The BS-MS is an accelerated degree program that gives academically qualified students the opportunity to receive two diplomas (B.S. and M.S.) at the same time in five years, graduating at the same time to earn the bachelor’s degree alone. Students can still enjoy the benefits and rewards of the Drexel Co-op experience while gaining research experience by working with research faculty.
Eligibility for the BS-MS degree:
- Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, who are in good academic standing and are enrolled as five-year co-op students, are eligible. Students officially enter the program after completion of 90 credits and before completion of 120 credits. However, students are encouraged to begin planning for the program early. Students who meet these BS-MS eligibility requirements must submit a BS-MS plan of study for approval. Interested students should read the BS-MS information available in the Advising for Engineers portal and contact their advisor with questions.
- Students in Bachelors/Masters program take 180 undergraduate credits plus the required 45 graduate credits. Students in the program must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate and graduate course work in order to remain in the program.
- A BS-MS dual degree programme provides training and learning with research in multidisciplinary subjects. A BS-MS programme is offered in the following courses:
- Earth and Environmental science
- Biological science
In the dual degree, students will learn about the core courses in the first year, select their pre-major courses in the second year, select major and minor courses in the third year, which will continue till the fourth year and in the final year, the students are required to register for an MS thesis in relevance to the major discipline. BS-MS students can either choose a Master’s thesis or Senior Design. If the thesis option is chosen, the BS-MS student will be required to submit the BS-MS Master’s Thesis Proposal Contract for approval before registering for the Master’s thesis course.
The difference between the two programmes is that a BSc (Bachelor of Science), is a three-year programme and BS-MS (Bachelor of Science and Master of Science) is a five-year integrated programme. Students take up a BSc course to specialize in a particular subject which they can specialize in a period of 3 years. While, students who take up a BS-MS course, are allowed to select their pre-major disciplines in the second year after being taught the core courses in the first year. The main difference between the two courses is that after pursuing a BSc, a candidate can elect to take up a different programme or course in a different university/college, whereas the candidate can do their undergraduate and postgraduate course in one go and receive a dual degree programme without worrying about masters. This is a much faster approach towards completing one’s education in a single go.
Due to the entire COVID 19 pandemic hitting its peak, and all sectors including the national economy stepping into the standstill zone, everyone is trying their best to revive everything. With the introduction of the National Education policy 2020, the ministry of education is doing all it can to reform the education system. The government has tentatively decided to start the new class session from the month of September. With such a decision, the ministry is trying everything possible with regards to technology, EdTech, and all other means to impart education with ease and efficiency. Schools and colleges are planning to reopen soon, in order to start their next academic session. The classes for the existing undergraduate students pursuing a BS-MS degree will commence on September 1 in online mode. Teaching and evaluation for the previous semester have been completed. About 1,000-1,200 students pursue this five-year residential course. Presently, online interviews of students aiming to pursue doctoral studies are underway. The Ministry of Education has released circulars regarding the reduction of the syllabus in each course separately. With respect to the BS-MS course, the ministry made it loud and clear with respect to no reduction of the syllabus, but when it came to other courses the syllabus is being re-organized. In the BS-MS course specifically with no reduction in the syllabus, the subjects within the course are being shuffled from one semester to another. Especially laboratory courses or those requiring hands-on work under supervision are being deferred to the next semester. No portions have been deleted, so far as per the circulars so released.
The date of commencement of online classes for the new batch stands undecided as the entrance test for the same has been rescheduled but tentatively has been decided to commence from September. Since the online sessions are planned for the upcoming few months, the institute will bear the data expenses for students who cannot afford it. In some cases where internet facility is unavailable, the institute shall facilitate students with USB or SD cards with study material from time to time. Students who are unable to participate in online teaching programme due to any circumstances or reasons would be given the option of dropping the semester and extending their tenure, without penalty. Students are given the option of registering for fewer credits than the usual minimum requirement. The date of commencement of online classes for the new batch stands undecided but the classes for the existing undergraduate students pursuing a BS-MS degree will commence on September 1 in online mode. Teaching and evaluation for the previous semester have been completed and students have received their previous semester results too.
With COVID 19 disrupting all plans and the world peace, with students feeling distorted about their career path as well as their further higher education, the government is trying their best to revive the situation and provide stability and direction for the students. Now with the new education policy 2020 being implemented from the new session, teachers as well as students are excited to start the new session. The government has targeted to blend in technology in the education industry, and the coming session would be a proof with regards to the implementation of the new education policy and to the fact if India is finally ready to accept the change.