Frequently-Asked-Questions: The BS/MS Honors Program

Frequently Asked Questions: The BS/MS Honors Program

The following questions reflect some of the most frequently voiced concerns of our students. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please bring them to the attention of the AE undergraduate academic program manager Chris Lundy or AE academic advisor Brittany Hodges


How and when do I apply for the AE BS/MS Honors program?

  • Submit an AE Honors Program application to the AE academic advisor, Ms. Brittany Hodges via email or in person at the AE Academic Office (Montgomery Knight 308) no later than the last day of classes in a given semester. Applications will be evaluated after the semester’s grades are available. The eligibility requirements (GPA and credit-hours) must be satisfied at the end of the semester in which you have applied.

What is the GPA requirement for the AE BS/MS Honors program?  Is it strictly enforced?

  • To enter the program, your overall Georgia Tech GPA must be 3.5 or higher. Even if your GPA temporarily goes lower than 3.5, this minimum overall GPA requirement is strictly enforced when you are (1) applying to the BS/MS program, (2) applying to the graduate program, and (3) completing the BS degree.

What is the credit-hour requirement for the AE BS/MS Honors program?

  • You must be an undergraduate who has earned at least 48 total credit-hours (this includes any AP/Transfer credits). And you must have completed at least 14 credit-hours of Georgia Tech coursework, of which at least 12 credit-hours must be in technical subjects. You must also have at least (3) three undergraduate semesters in residence remaining at Georgia Tech. It is advised that you apply to enter the program when you have earned no more than 80 total credit-hours. The eligibility requirement must be satisfied at the end of the semester in which you have applied.​

Which courses can I double-count in the BS/MS Honors program?

  • You can use up to six (6) credit-hours of AE Options courses for both your BS and MS degrees. The AE Options courses that you double-count must be at the 4xxx-level and/or graduate level.

How do I identify a faculty advisor for my undergraduate research?

  • Follow the instructions on the Undergraduate Research page to identify a faculty research advisor in your area of interest, and register for undergraduate research courses (AE 2698/2699 and/or AE 4698/4699).

May I count research I completed before I was in the BS/MS Honors program as one of the three (3) required semesters of research?

  • Research conducted prior to entering the BS/MS program is not normally allowed. However, requests to have a prior research experience in AE 2698/2699 and/or AE 4698/4699 count must be sent to permits@ae.gatech.edu and approved prior to your senior year (before obtaining 90 credit-hours). Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is advised that you apply to enter the program when you have earned no more than 80 total credit-hours.

Will a presentation I made at an internship satisfy the oral presentation requirement?

  • The oral presentation must be based on your AE faculty-guided research (AE 2698/2699 and/or AE 4698/4699). Poster presentations and internship or other presentations that are not associated with AE faculty-guided research do not fulfill this requirement. There are a limited number of AE Brown Bag Lunch seminars in Fall and Spring semesters and no such seminars in the Summer. Thus, you should try to complete your presentation two semesters before you graduate.

​​How do I check my status in the BS/MS Honors program or ask questions about it?

  • Contact the undergraduate advising manager, Mr. Chris Lundy, in the AE Academic Office (Montgomery Knight - 308)

How do I specify which AE Options courses I will double-count?

  • When you are finishing your BS degree, you do not need to specify which courses you intend to double-count. You will specify this the semester before you graduate with the MS degree. At that time, you will submit a Program of Study form that must indicate (1) you are a BS/MS student and (2) which  six (6) credit-hours from your BS program you are double-counting to satisfy your MS requirements

What happens if I take more courses than I need for my BS degree?

  • If the extra courses you take are graduate or 4xxx-level courses, you could reduce the number of courses you need to take as a graduate student. The extra courses should appear as the BS degree “Fall Through" courses  on your DegreeWorks audit. If these courses do not appear as “Fall Through" courses in your DegreeWorks audit, please meet with an undergraduate advisor in the AE Academic office who can only correct this before you graduate with the BS degree. In addition to the six (6) credit-hours you double-count in the BS/MS program, you can transfer up to six (6) credit-hours of BS degree “Fall Through” courses (at the graduate or 4xxx-level) that you took while an undergraduate to the MS program if they satisfy MS degree requirements.

When and how do I submit an application to begin the MS part of the BS/MS Honors program?

  • Early in the senior year of your BS program, follow these instructions to submit a graduate school application for the AE BS/MS degree program. If you wish to begin graduate school in the Fall semester, you should submit your graduate application by December 1 of the previous year.  If you wish to begin graduate school in the Spring semester, then you should submit your graduate application by October 1 of the previous year.

For example, if you are graduating with BS degree in Spring 2021 and want to begin the graduate program in Fall 2021, then your graduate school application should be submitted by December 1, 2020.

When should I expect the acceptance letter for my graduate school application?

  • The response to your graduate application is normally provided within two (2) months of the application deadline. Questions about the status of your application should be directed to ae-graduate-info@aerospace.gatech.edu.

How do I find the MS degree requirements and ask questions about them?

How will the AE Options courses I double-count fit into the MS degree requirements?

  • Any of your AE Options (4xxx-level and/or graduate level) may be used toward MS degree requirements. Note that, to satisfy the MS degree requirements, no more than nine (9) credit-hours can be at the 4xxx-level; the remainder must be graduate-level courses. Thus, if you double-count six  credit-hours of 4xxx-level AE Options courses, then your MS program of study can include no more than three credit-hours of additional 4xxx-level courses.

Can I defer my offer of graduate admission?

  • In order to double-count courses, you must complete the master's degree within two years of the date you earned your bachelor's degree. Thus, if you defer your graduate admission for an extended period, it is possible that this two-year period will be exceeded, and, thus, course double-counting will not be allowed. Requests and questions related to your particular case should be directed to ae-graduate-info@aerospace.gatech.edu.

Can I attend graduate school on a part-time basis or as a Distance Learning student?

  • It's possible, but it can be challenging. In order to double-count courses through the BS/MS Honors program, you must complete the master's degree within two years of the date you earned your bachelor's degree. If you earn your MSAE degree on a part-time basis, or through the Distance Learning program, it is possible that you will exceed this two-year limit. Requests and questions related to your particular case should be directed to ae-graduate-info@aerospace.gatech.edu.