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Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s

Program Overview

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Baster’s (ABM) programs allow you to begin master’s studies in your senior year to accelerate the completion of a master’s degree. You’ll earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree faster than completing the two degrees independently.

Often called a 4+1 program, the ABM program enables students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in as few as 5 years.

Fast Facts

Degree: BSME + MSME
Format: In-person
Credit Hours: 151
Completion time: 10 semesters (5 years)

How Does it Work?

To earn an advanced degree, typically, you would have to complete a bachelor’s program, then reapply for a two-year master’s degree. Accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs allow qualified undergraduate students to begin graduate studies in their senior year and simultaneously satisfy some remaining requirements for their bachelor’s degree. You’ll earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees faster with fewer courses and less cost.

If you are interested in applying for an ABM program, speaking to your academic advisor early is important — ideally by your sophomore year. Students must apply and be admitted into the master’s program in the semester preceding the beginning of their ABM program.

ABM Program Requirements

The specific requirements of the ABM program can be found below.

  1. Students in the ABM program may share up to 9 credit hours between the BSME and MSME degree programs.
    • The shared credits must be from courses at the 5000G level.
    • Three of the nine shared credits must be from MENG 5811G Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Research and Projects (1 credit hour) and MENG 5822G Research Project in Mechanical Engineering (2 credit hours).
    • The remaining six credit hours may be from any two 5000G-level courses (2×3 = 6 credit hours).
      • Students may enroll in graduate sections of the required 5000-level courses in the program (MENG 5137 Mechanical System Design and MENG 5136 Introduction to FEA or MENG 5432 Applied CFD) or graduate sections of any 5000-level major elective.
  2. There must be at least 150 unique hours between the two programs.
  3. Students must meet both BSME degree requirements and MSME degree requirements (thesis or non-thesis).
  4. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all graduate-level coursework.
  5. Students in the ABM program are limited to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework per term*.

*A student must apply and be admitted to the ABM program before beginning graduate coursework.

Courses and Curriculum Information

To view the recommended course sequence for the ABM program (Thesis and Non-Thesis Track), click one of the download buttons below.

For students who entered the BSME program Fall 2023 or later.

For students who entered the BSME program between Fall 2019 and Spring 2023.

Admission Requirements

For regular admission to the ABM program, the applicant must:

  1. Be a current student in the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program at Georgia Southern.
  2. Have completed no less than 25 and no more than 50 credit hours of Engineering Science (ENGR) and Mechanical Engineering (MENG) coursework.
  3. Have an institutional GPA of at least 3.00.

Application Process

To be considered for the ABM program,

  1. Complete the ABM Approval Form.
  2. Once you complete your undergraduate requirements, submit a Graduate Application.

Please note that students admitted to the ABM program are not classified as graduate students until they complete all BSME degree requirements and graduate.


If you have any questions about the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, curriculum, or admissions, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator:

Dr. Shaowen Xu
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8046
Phone: (912) 478-5006

Last updated: 6/1/2023