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4+1 Degree in Electrical Engineering

Combined Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Overview

Purdue University Northwest’s 4+1 combined Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) program allows students to receive both degrees in five years, as compared to six years to complete these degrees separately.

Outstanding undergraduate students can broaden their studies and improve their career prospects with a competitive advantage by completing both the BSEE and MSECE degrees at an accelerated pace.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The engineering departments offer a strong interdisciplinary program. All graduate faculty members have Ph.D. degrees from major universities and are active in research.

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Curriculum

As an undergraduate student in the electrical and computer engineering program, you will take a balance of general education courses, College of Engineering and Sciences courses, and electrical and computer engineering courses.

The combined program allows students to use a maximum of nine credits of graduate level courses approved by the Graduate Advisor or the Graduate Committee of the ECE Department to satisfy both the B.S. and M.S. graduation requirements, thereby making it possible for qualified students to complete both degrees in five years.

The graduate portion of the combined program offers both thesis and non-thesis options.

Learn the fundamentals in calculus and physics courses while exploring the foundational concepts of engineering.

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ENGR 186000 – First Year Seminar for Engineers
  • ENGR 19000 – Elementary Engineering Design
  • MA 16300 – Integrated Calculus Analysis Geometry I

Discover electrical engineering concepts such as circuit analysis, digital logic design and analog/digital electronics as well as integrated circuits.

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ECE 20100 – Linear Circuit Analysis I
  • ECE 27500 – Analog and Digital Electronics
  • ECE 27001 – Introduction to Digital System Design

Engage in advanced math, technical writing and project management.

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • MA 26500 – Linear Algebra
  • ENGL 30700 – Written and Oral Communication for Engineers
  • ECE 31200 – Engineering Economics and Project Management

Take electives while you complete a two-semester, team-based senior-design project.

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ECE 42900 – Senior Engineering Design
  • IECE 43900 – Senior Engineering Design II
  • ECE 30100 – Signals and Systems

During the fifth year students will take 18 hours of 500-level ECE courses and a 500-level MA course to complete the Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSECE.

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ECE 55000 – Computer Network Security
  • ECE 51200 – Power Systems

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Highlights

U.S. News and World Report includes the engineering programs at PNW in its top 50 rankings of master’s comprehensive universities nationwide.

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Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Use skills and tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Design and conduct experiments; analyze data
  • Design systems or processes within realistic constraints
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Understand the impact of engineering in economic, environmental and societal contexts

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Career Paths

A 4+1 electrical and computer engineering degree from PNW prepares you for a number of careers in the field, including:

  • Scientific research and development
  • Electrical component manufacturing
  • Power generation, distribution and transmission

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Beyond the Classroom

You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in on- and off-campus activities, including:

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Employers

Graduates of this program are employed in organizations and companies like:

  • NIPSCO
  • BP
  • ArcelorMittal

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships available to all PNW applicants, students seeking electrical and computer engineering degrees may also apply for program-specific scholarship awards, such as:

  • Undergraduate Admissions Merit Scholarships
  • College of Engineering, Math and Science Scholarship
  • Presnak Engineering Scholarship
  • Women in Engineering Scholarship

See Engineering and Sciences Scholarships

Electrical Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Accreditation

Purdue University Northwest’s Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Criteria.

Purdue University Northwest’s Bachelor of Science program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Criteria.

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Earn a Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or grad@pnw.edu to see how PNW’s flexible programs can meet your needs.