Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) program gives you the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Four graduate courses (12 credit hours) can be taken while you are an undergraduate student and can be double-counted towards both your bachelor’s and master’s degree. This allows you to get a non-thesis Master of Materials Science and Engineering (MR) degree or a thesis-based Master of Science (MS) – Materials Science and Engineering degree within a year of completing your B.S. degree.

Degree Options

MS Degree RequirementsMMSE Degree Requirements
Degree Title in ApplicationMaster of Science (MS) – Materials Science and EngineeringMaster of Materials Science and Engineering (MR) – On-Campus
MSE Coursework15 hrs of MSE graduate-level courses18 hrs of MSE graduate-level courses
Additional Coursework9 hrs of graduate-level courses from technical disciplines12 hrs of graduate-level courses from any combination of MSE, chemistry, physics, math, or other engineering courses**
Research6 hrs of MS thesis research*Not required. Research projects cannot be used to fulfill MMSE degree requirements.
ThesisRequiredNot required
Total Hours3030

*ABM students choosing the MS degree must identify a faculty member willing to provide and supervise a suitable master’s research project. This faculty member will become the chair of the student’s MS thesis committee and will serve as the student’s academic advisor.

**subject to approval by the student’s academic advisor

Application Eligibility

  • Students may apply once they have completed a minimum of 75 credit hours in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from advanced placement, but prior to the completion of their bachelor’s. Students typically apply the fall of their junior year.
  • Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 24 hours as a full-time student at NC State.
  • Students must have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.500 at NC State at the time of admission into the ABM program.
Student Eligibility Requirements

Typical ABM Program Schedule

B.S. Junior YearApply to Graduate School*1 double-counted course
B.S. Senior Year1 double-counted courseMSE 580 + 1 double-counted course
Master’s Year (MS)3 hrs of MSE 695 thesis research + 6 hrs of graduate-level courses3 hrs of MSE 695 thesis research + 6 hrs of graduate-level courses
Master’s Year (MMSE)9 hrs of graduate-level courses 9 hrs of graduate-level courses

*Application Procedure

Interested students who meet the GPA requirement should schedule a meeting with the Undergraduate Academic Advisor and Director of Graduate Programs to discuss eligibility, graduate program options, and to develop tentative academic plans for the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs (this is called the ABM Plan of Work). 

While still an undergraduate, students must submit the standard application for admission to the Graduate School including a $75 application fee, three letters of recommendation, and any other documents/standardized test scores required by individual programs. An approved ABM Plan of Work form is required to admit a student into the ABM program.

There are three steps to the admission process:

  1. Admission into the ABM program with a planned graduate program track (MS or MMSE) while an undergraduate student.
  2. Receive a grade of B or better in the double-counted graduate-level courses while maintaining a 3.500 GPA. Courses with a grade of B- or below cannot be double counted between the two degrees.
  3. After completion of the bachelor’s degree, ABM students are formally accepted and matriculate into the graduate program.


  • Be careful to select the correct master’s degree program in your application:
    • Non-thesis: Master of Materials Science & Engineering (MR) – On-Campus
    • Thesis-based: Master of Science (MS) – Materials Science and Engineering
  • All double-counted courses must be completed before the undergraduate graduation date.
  • Students in the ABM must receive the bachelor’s degree prior to entering graduate status.
  • Any deviations from the approved ABM Plan of Work form, require that the updates be approved by the Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs as well as the Graduate School.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours must be taken within the MSE Department.

Allowable Course Substitutions

Students admitted to the program may substitute up to four 400-level undergraduate courses (12 credits) for graduate-level courses: 

Course TitleUndergraduateGraduate
B.S. Required Course
Materials ForensicsMSE 480MSE 580
Nuclear MaterialsMSE/NE 409MSE/NE 509
Processing of Metallic MaterialsMSE 440MSE 540
Ceramic ProcessingMSE 445MSE 545
Polymer Technology and EngineeringMSE 455MSE 555
Composite MaterialsMSE 456MSE 556
Microelectronic Materials Science and TechnologyMSE 460MSE 560
Introduction to NanomaterialsMSE 465MSE 565

*Depending on the concentration chosen, MSE curricula also include three or four elective slots that can be used to complete the other two double-counted courses. These can be chosen from the list above, other MSE graduate-level courses, or from graduate courses in other disciplines that also satisfy the MS or MMSE degree requirements.

Application Procedure, Requirements, Continuing Eligibility, and Withdrawal

Download the ABM Plan of Work: NC State ABM Plan of Work  (PDF)   |    NC State ABM Plan of Work  (DOCX)


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