School of Engineering Fast-Track Masters

(Plan II: non-thesis option)

The Fast-track Masters (Plan II) in the School of Engineering is open to highly qualified undergraduate students pursuing a BS at UAB in any of the following disciplines:  civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering or mechanical engineering. Students admitted to the Fast-track Masters can take graduate courses during their senior year at undergraduate tuition rates and have these courses count toward the MS degree.  After completing the BS degree, students in the Fast-track Masters will continue pursuing their MS degree.  No GRE exam will be required to continue in the masters program. 

Admission:  If all admission requirements are met, students and departments will be notified.  Students are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Director in their department for more information on the program.     

  • Students should be within 48 hours of graduation. 
  • At least 15 hours of course work must be completed at UAB.
  • Overall GPA for all college courses must be 3.0 or greater.
  • The following benchmark courses must have been completed with at least a “B” in each of the required benchmark courses. 


Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Materials Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

CE 236

EE 300

MSE 280

ME 241

CE 337

EE 312

MSE 281

ME 321

CE 345


MSE 380 or MSE 464

ME 364

CE 360

EE 318

MSE 381

ME 371


EE 333

MSE 465



EE 337



Requirements for the Program:

  • 33 hours (all course work must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to registration)
    • 15 to 21 hours of technical course work in the student’s discipline
    • 9 to 12 hours of business related courses – students may focus these courses in several areas; business administration, management, entrepreneurship, or engineering liability/law.
    • 0 to 6 hours Internship:  Students may participate in an internship opportunity.  This is an option; an internship is not required.  If internships are conducted for credit, each discipline will have requirements associated with the internship. 
  • Students are expected to complete at least two graduate courses during their senior year so that the masters can be completed in a one-year time period.