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BS/MS Accelerated Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an “Accelerated (Five-year) Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Science Program” to qualified Stony Brook undergraduate ME students. If admitted, students are able to take a specified number of graduate courses that will be counted towards both their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements; subsequently reducing the total time needed to obtain the M.S. degree.

The benefits of the program are:

  • It allows students to apply graduate courses taken during their undergraduate years toward both undergraduate and the graduate degrees. As a result, students can complete the both degrees in five years (i.e., just one extra year/two semesters). Generally, three or four semesters are needed to obtain a M.S. degree in the graduate program.
  • The application process is simple as it does not involve submission of a formal application form or letters of recommendation as required for regular graduate program admissions.

About the Program

The Accelerated BE/MS program is designed to allow mechanical engineering students with good academic standing to graduate with both a Bachelor's and  Master's degree in five years. This is enabled by allowing undergraduate students in the program to take multiple graduate courses as their undergraduate technical electives. These graduate courses will also be counted towards their Master's degree. Due to the Graduate School policy, up to two courses taken during an undergraduate student may be counted for the both degree.  Note that if the third elective is taken during a graduate student, up to three courses may be double counted. However it is not generally recommended as it would delay a student to satisfy the B.E. requirement as well as require to take nine courses during the fifth year as a graduate student.

*Please see our list of "Frequently Asked Questions" below for more information about the application process, registering for graduate courses, and more. 

The table below shows a typical course sequence for the last two years of study.  Note that the M.S. degree requirements as described in the MS Degree Requirements Page must be satisfied.

Fall, Senior (undergrad)

16 Credits

Spring, Senior (undergrad)

15 Credits

Fall, 5th year (grad)

12 credits

Spring, 5th year (grad)

12 credits

MEC411

MEC441

MEC5XX

MEC5XX

MEC422

Tech Elect - MEC5XX

MEC5XX

MEC5XX

MEC440

Tech Elect - MEC5XX

MEC5XX

MEC5XX

Tech Elect - MEC4XX or MEC5XX

DEC(I)

MEC5XX

MEC5XX

DEC(H) or other

DEC(J)

MEC 691*

MEC 691*

*Mechanical Engineering Seminar (0 credit) course required for full-time ME graduate students.

Frequently Asked Questions for Accelerated BE/MS Students 

 

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