BS/MS Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The School of Computing and Engineering established the BS/MS program to offer students an opportunity to meet the full requirements of the existing BS and MS degree programs in a shorter time period than the separate degree programs by completing a B.S. degree within four years and then completing an M.S. degree in the fifth year.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (BS)/(MS):

  • Students are required to maintain full-time undergraduate enrollment (minimum 12 hours/semester)
  • Must be continuously enrolled from BS to MS programs (must enter graduate program the semester following completion of BS degree requirements)
  • Students admitted to the program will receive the SCE BS/MS Scholarship which will cover the difference between Graduate and Undergraduate tuition rates
  • Students are required to maintain full-time graduate enrollment (minimum 9 hours/semester) and complete the masters degree within the year following the completion of their bachelor's degree to remain enrolled in the program and receive the BS/MS Scholarship.

Admission Requirements for BS/MS Program:

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • The GRE will be waived for students who meet the qualifications above and are planning to enroll in the BS/MS program
  • Students must indicate their interest and apply to the program no later than the end of their junior year
  • Students must complete 30 hours at SCE prior to admission to the BS/MS program
  • Students are expected to follow the recommended curriculum (although deviations are possible) and must maintain a UMKC cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher

Please contact the DST Student Services Center for additional info or clarification by phone (816) 235-2399 or by e-mail

University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Requirements for BS/MS Graduation

Credit Hour Requirements

The BS/MS combination of a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering requires:

  • 127 Undergraduate Credit Hours 
  • 24 Graduate Credit Hours
  • 151 Total Credit Hours.

Academic Requirements

The curricular requirements for both degrees are identical to the requirements for the two degrees when considered separately, with a few additions and exceptions.

  1. Students enrolled in the plan must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all UMKC coursework.
  2. Students must receive a minimum grade of C (2.0) for every undergraduate course attempted in the CSEE Department.
  3. Students must receive a minimum grade of B (3.0) for every graduate course attempted in the CSEE Department.
  4. Students should follow the recommended sample program in order to graduate within five years, but variations are possible.

For additional details, please contact our Department by phone (816) 235-1193 or by e-mail

Five Year Program Sample

Students should follow the sample program as listed for the BS in ECE degree and should apply for the graduate degree prior to enrolling for the fall semester of their fourth year. During their fifth year, they could enroll in 12 credit hours each semester or make use of the summer semester between their fourth and fifth year to take a course or special project, if offered.

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.