted digitally to Anna Canlon at email@example.com. This must be completed prior to the first week of classes for any given semester.
- Students must complete a course approval form before submitting overrides for the graduate courses. The course approval form must have all appropriate signatures from the department. This form can be revised as you progress in the program.
- Complete your online application to the graduate program. If you have completed or will complete 9 graduate credit hours, please contact Anna Canlon at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a waiver code. You must request this code BEFORE submitting your application.
- Begin your graduate program and during your first semester you must complete a Graduate Program of Study to formally transfer your graduate courses you successfully completed during your undergraduate career toward your graduate degree.
The Senior Scholars Program is an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students to complete graduate level coursework prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree. This is ideal for eligible BS to MS students that do not have at least two semesters left in their undergraduate career.
Senior Scholar students must meet the following conditions:
- Students must have a 3.0 UCF and Major GPA. Computer, Electrical, Civil and Environmental students must have a 3.2 Major GPA.
- Earn a B or better in the graduate course’s prerequisite course work.
- Submit an approved override form to Anna Canlon.
There is NOT a formal application for this program. Qualified students can complete up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work, but no more than 2 graduate classes per term.