The combined BS/MS and BS/PhD degree programs allow qualified students to start working towards a graduate degree before graduating with their bachelor's degree. Students in the combined degree program can begin graduate course work in their senior year and double-count a certain number of credit hours of specific graduate EE courses for both the bachelor's and graduate degree requirements. This program is only available to current UF students and is restricted to ECE students.


Basic Requirements for Admission to Program


To be eligible for the ECE combined BS/MS or BS/PhD program, students must satisfy the following minimum criteria:

  • Must have a 4EG senior status and at least a year left as an undergraduate before beginning the BS/MS or BS/PhD program.
  • Must have a GRE score of 310 or higher. A GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 is required.
  • Must have an upper division GPA of at least 3.3 for the BS/MS program and 3.7 for the BS/PhD program.
  • Must have completed at least seven EEL-prefixed core courses and 2 EE labs

To start your application to the combined degree program, email Graduate Admissions Coordinator Julie Walters, at, including the following information in the body of your email:

  • UFID
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Email address

Do NOT fill out the UF Graduate Admission application at this time! Once the information requested is received, an ECE application will be created and an automatic email with instructions on how to complete the application will be mailed to you.

The following documents are required as part of the application and review process:

  • A statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation (ECE professors are preferred). For BS/PhD applicants, at least one letter of recommendation from an ECE faculty member must state that the author agrees to chair your PhD supervisory committee.
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts
  • GRE test score
  • CV/resume


Application Deadlines

SpringSeptember 1
FallDecember 15 – Applications must be submitted by December 15 to be fully considered for funding (contact the Student Services Office for more information regarding funding).
 April 1 – deadline for US domestic students (see December 15 deadline for funding)

Students will be notified via email regarding the admission decision. Once admitted, BS/MS students will be sorted into one of two tracks:

  • Honors Track: The Honors Track is for those students whose upper division grade point average is 3.3 or higher. It allows double-counting of 6 graduate credit hours for the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • High Honors Track: The High Honors Track is for those students whose upper division grade point average is 3.6 or higher. It allows double-counting of 12 graduate credit hours for the bachelor's and master's degrees.

Students admitted to the BS/PhD program are allowed to double-count 12 graduate credit hours for the bachelor's and PhD degrees. All double-counted credit hours must be 5000- or 6000-level electrical engineering courses with a grade of B or higher. These may be double-counted for credit as electrical engineering undergraduate technical electives and towards a master's degree credit requirement. The selection of courses must be approved by the ECE Student Services Office advisors.


In the semester the student graduates with his/her undergraduate degree; the student must complete the UF Graduate School application and submit the $30 application fee. Students should not submit statements of purpose or letters of recommendation through the UF application. Students are required to submit an official GRE test score. Official GRE score reports can be sent directly from ETS using UF Code 5812. Please do not send hardcopies of any admissions materials to the ECE Department or ECE Student Services Office.


Seniors admitted into the combined BS/MS or BS/PhD program may be eligible for teaching and research assistantships. The assistantship appointment includes a bi-weekly stipend plus a tuition matriculation fee waiver. Interested students should contact Julie Walters at