Accelerated Degree

Master's of Science in Civil Engineering

The accelerated degree program allows undergraduate students currently in the civil and construction engineering programs an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees at an accelerated pace.

The undergraduate students qualifying for the ADP may count up to nine (but not less than six) credit hours of 500 level courses taken during their undergraduate studies toward a master's degree in civil engineering within 30 months of completing their bachelor's degree in civil engineering or construction engineering. These students may choose to pursue a master of science in engineering (civil) degree under options one, two and three described in the graduate catalog.

The ADP will allow an undergraduate student majoring in civil or construction engineering to complete an accelerated bachelor or master of science in engineering (civil) by completing either 147 combined graduate and undergraduate credit hours (in the master’s program by selecting option one and option two, or 153 combined graduate or undergraduate credit hours by selecting option three).


A prospective student who meets the eligibility requirements (see criteria for admission) must set up a meeting with the undergraduate advisor and the graduate advisor to develop plans of work for the bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Before admission to the ADP can be finalized, students must submit the standard application for admission to the Office of Admissions including:

  1. An application.
  2. The graduate school application fee.
  3. A copy of all transcripts.
  4. A permanent plan of study, signed by the prospective student, the undergraduate advisor and the graduate advisor.

The permanent plan of study for the master's degree must clearly indicate:

  1. The 5000 level courses (a maximum of nine graduate credit hours) that will be counted for both bachelor's and master's degrees.
  2. The graduation date for the master's degree that meets the time limit for the ADP (i.e. obtaining a master's degree in civil engineering within 30 months of completing the bachelor's degree). Any changes to the ADP plan of graduate work must be submitted in writing and approved by the graduate advisor and graduate dean.

Criteria for admission

Permission to pursue an ADP does not guarantee admission to the Graduate College. Admission is contingent on meeting the following eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program:  

  1. Students must declare their interest before completing 96 credit hours in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from advanced placement.
  2. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours as a full-time student at Western Michigan University.
  3. Students must have a minimum accumulated grade point average GPA of 3.0 at WMU.

Requirements for participation and graduation

  1. Students must complete the bachelor's degree prior to entering the master's program. Students in the ADP may not elect to by-pass the bachelor's degree.
  2. Students will only be allowed to count a maximum of nine 5000 level credits taken during their undergraduate studies toward their master's degree.
  3. Students must receive a grade of B, 3.0 or better in the 5000 level courses taken during their undergraduate studies. Courses with a grade of CB or below cannot be counted toward their master's degree.
  4. No more than nine hours of 5000 level coursework may be counted towards the student’s bachelor degree.
  5. Students must complete the master's degree within 30 months from the completion of the bachelor's degree. If the master's program could not be completed within these time limits, none of the 5000 level courses specified in Section 2.3.1 can be counted toward the master's degree.  Extension of this timeline may be granted by the graduate advisor and only under special circumstances.

Continuing eligibility

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to recognize his or her eligibility status.
  2. A student completing the bachelor's degree requirements with an accumulated GPA of less than 3.0 is automatically terminated from the ADP .
  3. A student who does not follow the approved plan of graduate work may become ineligible to participate in the ADP.
  4. A student who is ineligible to participate in (or withdraws from) the ADP no longer qualifies for transfer of courses specified in Section 2.3.1 towards a master's degrees. These courses, however, may be counted toward the student's bachelor's degree upon the discretion of the undergraduate adviser.
  5. A student who becomes ineligible to participate in the ADP must be informed by the graduate advisor in writing of his or her ineligibility. A copy of this letter to the student shall be sent to the Graduate College.


A student may at any time withdraw from an approved ADP by informing the director of undergraduate programs and the graduate advisor in writing. A copy of this request to withdraw must be sent to the Graduate College.