Civil and Environmental Engineering

Accelerated MS Program

The Accelerated MS Program (former 4+1 Program) enables students to a earn a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree as well as a Master of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering in 5 years. The program is designed to attract the best-of-the-best current undergraduate students and is especially intended for students who demonstrate an interest in, and ability for, additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in graduate courses during their third (Junior) and fourth (Senior) year of study.

Application to the program: Only enrolled CSU undergraduate Civil Engineering students are eligible to apply for the Accelerated MS Program in Civil or Environmental Engineering. Students are eligible to apply after they have completed 60 credit hours, with at least 30 credit hours earned at CSU. Students should apply to the program before the completion of 95 credit hours (including transfer credits). Consult with your CVE major advisor and/or CVE secretary for more accurate and recent eligibility. To be eligible for admission to the program, the student must:

  • Have shown appropriate progress in their degree program.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
  • Have completed 60 credit hours, with at least 30 credit hours earned at CSU but have completed LESS than 95 credit hours (including transfer credits).

Application Process: Students who wish to be considered for admission must complete and submit an application package to the Graduate Program Director of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Master’s Programs. A complete application must include:

Program Details

Students admitted to the Accelerated MS program remain undergraduates until they meet the requirements for the bachelor’s degree, at which point they will receive the BCE degree. Once admitted, the student may complete up to nine (9) credit hours of graduate courses while enrolled in the undergraduate program. These nine (9) credit hours will count towards BOTH the undergraduate degree and the graduate degree, either as electives or requirements, depending on the courses. In addition, up to nine (9) credit hours of 500 or higher level courses taken during the Bachelor's degree that were not used in BS graduation requirements can be transferred to a Graduate Program.

Upon receipt of their Bachelor’s degree, students who have a 3.0 or better average in their graduate courses will AUTOMATICALLY be admitted to the Graduate Program, and have up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework (and grades) added to their graduate transcripts. STUDENTS MUST ATTEND THE NEXT REGULAR SEMESTER AS A GRADUATE STUDENT TO BE CONTINUED IN THE PROGRAM. As a Graduate student, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to remain in the program.

Honors students

  • 500-level courses are already counted as Honors Credit (16 minimum)
  • Honors Project/Thesis credits can be substituted with Master’s Project Credits