These programs are designed to allow qualified students to secure a space in a master's program available in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology while they are still pursuing their undergraduate degrees. An eligible student can choose a master's program in the same discipline as his/her bachelor's program or in a complementary discipline. Subject to the approval of the undergraduate and graduate program directors, a student enrolled in an accelerated program can count up to six credit hours of course work towards both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees. Full-time students can complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree in four years and the master's degree in one additional year.
Highly qualified students are encouraged to pursue accelerated programs because increased education in the engineering fields is rewarded with higher career earnings. The accelerated programs also provide unique opportunities for students to be involved in industrial, governmental and academic research projects in areas of engineering and engineering technology where there is a great need for advanced technical expertise. Old Dominion University's geographical proximity to such enterprises as the NASA Langley Research Center, the Northrop Grumman Shipyard, the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory, the Defense Department's Joint Training Analysis and Simulation Center, and Norfolk's unique position as host to the largest Naval Base in the world provides excellent opportunities for students in these programs to be involved in practical engineering and applied research projects, while simultaneously pursuing their academic degrees. In addition, the accelerated programs prepare students for a successful professional career and/or for further academic work. Graduates may apply for admission to Ph.D. programs in engineering or engineering management.
Students who are matriculated in an undergraduate major in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology with a GPA of at least 3.00 overall and 3.00 in the major are eligible to apply for admission to an accelerated bachelor's/master's program. Prerequisite courses may be required for engineering technology majors to pursue a master's degree in engineering.
Continuance in an accelerated bachelor's/master's program requires maintenance of a GPA of 3.00 or higher overall and in the major.
For more information on pursuing an accelerated degree program, please make an appointment with the CMSE Academic Advisor and Program Manager.