The Accelerated Master's Degree program (“Combined BASc/MASc” or the 4+1 Program) allows ECE students to begin work towards a Master's degree while completing their final year of the undergraduate degree. Under this program, undergraduate students must successfully complete a fourth year individual research project course, and may complete up to 6.0 graduate course credits that will count towards their MASc degree. Typically, the research project will be supervised by the ECE faculty member who intends to become the student’s MASc thesis supervisor. It is expected that the Accelerated Master’s program will reduce the time required to complete MASc degree by one or two academic terms. The ECE department will review transcripts each year and invite suitable candidates to apply for this program in their third year of study.

To learn more about the program, please contact the ECE undergraduate program assistant Irina Pavich (irina.pavich@queensu.ca).

Program Timeline

Application

The Department invites students to the 4+1 information/recruitment session in the fall term of their 3rd year. Undergraduate students apply to the Accelerated Master's Program during the winter term of their 3rd year. Students must have first class grades (GPA 3.5 and higher). Students accepted to the program will complete their BASc with their class cohort and are expected to complete the MASc degree 16-20 months later.

Third Year Undergraduate - May

Students can begin thesis research (ELEC 491 or ELEC 497).

Third Year Undergraduate - August

Students submit their research report for grading.

Fourth Year Undergraduate - September

Students enroll in ELEC 492 (FW) or ELEC 497 (FW), 2 graduate courses (1 per term) and the ELEC 49X Capstone Project.

Fourth Year Undergraduate - January 31

Students submit an application to the School of Graduate Studies for admission into the MASc program.

Fourth Year Undergraduate - April

Students submit their ELEC 492 or ELEC 497 report for grading.

Fifth Year Graduate Studies - May to August

Students take 2 more graduate courses and continue research and work on their Master's thesis while funded with a minimum MASc stipend and at graduate student tuition rates. Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant for specific details on your funding.

The 4+1 Program Application Form