BS/MS Program

MAE BS/MS Applications for Fall 2023 MS Admission are CLOSED

                               BS/MS Applications for Fall 2024 Admission will open in Spring 2023

                         (click here for a link to the MAE BS/MS Application) <-- instructions are on the application and the in the program info below




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Students Admitted to the BS/MS program will be eligible for a Fall quarter MS program start only (no exceptions)

Students must complete and submit the internal department application for the BS/MS program by the program deadline during the Spring quarter of their Junior year 

(MAE Undergraduate Students cannot apply to the BS/MS program in their Senior Year & need to apply for the MAE Graduate Program of their choice through our regular Graduate Admissions process) Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be shared during the Summer term. Students accepted to the program must also complete the Graduate Division application during their Senior year. 

*Please combine the: Senior Year Schedule, Statement of Purpose & UCSD Transcript (unofficial) into a single PDF document to be attached to your UCSD MAE BS/MS Application. These materials are required to complete an application.

*Need help with combining your PDF? click here

  1. Students must complete the MAE Department’s internal application. A complete application includes the following:

  2. If accepted by the MAE Department, Students will be required to complete the UCSD Graduate Division application online using the same documents that were submitted in the internal BS/MS applications (i.e., statement of purpose).  The domestic applicant fee is $120, and the international applicant fee is $140. Students will need to provide the following in the online application:

    • UCSD Official Transcript

    • Transcripts for all institutions attended after high school

    • Statement of Purpose (2 page maximum)

    • GRE scores, TOEFL scores & 3 Letters of Recommendation are not currently required for BS/MS Students

               ^ more information about the Graduate Division application process will be sent to all Accepted applicants 


The BS/MS program in MAE is a contiguous Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree program for Undergraduate Students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UC San Diego who have maintained a strong academic record in both major and cumulative course work. The program is only open to Undergraduate Students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UC San Diego.

Acceptance into the BS/MS program permits Students to transition directly to the MAE Master’s program following receipt of an MAE Bachelor’s degree. Students admitted to the program are admitted by default to the Plan II MC81 - Mechanical Engineering  'Core Program' Students may choose between the Thesis (Plan I) or the Comprehensive Examination (Plan II) tracks for all other programs (ex: MC75 - Aerospace Engineering or MC78 - Applied Ocean Science) to complete the MS degree but this requires approval and is not guranteed (reach out to with questions)

Interested Students must submit an internal application to the Department in Spring quarter of their Junior year.  The Department does not provide funding for MS Students, but they are eligible for financial support including campus-wide fellowships and Academic Student Employment positions. 


Undergraduate Students in the UCSD Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department who are enrolled in the Bachelor’s program, and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above are eligible to apply. Applicants should note that eligibility does not necessarily guarantee acceptance into the program. Once admitted to the BS/MS program, Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA through conferral of the Bachelor’s degree. Students not satisfying these requirements may be re-evaluated for continuation in the program. Students must have completed at least 3 quarters in residence at UCSD.


Students in the contiguous BS/MS program must complete the same requirements as those in the regular MS program. MS program requirements are available on the MAE website. Students must have received their BS degree before they are eligible to enroll as Graduate Students. Students will not be admitted to the MS program if they do not graduate from the BS program. 


Academic Year

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

Summer Session


Junior Year


Applications for the BS/MS program due by the end of Week 9.

Admission decisions shared with applicants.

Senior Year*

*last academic year of BS program

Students complete the UCSD Graduate Division application by the application deadline (typically the week before winter break). 

Applicants receive official offers to the program from the UCSD Graduate Division.

Students should ensure they will meet all graduation requirements. We recommend meeting with an MAE Undergraduate Advisor.

Students must complete the Bachelor’s degree by the end of summer to register as a  Master’s student in the Fall. Final transcripts should also be sent to Graduate Admissions. 

MS Program

(Year 1)

Start Master’s program




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Applicant FAQ 

Q: How should I submit my application to MAE once it is complete?
A:*Please combine all of your application materials into a single PDF document (unofficial transcript via Tritonlink, Statement of Purpose, Senior Year Schedule) These will be attached to your application via the Google Form MAE BS/MS Application (click here) and are due by the application deadline.
Q: If I am accepted into the BS/MS Program can I start my MS program before the Fall quarter following my Undergraduate graduation if I finish before Spring quarter? 
A:The MS program is for a Fall quarter start only
Q: Can I enroll in Graduate courses once I am accepted into the BS/MS program in order to start on my MS degree coursework requirements? 
A:Being accepted in the BS/MS program does not confer graduate status until you complete your BS degree so enrollment in any MAE Graduate courses is subject to instructor approval via an EASy request. If your goal is to take these courses and transfer those credits to satisfy required MS coursework you need to make sure these units were not needed to meet your Undergraduate degree requirements (unused elective units) Please see the UCSD Graduate Division resource: Waiving Units for more information.
Q: How will my required Recommender Scores get to MAE? Do I need to contact them?
A: MAE will send an online form to the Recommenders you provide info for on your application (three Recommenders required) It is appropriate to email your Recommenders separately to give them a courtesy notice that you have included their information in your application for MAE BS/MS so that timely scores are received (these scores are required for further review of your Application for BS/MS Admission)