The Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s in Engineering (BS/MSE) program enables undergraduates to apply for and begin taking courses towards a master’s degree before completing their bachelors’ degrees. Most students apply for the program in their junior year, and finish both degrees within five years.

It is not necessary for your undergraduate major and your master’s degree to be in the exact same field. For example, many computer science undergraduates choose the concurrent program to get a Master’s in Security Informatics. Mixing degrees is also an alternative to undertaking a double major in a closely-related field, such as a combination of computer science and computer engineering or math.

As a combined degree student, you must satisfy all the requirements of your bachelor’s degree as well as all the requirements of the master’s degree. Please note that some departments may permit an overlap of two courses at most. All other courses, including undergraduate electives, must be separate and distinct for the two degrees.

BS/MSE Eligibility

Students enrolled at JHU as second-semester juniors or rising seniors as well as transfer students who may fall into any of these categories are eligible to apply to the combined program.

The Whiting School of Engineering requires that:

  1. an undergraduate student apply to a combined student status no later than by the application deadline of the first semester of their senior year (typically a student’s seventh semester), or in other words, their second-to-last semester of undergraduate study), and
  2. an undergraduate student be admitted and enrolled by their graduate program no later than the start of their eighth/final undergraduate semester.

Seniors in their final semester cannot apply to the combined program, but can apply to the MSE program as a new graduate candidate and will receive the same benefits as students who applied earlier.

Application requirements

  • Combined application (not the internal graduate option)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • JHU unofficial transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • GRE and TOEFL scores are not required


The deadlines to apply are November 15 for spring and February 15 for fall.

Additional Information

Read the FAQs about the combined BS/MS program.

Watch a previously recorded information session about the combined BS/MS program.

If you are interested in applying for the combined degree program, apply on-line through the university’s graduate admissions website.

For all other questions related to the combined program, contact our Academic Program Administrator Revelie Niles.