Seaver 4+1 Programs

The Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering offers LMU undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a 1-year master's degree while saving a substantial amount of money. This combined B.S./M.S. program is designed for LMU students to continue their graduate studies immediately following their B.S. degree.

Students admitted into a 4+1 program intend to immediately enroll in a 1-year master's degree program on a full-time basis after their senior year. Students will take a graduate-level course during their senior year which counts toward their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduate tuition covers the cost of the graduate-level course, and students may save more than $4,000 in graduate tuition costs.

Not sure which program is right for you? Seaver students from the following majors are eligible to apply to the 4+1 programs indicated.

 M.S. in Computer ScienceM.S. in Electrical EngineeringM.S. in Healthcare Systems EngineeringM.S. in Mechanical EngineeringM.S. in Systems Engineering
Applied Physics    
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Chemistry / Biochemistry        
Civil Engineering      
Computer Science ✓     
Electrical Engineering   ✓   
Environmental Science        
Health and Human Sciences        
Mathematics      
Mechanical Engineering    
Physics      

Application Deadline

Interested LMU students should apply for the 4+1 program before the end of fall semester of senior year.

Applications for Spring 2022 admission are due Dec. 15, 2021.

4+1 Entry TermApplication DeadlineExpected Graduation Date
Spring 2022 Dec. 15, 2021 May 2022

M.S. in Computer Science

The Master of Science in Computer Science program features interdisciplinary curricula built on the principles and values of the open source culture. The program emphasizes computing on multiple platforms, open source software development and interdisciplinary options.

Only LMU students in their senior year of Computer Science or Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Computer Engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or greater are eligible to apply.

  • Admission Requirements

    • A completed Online Application (the application fee will be waived)
    • Unofficial LMU transcripts
    • A personal statement (1-2 pages) that explains how the Computer Science Master’s Program fits into your career development.

    Graduation Requirements

    This combined B.S./M.S. program is designed for LMU students to continue their studies in the Computer Science M.S. program immediately following their B.S. degree. The program allows students to complete the M.S. degree in one year.

    Students can enter this program any term immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree requirements. The candidate for the combined B.S./M.S. degree in Computer Science must satisfy the following requirements:

    1. One Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering 500-level course taken as an undergraduate may count toward the M.S. degree. This course can be double-counted for the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree.
    2. In addition, for an admitted student, an additional Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering 500-level course may be taken in their senior year that counts towards the M.S. degree and not the B.S. degree. This potentially reduces the total number of additional semester hours after earning the B.S. degree to 24.
    3. The student should take two 500- or 600-level courses during summer following the senior year.
    4. Complete CMSI 583 Computability and Complexity and two CMSI 500- or 600-level courses during Fall following the senior year.
    5. Complete CMSI 585 Programming Language Semantics, CMSI 694 Graduate Capstone Project, and one CMSI 500- or 600-level course during Spring following the senior year.
    6. 500-level courses already completed for the B.S. degree cannot be retaken.
    7. The student may select the thesis option before the end of second semester of senior year with consent from the academic advisor and graduate program director.

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering houses a diverse student body: students with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering who want to be deeply involved in faculty-guided research projects; professionals seeking to advance their degrees; international students with undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering or a closely related field who seek advanced studies/training in the U.S.; and systems engineering students seeking to satisfy requirements for an optional technical focus in electrical engineering.

Only LMU students in senior year of Electrical Engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or greater are eligible to apply.

  • Admission Requirements

    • A completed Online Application (the application fee will be waived)
    • Unofficial LMU transcripts
    • A personal statement (1-2 pages) that explains how the Electrical Engineering Master’s Program fits into your career development.

    Graduation Requirements

    This program is designed for LMU students to receive a combined B.S. and M.S.E. degree by continuing their studies in LMU's Masters programs, immediately following their B.S. degree. The program allows students to complete the M.S.E. degree in one year. 

    The deadline for application is the end of Fall semester of senior year. Students can enter this program any term immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree requirements. The candidate for the combined B.S./M.S.E. degree must satisfy the following requirements: 

    • One Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering 500-level course (3 semester hours) taken as an undergraduate may count toward the M.S. degree. This course can be double counted for the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree. The student is required to complete 27 additional semester hours after earning the B.S. degree.
    • In addition, for an admitted student, an extra Seaver College 500-level course (3 semester hours) may be taken in their senior year that counts towards the M.S. degree and not the B.S. degree. This potentially reduces the total number of additional semester hours after earning the B.S. degree to 24.
    • The remaining coursework required must be consistent with the graduation requirements for the M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering program.

M.S. in Healthcare Systems Engineering

The Master of Science in Healthcare Systems Engineering is geared towards LMU undergraduate science students. The program is designed to educate current and future healthcare professionals on the important principles of systems engineering to help optimally manage the complexities and challenges facing healthcare today. The program was developed in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente and can be tailored to the needs of the working student.

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering provides a modern, professionally rigorous experience for mechanical engineers. The program is geared towards LMU undergraduates in mechanical engineering who wish to earn a master’s degree in one year. It is also geared towards mechanical engineers working domestically and internationally who wish to advance their careers and increase their value within the industry.

Only LMU Seniors in Mechanical Engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or greater are eligible to apply for the combined degree program.

  • Admission Requirements

    • A completed Online Application (the application fee will be waived)
    • Unofficial LMU transcripts
    • A personal statement (1-2 pages) that explains how the Mechanical Engineering Master’s Program fits into your career development.

    Graduation Requirements

    The student must apply for admission before the end of the Fall semester of the senior year. The candidate for the Combined B.S./M.S. in Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering must satisfy the following requirements:

    1. Students may count one 500-level class from their undergraduate degree towards their master's degree. Therefore, the student must complete 27 semester hours from MECH 500- and 600-level courses.
    2. The student should take two 500- or 600-level courses during Summer Session immediately following the senior year. At least three courses per semester are typically taken during the first year of the program.
    3. Complete MECH 604 Engineering Mathematics.
    4. A maximum of one elective course in another Engineering department may be taken with the consent of the Graduate Program Director.
    5. Thesis Option: With the consent of the Graduate Director, the student may elect a thesis. The thesis will satisfy 6 semester hours of the elective mechanical engineering course work requirements. The student may enroll for a maximum of 3 semester hours of Master's Thesis in any given semester (MECH 686). The student electing the thesis option must obtain a thesis advisor before Graduate Director consent will be considered. Formal thesis requirements must be obtained from the Graduate Program Director.

M.S. in System Engineering

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering is designed to support career advancement while strengthening students’ technical skills. The program consists of three areas of study: systems engineering, engineering management, and a technical focus of your choice.

Only LMU students majoring in engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics with senior standing and a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply.

  • This program is designed for LMU students to receive a combined B.S. and M.S. degree by continuing their studies in LMU's masters programs immediately following their B.S. degree. The program allows students to complete the M.S. program in Systems Engineering in one year after completion of the B.S. program.

    The deadline for application is the end of Fall semester of senior year. Students can enter this program any term immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree requirements.

    Admission Requirements

    • A completed Online Application (the application fee will be waived)
    • Unofficial LMU transcripts
    • A personal statement (1-2 pages) that explains how the Systems Engineering Master’s Program fits into your career development.

    Graduation Requirements

    The candidate for the combined B.S./M.S.E. degree must satisfy the following requirements (30 semester hours):

    1. One Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering 500-level course (3 semester hours) taken as an undergraduate may count toward the M.S. degree. This course can be double counted for the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree. The student is required to complete 27 additional semester hours after earning the B.S. degree.
    2. In addition, for an admitted student, an extra Seaver College 500-level course (3 semester hours) may be taken in their senior year that counts towards the M.S. degree and not the B.S. degree. This potentially reduces the total number of additional semester hours after earning the B.S. degree to 24.
    3. The remaining coursework required must be consistent with the graduation requirements for the M.S. in Systems Engineering program.