San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
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Five-Year BS/MS in Engineering – The Time Has ComeThe time has come to implement five-year BS/MS programs as the norm for the first professionaldegrees of entry-level engineers. The impetus for this change stem from the following: i) callsfrom such professional organizations as NCEES to change licensure requirements to include both amandatory baccalaureate degree and up to thirty semester units of post- baccalaureate education andii) pressure to reduce minimum semester unit requirements for baccalaureate degrees to 120. Five-year BS/MS degrees in engineering disciplines provide the opportunities to satisfy the demands for120-semester unit BS degrees while meeting the needs of the profession (and licensure) with 30semester-unit MS degrees. While 120-unit BS degree programs provide engineeringfundamentals, the 30-unit MS degree programs provide discipline-specific focus. So called“accelerated” (a.k.a., 5-year masters, 4+1, etc.) masters programs allow seniors to take graduate-level courses that apply toward their Master’s degree while still classified as undergraduates.Economies of scale provide opportunities for concurrent offerings of upper division technicalelective and graduate courses to fulfill the needs of both groups for students. The needs of theprofession demand graduate degrees of engineering practitioners at some point in their careers andfive-year BS/MS programs address this need at the entry level.
Jenkins, M. G., & Loscutoff, W. V., & Nguyen, T. (2012, June), Five-year B.S./M.S. in Engineering: The Time has Come Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21396
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