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Accelerated Masters: UG/G and Dual Programs

Accelerated and dual degree options

Interested in a jump start on graduate school?

Apply to a ME or NE accelerated master’s program to get ahead on earning your graduate credits. The Mechanical Engineering department offers this program to qualified VT undergraduates.  Take advantage of the GRE waiver for students with a 3.5 GPA or above, graduate coursework in your senior year that’s transferred to your MS, and undergraduate tuition costs for graduate level courses. There are two program offerings to choose from based on your eligibility. Another advantage is that these courses may subsequently be used towards a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. This is an exciting opportunity to get ahead on your future path!

UG/G Program

Juniors and Seniors in any engineering or basic science discipline with an overall VT GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible to apply. This program offers students the option to take graduate level courses in the last 2 semesters of their B.S. degree.  They can double count up to 12 credits toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees. When in the program, students must earn a “B” or better for the classes to be double counted. They may take up to 6 credits of 4000 level tech elective courses to be counted towards both degrees. Courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

To apply:

  • Juniors are encouraged to apply in their second semester (spring semester). Seniors must apply in the fall semester.
  • The application window for the UG/G program is from April 1 – May 1 for Fall admission or from Sept. 1 – Oct. 1 for Spring admission.
  • GRE scores are not required with application. 
  • Apply here, use your unofficial VT transcripts for the online application.
  • Provide 2 recommendation letters (from professionals, at least 1 from an academic professor).
    Note: there is no “Accelerated UG/G and Dual Program” choice listed on the application, therefore students will need to select a master’s degree option and the effective term will be the semester in which the student starts their full-time graduate studies.
  • Students will also need to complete the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree and Course Designation form. This form requires the signature of a temporary faculty advisor.  You may contact one of the professors whose research interests you most and receive their input on which tech electives to select that would best support your intended research focus area. 

Dual Program

ME seniors with an overall VT GPA of at least 3.2 or above and completing their B.S. degree with 1 semester left are eligible to apply. Students can take up to 12 credits of graduate level courses in their last undergraduate semester and they will only be single counted towards their graduate degree.  When in the program, students must earn a “B” or better for the classes to be awarded graduate credit. They may take up to 6 credits of 4000 level tech elective courses to be counted towards their graduate degree.  Courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

To apply:

  • Seniors are encouraged to apply in their first semester.
  • The application window for the Dual program is  from Sept. 1 – Oct. 1 for Spring admission.
  • GRE scores are required with application.
  • Apply here. Use your unofficial VT transcripts for the online application.
  • Provide 2 recommendation letters (from professionals, at least 1 from an academic professor)
    Note: there is no “Accelerated UG/G and Dual Program” choice listed on the application, therefore students will need to select a master’s degree option and the effective term will be the semester in which the student starts their full-time graduate studies.
  • Students will also need to complete the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree and Course Designation form. This form requires the signature of a temporary faculty advisor.  You may contact one of the professors whose research interests you most and receive their input on which tech electives to select that would best support your intended research focus area.