Five-Year BS/MS Program in Mechanical Engineering

Full-time undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.25 have the option of applying for admission into the five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering/Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program.

Typical Five-Year Plan (Program Curriculum)

  • Earn a BS degree after four years of study and complete the 30-credit requirement for the MS degree with one additional year of work.
  • Complete three graduate courses (9 credits) during the senior year, which will satisfy simultaneously their ME senior elective courses.
  • It is required that students take a summer course (3 credits) immediately following their senior year.
  • Students must take six courses during the fifth year, three courses per semester in each of the fall and spring semesters. A total of ten graduate courses should be completed by the end of the spring semester.
  • A student accepted into the Five-Year BS/MS program is expected to finish the program without interruption.
  • All graduate courses in this program must be taken at Villanova University.

Application Timeline

Students interested in participating in the BS/MS program should contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Advisor, Dr. Aaron Wemhoff (aaron.wemhoff@villanova.edu) as early as possible during their undergraduate studies. 

Students formally apply to the BS/MS program in the spring semester of their junior year, no later than the end of March.  Application decisions are made on a rolling basis and will be announced no later than the end of May of a student’s junior year assuming timely submission of the application.

 

View requirements for admission.

 

Tuition Scholarship

All five-year BS/MS program students will automatically be considered for a limited number of tuition fellowships for the fifth year. All students who receive a tuition fellowship are expected to work for the department for 10 hours/week during the fifth year. Usually, students will teach in the department's laboratory courses or work as a grader for an assigned professor. Fellowship decisions will be made during the spring semester of the senior year.

  • Students who are granted a tuition fellowship are required to take a summer course (3 credits) immediately following their senior year.
  • Students who are granted a tuition fellowship are expected to take six courses during the fifth year, three courses per semester in each of the fall and spring semesters. A total of ten graduate courses should be completed by the end of the spring semester.

Five-Year program leading to a Master of Sustainable Engineering

A Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering (MSSE) is a five-year option with a bachelor’s degree in any of the College’s major disciplines. Students interested in the BS/MSSE combined degree program should contact Director of Sustainable Engineering, William Lorenz.