150−Hour Combined B.S./M.S. Overview
Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering
Admission to master's study is restricted to applicants whose backgrounds show a distinguished record in previous work as evidenced by their university transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, résumé, and competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
A substantial body of undergraduate work in electrical engineering and considerable breath of background are essential for graduate study. Students whose undergraduate record is considered lacking in depth or breath may be required to complete preparatory courses without degree credit.
Undergraduate students at Texas Tech University who are majoring in electrical engineering or computer engineering may apply to our 150-Hour Program. This program is intended for our best undergraduates who wish to stay on for a master's degree. Students in the program get an early start on master's work by taking three graduate courses in their senior year, in place of three senior elective courses, to complete their B.S.E.E. or B.S.Comp.E. degree. They then take the remaining graduate courses the following year and carry out their thesis research to complete their M.S.E.E. degree. Work on laboratory projects during the senior year may provide background for the thesis.
Overall the program requires 150 semester credit hours, rather than 159 in the case of completing the bachelor's before beginning the master's (156 versus 165, Non−Thesis Option). Interested EE/CS dual−degree undergraduate students should discuss opportunities similar to the 150−Hour Program with the Graduate Advisor.