Del E. Webb School of Construction to offer 4+1 Accelerated Degree

This program is designed to provide selected high-achieving ASU Construction undergraduate students with the opportunity to combine advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work and accelerate graduate degree completion. The program is particularly suited for students with strong academic backgrounds who are motivated to pursue independent research. Participants will have an opportunity to work in a research environment and engage in theoretical and/or experimental work with faculty and doctoral student mentors. Students will be able to showcase their work at the Del E. Webb School of Construction Graduate Student Research Symposium and be eligible for travel grants to present their work at national conferences.

Students will be able to earn a B.S.-M.S. in five years by enrolling in up to nine credit hours of graduate-level course work taken during their senior year. Six of these credits will apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Students are considered undergraduates until all B.S. requirements have been met. Students will not be counted as an undergraduate and graduate student simultaneously. Upon receipt of the B.S., students must change their status from the integrated B.S.-M.S. to the graduate M.S. program. They will then be eligible for graduate teaching and research assistantships and related health insurance and tuition waivers.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of two semesters of full-time enrollment in Construction is required. Applications are normally submitted with two semesters remaining in the senior year (in the second semester of a student’s junior year).
A minimum of 75 credit hours of course work applicable to an ASU B.S. program with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) or better must be completed before beginning the accelerated degree program.

Application Procedure

Students must apply for admission to the program through the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) and the ASU Graduate College by submitting an application form for the integrated programs in Construction. Interested students should meet with their academic advisor to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Applications must be accompanied by:
1. Application
2. Application fee
3. Three letters of recommendation
4. Personal statement
5. Current resume
6. Official transcripts from all colleges attended (except ASU), unless course work has already been transferred to ASU
a. Student must have a 3.20 cumulative GPA in all ASU course work in order to apply to the accelerated program
7. A plan indicating the consenting faculty advisor and supervisory committee*
8. An integrated plan of study (iPOS) leading to the dual degrees (sample follows at end of document)

Note: the GRE is not a requirement for this degree.

*The advisor and supervisory committee will also comprise the master’s program committee and shall be composed of a minimum of three members from the ASU faculty with at least two being from SSEBE. A change of advisor requires approval of the school director.

Deadlines

Applications are reviewed twice each year and are due by Sept. 15 for the following spring semester and by Feb. 15 for the following fall semester.
Acceptance notices are sent prior to pre-registration in the semester of application.

Course Selection

The student, together with the faculty advisor, selects up to nine credit hours of 500-level courses to be taken prior to the B.S. graduation. Up to six credit hours of course work may be credited toward the M.S. program requirements. All courses must be taken at the ASU Tempe campus.