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Dual Degrees offered by the Mechanical Engineering Department

Alan Nye
Assoc. Dept. Head, Automotive Option Lead, Professor

Three accelerated dual degree options are available for outstanding mechanical engineering students who wish to earn a both a bachelor's and a master's degree within approximately five years.

  • A BS/MS in mechanical engineering has a strong research focus and is primarily directed toward students who plan to continue their education in the pursuit of a doctoral degree.
  • A BS/ME in mechanical engineering has a strong career focus for students who plan to seek employment immediately after graduation.
  • A BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in science, technology, and public policy has a public policy research focus and is designed for students interested in using their technical preparation as an engineer to help shape future policy decisions.

All students enrolled in the dual degree options are required to complete a graduate thesis and conduct scholarly research.

The BS and MS or ME degrees are awarded simultaneously. A student may apply for admission to this options during their second year of study. A transfer student may apply after completing one semester of study at RIT. Admission is based on a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4, letters of recommendation from faculty, and a letter of application from the student. Students are admitted first to the BS/ME option but may change to the BS/MS option upon approval of a thesis proposal. While pursuing a dual degree option, students are required to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2.

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