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Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Shared-Credit Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees Program. The School of Engineering offers Shared-Credit Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees Programs designed to allow students to complete a B.S. and M.S., or a B.S. and M.Eng. degree in five years (depending upon the student’s mathematics preparation upon entering UNM as a first-year student). To accomplish this, some courses are counted towards both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.


School of Engineering courses that can be shared between B.S. and M.S. degrees fall into two categories: 1) Courses that are designated variously as technical electives, track electives, engineering electives, management electives, or advanced science electives; in the shared-credit degrees program, these courses are be replaced by 500-level graduate courses that count towards both degrees, and 2) courses that are double-numbers at both the 400- and 500-levels; students in the shared-credit degrees program take some of these courses at the 500-level with the course counting towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees.

This program is intended to facilitate both disciplinary and interdisciplinary B.S. and M.S. degree programs. The exact curriculum for each student is determined by the director of undergraduate studies for the student’s B.S. degree and the director of graduate studies for the student’s M.S. degree, and is approved by the School of Engineering Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Students pursuing an interdisciplinary Shared-Credit Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees program may be required to take prerequisite courses for the graduate level courses in the M.S. program. Thus, an interdisciplinary Shared-Credit Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees program may require more than the nominal five years to complete. Because the mathematics requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (B.S.C.M.) do not match those for engineering or computer science degrees, no interdisciplinary shared-credit degrees programs are available to those students who are pursuing the B.S.C.M.


The B.S./M.S. Shared-Credit Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees Program is a special program for which a student applies during the junior year of the B.S. program. Students may apply after completing 75 credit hours applicable to the B.S. degree. In order to be eligible for the Shared-Credit Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees Program, students must have already been admitted to a B.S. degree program in the School. Admission to the graduate portion of this program is provisional, and is not finalized until the student satisfactorily completes the requirements for the B.S. degree.

Further rules regarding shared-credit degrees programs can be found on the School of Engineering Web site and in the advising manuals for each department.

UNM Global and National Engineering Scholars Programs. The School of Engineering offers two shared-credit programs for students earning their B.S. degree from other universities. The Global Engineering Scholars Program and the National Engineering Scholars Program offer selected students the ability to count up to 9 credit hours from their B.S. degrees in engineering or computer science towards a UNM Master’s degree in engineering or computer science. The Global Engineering Scholars Program seeks to educate students with rich and meaningful experiences across nations to become competitive in a globalized market. The National Engineering Scholars Program seeks to provide students from accredited institutions in the United States with a streamlined pathway to a Master’s degree in engineering or computer science.

In order to participate in these programs, students must have completed at least 120 credit hours of the requirements for a B.S. degree. For many students, admission to these programs takes place upon completion of the B.S. degree from their home institution. For students from institutions outside the United States that offer engineering or computer science programs leading to the B.S. degree that require five years to complete, students finish at least 120 credit hours of course work at their home institution, and complete a fifth year at UNM; upon completion of the course work at UNM the student is awarded an M.S. from UNM and a B.S. from their home institution.

Since these programs are intended to provide an expedited pathway from the B.S. to an M.S. degree, only students who have completed the requirements for a B.S. degree within one year of application to the program are considered.

UNM School of Engineering has identified a list of domestic and international partner universities for these programs. Each School of Engineering department admits students to the National or Global Scholars program according to their normal admission rules and procedures. There is no GRE requirement for students applying to this program. Each School of Engineering department evaluates and approves up to 9 credit hours of appropriate undergraduate technical electives to be double-counted towards the M.S. requirements. The regular M.S. program requirements defined in the UNM Catalog apply.

Students from institutions that have not been identified as partners for this program may also apply, and are individually evaluated and considered.

3 + 2 B.S./M.B.A. Program. The School of Engineering recognizes that many engineers become managers of engineering programs and projects and thus require training in business methods beyond their engineering training. In cooperation with the Anderson School of Management (ASM) at the University of New Mexico, the School of Engineering offers a “3 + 2” program of studies leading to the B.S. and M.B.A. degrees in five years. This program involves selecting core and technical electives that are compatible with both degree programs and applying to the M.B.A. program at the end of the junior year of engineering studies. Consult your departmental advisor in engineering and the advisors for the M.B.A. program in ASM for details of this program.

Degree in Combination with Other Colleges. If a student wishes to secure a degree in another college together with a School of Engineering degree, he or she is urged to seek advice early in the college program from the academic advisors of the colleges concerned. With care in selection of the program of studies, it is possible for students to secure a second degree in one additional year.

Military Studies. Students enrolled in Air Force, Naval or Army ROTC may need an extra semester to complete the requirements for both a degree and a commission. Students should consult an advisor or the department chair in planning their programs.

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded