Combined BS/MS Program

Program Contacts

Alban Sauret, ME Graduate Faculty Advisor 

Katelynn Ellison, ME Student Affairs Manager

UCSB Graduate Division 


Departmental Application

Submit all of the following required components by July 1st of the Third Year:

All materials should be saved as pdf's and emailed to

Graduate Division Application

Instructions on completing the UCSB Graduate Division application will be in May during the Fourth Year after acceptance to the BS/MS program.


Combined Bachelor's/Master's in Mechanical Engineering

The combined BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering program at UC Santa Barbara seeks to prepare our undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students more deeply and broadly than the Bachelor's program alone. It is envisioned that BS/MS graduates will be highly sought-after by industry, and will have improved chances to enter top academic PhD programs.

This is a project-based Masters program. A distinctive feature of the program is the possibility to select graduate courses in several areas of emphasis in our current ME graduate program, as well as the ability to receive an optional initiation into business education through the UCSB Technology Management Program (TMP). 

The combined BS/MS program is structured so that the number of units required to obtain the combined BS/MS degrees will be the same number of units required to obtain the BS and MS degrees separately. Provisions are made to ensure that courses counted toward the BS degree will not be counted toward the MS degree, and vice-versa. The proposed program of study is similar to the other combined BS/MS degrees currently offered by the UCSB College of Engineering, such as those in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. Students may also be interested in the combined BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering/Materials program, coordinated by the Department of Materials. For more information, please see the Materials department website.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a minimum major GPA of 3.5 at the end of the spring quarter of the junior year
  2. Currently in the BS Mechanical Engineering program


Third Year:

  • Fall quarter: Notify department of interest by emailing ME Advisor (
  • Spring quarter: Submit departmental application by July 1st
  • ​Summer quarter: Departmental admission decision mid-August 

Fourth Year: 

  • Enroll in 1 engineering elective not counted toward the BS degree (3 units)
  • Enroll in 1 graduate level ME course per quarter (9 units)
  • Submit Study Plan to ME Advisor for review (winter quarter), demonstrating completion of the Masters in the fifth year.
  • Submit Advancement request Memo and Curriculum Memo to COE by May 1st.
  • By early-May, you will receive an email from the UCSB Graduate Division with instructions for submitting the Graduate Division application. Application is due by May 15th.
  • Receive admissions decision and submit your SIR by June 1st. (Once you have submitted your SIR, you will be advanced to graduate standing)

Fifth Year:

  • Complete all remaining requirements for MS


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers specialization in six areas of research:

  1. Bioengineering and Systems Biology
  2. Computational Science and Engineering
  3. Dynamic Systems, Control and Robotics
  4. Micro and Nanoscale Engineering
  5. Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures
  6. Thermal Sciences and Fluid Mechanics 


Courses in BOLD are graduate course units.

YEAR FALL Quarter WINTER Quarter

SPRING Quarter

ME 151A (4 units)
ME 152A (4 units)
Gen. Ed. (4 units)
Gen. Ed. (4 units)
MATRL 101 or MATRL 100B (3 units)
ME 151B (4 units)
ME 152B (3 units)
ME 163 (3 units)
ME 104 (4 units)
ME 153 (3 units)
ME 151C (3 units)
ME 155A (3 units)
ME 154, 157, or 167 (3 units)
ME 105 (4 units)
ME 156A (3 units)
ME 189A (3 units)
Engr. Electives (3 units)
ME Grad Core (3 units)
ME 156B (3 units)
ME 189B (3 units)
Engr. Electives (6 units)
Gen. Ed. (4 units)
ME Grad Core (3 units)
ME 189C (3 units)
Engr. Electives (6 units)
Gen. Ed. (4 units)
Engr. Electives for MS (3 units)
ME Grad Core (3 units)

ME 200 (1 unit)
GRADUATE YEAR ME Grad Electives (9 units)
ME 200 (1 unit)
ME Grad Electives (9 units)
ME Grad Electives (6 units)
ME 200 (1 unit)
ME 200P (3 units)