The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) program gives you the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Four graduate courses (12 credit hours) can be taken while you are an undergraduate student and can be double-counted towards both your bachelor’s and master’s degree. This allows you to get a non-thesis MMSE degree or a thesis-based MS degree within a year of completing your B.S. degree.
- You must have completed a minimum of 75 credits hours in your undergraduate program. This includes credits earned from advanced placement. Students typically apply fall of their junior year.
- Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two semesters (24 hours) as full-time students at NC State
- You must have a minimum overall and major GPA of 3.500.
|MS Degree Requirements||MMSE Degree Requirements|
|MSE Coursework||15 hrs of MSE graduate-level courses||18 hrs of MSE graduate-level courses|
|Additional Coursework||9 hrs of graduate-level courses from technical disciplines||12 hrs of graduate-level courses from any combination of MSE, chemistry, physics, math, or other engineering courses**|
|Research||6 hrs of MS thesis research*||Not required. Research projects cannot be used to fulfill MMSE degree requirements.|
*ABM students choosing the MS degree must identify a faculty member willing to provide and supervise a suitable master’s research project. This faculty member will become the chair of the student’s MS thesis committee and will serve as the student’s academic advisor.
**subject to approval by the student’s academic advisor
Allowable Course Substitutions
Students admitted to the program may substitute up to four 400-level undergraduate courses (12 credits) for graduate-level courses:
B.S. Required Course
|Materials Forensics||MSE 480||MSE 580|
|Nuclear Materials (taught by NE, cross-listed with MSE)||NE/MSE 409||NE/MSE 509|
|Processing of Metallic Materials||MSE 440||MSE 540|
|Ceramic Processing||MSE 445||MSE 545|
|Polymer Technology and Engineering||MSE 455||MSE 555|
|Composite Materials||MSE 456||MSE 556|
|Microelectronic Materials Science and Technology||MSE 460||MSE 560|
|Introduction to Nanomaterials||MSE 465||MSE 565|
*Depending on the concentration chosen, MSE curricula also include three or four elective slots that can be used to complete the other two double-counted courses. These can be chosen from the list in Table 1, from MSE graduate courses not listed in Table 1, or from graduate courses in other disciplines that also satisfy the MS or MMSE degree requirements, as noted in Section 4.
Typical ABM Program Schedule
|BS Junior Year||Open||Apply to Graduate School||1 double-counted course|
|BS Senior Year||Open||1 double-counted course||MSE 580 + 1 double-counted course|
|Master's Year if MS||6 hrs of MSE 695 thesis research plus 12 hrs of graduate-level courses consistent with MS degree requirements|
|Master's Year if MMSE||18 cr hrs of graduate-level courses consistent with MMSE degree requirements|
Application Procedure, Requirements, Continuing Eligibility, and Withdrawal
- Student Eligibility Requirements
- Application to the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program