BS/MS Program – Materials Science and Engineering
Current undergraduate students may participate in the BS-MS Program offered by the School. Georgia Tech undergraduate students may be admitted into the program after completing a minimum of 30 semester credit hours (and no more than 75 hours) at Georgia Tech, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher at time of application. Both the application fee and the GRE test score are waived. Students need to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA when receiving the B.S. degree in order to be converted into graduate student status and must continue immediately into the M.S. program in order to qualify for the 6 semester-hour “Graduate Course Credit” option. The following hours are required at the MS level:
30 hours total of which:
- 18 hours of approved MSE courses (6 hours of core courses MSE 6411 and MSE 6412 + 12 hours of elective courses (see Section D.3. of major course requirements)
- 21 hours must be at 6xxx or above
The BS-MS Program allows eligible students to use up to six credit hours of graduate-level MSE courses (or MSE approved courses) for both BS and MS degrees. A maximum of 12 hours graduate level courses can be taken as a BS level student, but only 6 hours can double towards the MS. No course below 4xxx are permitted.
No core courses used for graduate credit may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. However, up to three credit hours of elective course work may be taken Pass/Fail, and applied toward the degree hour requirements.
Approved ‘core’ BS/MS courses:
Core Courses Hours Description
MSE 6411 (Fall) 3-0 -3 THERMODYNAMICS
MSE 6412 (Fall) 3-0 -3 STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS
MSE Approved Elective Courses (not limited to):
MSE 6010 Functional Materials
MSE 6105 Diffraction Studies
MSE 6110 Transmission Electron Microscopy
MSE 6120 Quantitative Characterization of Microstructures
MSE 6130 Surface Characterization
MSE 6403 Kinetics of Phase Transformations
MSE 6404 Scattering Theory
MSE 6405 Advanced Nanomaterials
MSE 6406 Corrosion of Materials
MSE 6407 Biological Properties
MSE 6510 Polymers for Electronic and Photonic Applications
MSE 6600 Advanced Polymer Processing
MSE 6602 Tensor Anal and Math Tech
MSE 6750 Preparation & Reactions of Polymers
MSE 6751 Physical Chemistry of Polymers in Solutions
MSE 6752 Polymer Characterization
MSE 6755 Theoretical Chemistry of Polymers or Statistical Mechanics
MSE 6768 Polymer Structure, Physical Properties
MSE 6774 (MSE/BMED): Biomaterials: Structure and Function
MSE 6776 Integrated Low-Cost Microelectronics System Packaging
MSE 6777 Advanced Biomaterials
MSE 6795 Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Techniques in Materials Science
MSE 6796 Structure-Property Relationships in Materials
MSE 7140 Impedance and Dielectric Spectroscopy
MSE 7420 Solidification Processing
MSE 7771 Mechanics of Polymer Solids and Fluids
MSE 7772 Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
MSE 7774 Fatigue of Materials and Structures
MSE 8803A Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
MSE 8803C Advanced X-ray Diffraction
MSE 8803E Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion
MSE 8803HG Statistical Mechanics of a Heterogeneous Media
MSE 8803I Fundamentals of Nanomaterials & Energy
MSE 8803M Biomaterials Properties
MSE 8903 Special Problems
ME 6104 Computer-aided Design
ME 6124 Finite-Element Method: Theory & Practice
ISyE 6739 Basic Statistical Methods
CHEM 6172 Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 6181 Chemical Crystallography
CHEM 6283 Electroanalytical Chemistry
CHEM 6382 Computational Methods in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHEM 6752 Polymer Characterization
CHEM 6572 Macromolecular Structure
MATH 4247 Partial Differential Equations I
MATH 4348 Partial Differential Equations II
MATH 4255 Monte Carlo Methods
BS/MS Program FAQ
Q: How do I apply?
A: All application materials for the BS/MS are online. Apply at the grad admissions website: http://www.gradadmiss.gatech.edu/apply-now; there is no application fee.
Q: How many courses are considered a fulltime load in grad school?
A: 12 hours of coursework is considered full-time for an MS non-thesis student. Graduate students working towards a thesis-based masters or PhD typically take two courses for academic credit and register for a total of 21 hours, filling up the remainder with thesis hours.
Q: How many hours can I complete before graduating with a BS in MSE?
A: 12 graduate coursework hours can be taken as an undergrad and applied toward the 30 hours required for an MS non-thesis. The 6 hours that may be double counted for BS/MS students cannot be used to satisfy the required undergrad concentration, but can satisfy 6 hours of undergraduate free electives. These double-counted hours can be MSE 4XXX or 6XXX (and above) and are not required to be cross-listed.
Q: Do people ever take 6000+ courses from other majors? If so, what majors?
A: With prior approval from the MSE Academic Offices, 4XXX or above courses may be selected from almost any major at Georgia Tech. Management courses are allowed with approval.
Q: Why does my DegreeWorks not show a BS/MS MSE Option for “What If Analysis?”
A: DegreeWorks has no display option for the BS/MS. You will fill out a proposed program of study with the MSE Academic Offices that you will keep for your records and use as your guide.
Q: How do I register for MS courses while still a BS student?
A: As an undergraduate student you need a registration permit to sign up for graduate coursework. You will talk to the undergraduate academic advisor, currently Dr. Washington, in MSE to submit an override request and then work with the Registrar to get permission to take 6000-8000 level classes before graduating with your undergrad degree. The Registrar’s permission can be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Do I need to register for MSE 8903 – Special problems?
A: No, however, MS without thesis students can take a special problems (MSE8903 – P/F) course for research experience.
Q: How many letters of recommendation are required, and how are they obtained?
A: Only one letter of recommendation is required. The online application will ask for the Referee's name & email address, and the application system will automatically contact the referee for the letter.