BS/MS Program

*Fall 2025 applications are open from May 1st, 2024 to June 7th, 2024.*


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  • Students admitted to the BS/MS program will be eligible for a Fall quarter MS program start only (no exceptions)
  • The MAE BS/MS program is only open to Undergraduate Students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego (no exceptions)
  • Students admitted to the program are admitted by default to the Plan II MC81 - Mechanical Engineering  'Core Program' (see below) 

(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 Session following the BS/MS Application process. You will be contacted on the email that is linked to your Application.

MAE Undergrad Students will be required to complete a unique MAE BS/MS UCSD Graduate Division application online during the Spring quarter before an official decision and offer of Admission to the MAE MS program can be made. The domestic applicant fee is $135, and the international applicant fee is $155 (application fee is only paid by applicants who will be accepted into BS/MS, applications will be reviewed and decisions communicated to Students before any application is submitted to UCSD. You do not need to pay an application fee to have your application reviewed by MAE). Students will need to answer a series of MAE MS specific questions within the application so that we can understand your goals for a MS Degree. Students will also need to provide the following in the online MAE BS/MS application:


not required:

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


The BS/MS program in MAE is a contiguous Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree program for Undergraduate Students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 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 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 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 etc.) to complete the MS degree but this requires approval by the MAE Faculty 'Lead Instructor' of the new Major Code a Student wants to transfer into. This is not guaranteed (reach out to with questions)

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 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 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.



Academic Year

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

Summer Session


Junior Year


Applications for the BS/MS program due by the end of Week 10

Admission decisions shared with applicants.

Admitted Applicants must then submit and pay their UCSD Application fees (via:

Senior Year*

*last academic year of BS program


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

Students should ensure they will meet all graduation requirements to obtain their BS Degree.

We recommend Students meet with their Undergraduate College Advisor (ex: Warren, Sixth, Muir)

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)

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


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Applicant FAQ 

Q Once my BS/MS application is completed (ready to submit) what should I do?

A *After you have completed a MAE BS/MS Application here DO NOT submit and pay the application fee until your acceptance is confirmed by the MAE Department (via


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 (questions?


Q How will my required MAE Faculty Recommender Score get to MAE? Do I need to contact them?

A Yes, it is appropriate to email your MAE Faculty Recommender separately to give them a courtesy notice that you require a response to the MAE BS/MS Recommendation Form so that timely scores are received (these scores are required for further review of your Application for BS/MS Admission) You will at least need to share the Google Form with them (linked above & instructions on the form)