Accelerated master degree in physics

Our Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program provides the opportunity for well-performing students to enroll simultaneously in an undergraduate and a graduate program. Students can apply up to 16 common course credits towards AGRADE undergraduate and graduate degrees in the student's major field. Students in AGRADE programs often complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in as little as five years.

Students must apply for an AGRADE program during the semester that they earn 90 credits toward an undergraduate degree typically during junior year. Applicants must have:

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  • GPA of at least 3.6 in major courses

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MS-BME)

Some graduate-level (5000 and 6000 level) biomedical physics courses taken in the senior year can be used toward the MS-BME degree.

How does it work?

If you are qualified as an AGRADE student:

  • After completing 90 credits of undergraduate coursework, you should meet Biomedical Engineering Academic Advisor, Namrata Murthy, before registering for 5000 or 6000 level courses
  • 15 credits of graduate-level classes (approved by the BME advisor) taken in the senior year can be used towards the MS-BME degree
  • You would then need only 19 more BME credits, possibly taken over the next two semesters or one year, to graduate witan a MS-BME degree
  • The academic advisor will help you put together your plan of work to make sure the biomedical physics classes are listed properly

Senior Rule

Students that do not readily qualify for admission to the AGRADE program may take advantage of the Senior Rule admission.

  • Students may take some graduate credits in their final semester of undergraduate coursework
  • Graduate credits will only be given for those courses taken in excess of their undergraduate degree requirements
  • Undergraduate and graduate courses combined may not exceed 16 credits for the final semester of undergraduate degree coursework
  • Students must also register for at least one credit of their undergraduate degree requirements in this final semester to be eligible for this status

Before the start of this final semester, students should meet Namrata Murthy to get approval for their graduate-level coursework that may be transferred toward the MS-BME degree.

Learn more about the AGRADE program