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Is it possible to do MSc and BSc at the same time?

  1. Mar 21, 2008 #1

    Defennder

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    I was looking through my college's staff listing and came across one of my professors. I read a short biography and it read like:
    What does this mean? That she graduated with an MSc the same time she completed her BSc?
     
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  3. Mar 21, 2008 #2

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    Well, I assume:

    BSc: 3 Years (2001 - 2003)
    MSc: 1 Year (2004)
    PhD: 3 Years (2005-2007)
     
  4. Mar 21, 2008 #3
    I read it as:

    B.S. received 2001
    M.S. received 2001
    Ph.D. received 2007

    Some universities offer dual B.S./M.S. programs in which the student receives a master's at the same time as a bachelor's by staying (usually) an extra year. In other words, it took the professor 5 years (assumed, since that's typical) to earn her B.S. and M.S., and 6 additional years to earn her Ph.D.
     
  5. Mar 21, 2008 #4

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    Is there any difference between delaying graduation for one year just so you can receive both MS and BS together or just doing BS first then followed by MS immediately?
     
  6. Mar 21, 2008 #5

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    The only difference I could think of would be tuition, if the tuition for graduate schools is much more than undergrad. In that case, one would stay an undergrad while taking graduate level courses, and then apply to the graduate program for the last year to satisfy the minimum requirements for registration.
     
  7. Mar 21, 2008 #6

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    I bet it's a typo.
     
  8. Mar 21, 2008 #7

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    There are programs for this. The Naval Academy has one where you go full time to the Academy and part time to Maryland during your junior and senior years, getting your BS in May and MS in December.
     
  9. Mar 21, 2008 #8

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    It can also be that she was AWARDED the BS in 2001 but actually completed it in 2000. I don't know what it is like in the US but here it can occasionally take a couple of months (or more) to get all the paperwork sorted even after you have fulfilled all the requirements.
     
  10. Mar 21, 2008 #9
    Did the professor do her undergrad/MSc in Germany? (or any number of other European countries with a similar system?) A "diplom" there is equivalent to an American B.Sc + M.Sc.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplom
     
  11. Mar 21, 2008 #10

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    I don't know how it works in other universities/countries, but I am doing one of the undergraduate masters courses mentioned. I get awarded an M.Sc at the end of it but no B.Sc
     
  12. Mar 22, 2008 #11

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    I thought undergrad masters degrees were MSci degrees, in order to differentiate them between the year long taught masters degrees (MSc)?
     
  13. Mar 22, 2008 #12

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    Actually mine's an Mphysgeog as it's a physical geography degree, but that's a bit of a mouth full so I normally just say MSc if anyone asks. I didn't know that differentiation existed.
     
  14. Mar 22, 2008 #13

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    Hmm ok thanks guys. Just wondering.
     
  15. Mar 22, 2008 #14
    Person in question is Ghim Wei Ho ( http://www.esp.nus.edu.sg/Research/Biography_Dr Ho.htm ) at NUS.

    Not sure how it is in Singapore but in Australia it's possible to do a Bach. of Engineering and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering (coursework) in one five year stretch and graduate with both degrees at the conclusion.
    So perhaps they have some arrangement like that there (or one of the many plausable explanations postd above).
     
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