The combined bachelor’s and master’s degree (4+1) program is an accelerated program designed for outstanding undergraduate students currently enrolled in the College of Engineering & Computing. Students are able to complete both degrees in less time by taking advantage of the overlapping courses which would be used to satisfy both the bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements.

Benefits of the 4+1 program include:

  • Complete nine to twelve credits of graduate study while completing your
    undergraduate degree.*
  • Save on tuition with a reduced credit load.
  • Benefit from graduate funding opportunities.**
  • Have a competitive edge over bachelor’s graduates while competing for job openings.
  • Obtain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years.
     

    *Number of credits vary by program.
    ** Dependent on availability.

“…Only about 25 percent of engineers have master’s degrees and those who do earn around 10 percent more than those with only bachelor’s degrees.”

– Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

General Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the 4+1 program, students must have completed at least 75 credit hours including all lower division requirements, have at least 30 credit hours remaining in the program, and meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program to which they are applying. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program.

Combined Degree Programs Available

Please view the available combined degree program options below:

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering

  • M.S. in Engineering Management or
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering

B.S. in Civil Engineering

  • M.S. in Civil Engineering or
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering

B.S. in Computer Engineering

  • M.S. in Computer Engineering or
  • M.S. in Engineering Management

B.S. in Computer Science

  • M.S. in Computer Science or
  • M.S. in Engineering Management

B.S. in Data Science

  • M.S. in Data Science

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering or
  • M.S. in Engineering Management or
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering or
  • M.S. in Telecommunications and Networking

B.S. in Environmental Engineering

  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering

B.S. in Information Technology

  • M.S. in Engineering Management

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or
  • M.S. in Engineering Management or
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Application Process

1. Review the number of credits that you have, if between 75 and 90, you may proceed to apply.

2. Meet with your undergraduate advisor to confirm that you qualify for the program and meet the minimum GPA requirements.

3. Initiate the paper Application for Admission to the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

4. Meet with the graduate program director (GPD) for the master’s degree program of interest to discuss a plan of study and to acquire the GPD’s signature on the paper application. Please refer to the list of GPDs at https://cec.fiu.edu/academics/graduate-advisors.

5. Submit your application to the OneStop office with the $30 application fee.

6. Meet with your undergraduate advisor to discuss your new plan of study.

7. Complete any other graduate admission requirements for the master’s degree program.

8. Applicants will be notified by University Graduate School of the final admission decision.

 

FAQs

What are the benefits of a 4+1 program versus a traditional bachelor’s and master’s degree program path?

The Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program (4+1) allows undergraduate students to pursue a bachelor’s degree (BS) and master’s degree (MS) simultaneously and thus shortening the time required to earn a master’s degree. In addition, students can pursue a master’s degree in the same department as their bachelor’s or in a different department. This provides students with an opportunity to broaden their studies more quickly and efficiently and gives them a competitive edge when applying for the workforce.

What degrees are available within the 4+1 program?

Enterprise and Logistics Engineering:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

School of Computing and Information Sciences:

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:

Department of Biomedical Engineering:

Department of Mechanical Engineering:

Refer to the catalog for further information.

Is there a separate application for the 4+1 program?

Yes, students interested should print out and complete the Application for Admission to the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program application available online on the University Graduate School’s website. To download the application form, click here.

Are there additional costs associated with applying to the 4+1 program?

Aside from the required application fee, there are no additional costs.

When should/can I apply to the 4+1 program?

An application can be submitted, once the student completes their sophomore year and reached a credit count between 75-90. The start date for the 4+1 program must be prior to the expected bachelor’s graduation term. Example: If expected bachelor’s degree graduation is Fall 2020, the application must be for Spring 2020. Please review the requirements to apply to the 4+1 program.

What are the requirements to apply to the 4+1 program?

To be considered for admission to the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program, students must have completed at least 75 credit hours including all lower division requirements, have at least 30 credit hours remaining in the program, and meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program to which they are applying. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program.

Which graduate level courses and how many credits can be applied to both the BS and MS degrees upon admission into the 4+1 program?

Only 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog, may be applied toward both degrees.

Are students in the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program (4+1) eligible for graduate assistantships?

A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status and be eligible for graduate assistantships.

When should I speak with my advisor about the 4+1 program?

The sooner the better! It is never too early to speak with your Undergraduate Advisor about the program. You can start planning for the 4+1 program as early as the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Are international students eligible for the 4+1 program?

Yes, as long as they meet the admission requirements for the program.

Do international students in the 4+1 program receive an updated I-20 once accepted?

No, but upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status hence an updated I-20 may be issued.

Are international students eligible to complete OPT under the 4+1 program at both the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels?

International students in the 4+1 program are only eligible to complete OPT at the master’s degree level as there is no break in courses between the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Please consult with a college Undergraduate Advisor on eligibility to the 4+1 program. You may also meet with the Graduate Program Director to learn about the graduate program and available courses before completing the application form.

For additional questions, contact the Graduate Education and Admissions team located in the Office of the Dean, EC 2429, via email at grad_eng@fiu.edu or by phone at 305-348-1890.

Valentina Gari

4 + 1 Alumnus

“Completing the combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in environmental engineering at FIU was the best decision I could have ever made and one that significantly impacted the success in my career. I was able to use the momentum I had from my undergrad studies and complete my master’s degree in one short year. Having my master’s degree not only allowed me to get hired, but it also represented a higher title and salary increase.”

Jorge Caripidis

4 + 1 Student

“My experience with the 4+1 program has been excellent. Not only has the 4+1 program saved me time, it has also helped me financially as certain courses count towards the fulfillment of both the bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements. Being able to take graduate courses so early in my career has allowed me to meet several professors who work in different research labs. Thanks to these new relationships, I am now working at the college’s RFCOM Lab where we research antennas, radio frequency systems and more.”

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