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Changing Major or Adding/Rescinding Dual Degree - College of Engineering

The Grainger College of Engineering Programs of Study

The Grainger College of Engineering Major Specific Dynamic and Static Curriculum Maps

Certificates

Minors

Combined B.S.-M.S. Engineering Degree Programs

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Changing Major or Adding/Rescinding Dual Degree

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Grainger College of Engineering has an Inter-Departmental Transfer (IDT)/Inter-College Transfer (ICT) process that should start with you exploring the information below in order to check your eligibility and decide how to proceed.

IDT/ICT Eligibility

Transfer Overview

Requirements to Transfer

Application Process

Notification and Decisions for Submitted Exploration Portfolio

Exploration Portfolio

Information Session 

Dual Degree Information

Advising Team

Inter-Departmental Transfer (IDT) and Inter-College Transfer (ICT) Eligibility for the College of Engineering


Who you are

Your College

Process

When to apply

I joined the U of I as a TRANSFER student in summer 2017 or later (star) (star)

I am in The Grainger College of Engineering

Before you start the Portfolio, or consider a change of major within engineering, you MUST see the Transfer Student Coordinator in 206 ENG HALL in your 1st semester. You MUST follow your current program of study in your current major during your 1st semester.

N/A

I am in another college (non-ENG)

You are not eligible to transfer to an engineering major

N/A

I joined the U of I as a FRESHMAN in summer 2017 or later (star)(star)

I am in The Grainger College of Engineering

FRESHMEN: Before you start the Portfolio, or consider a change of major within engineering, you MUST see an advisor in 206 ENG HALL in your 1st semester. You MUST follow your current program of study in your current major during your 1st semester.

2nd, 3rd or 4th semester of enrollment

I am in Pre-Engineering (DGS)

Apply to The Grainger College of Engineering (ICT application)

2nd, 3rd or 4th semester of enrollment

I am in DGS general or in another college (non-ENG) (star)

Apply to Pre-Engineering (DGS) – you are not eligible to directly apply to ENG

see https://dgs.illinois.edu/ict-to-pre-engineering

2nd semester of enrollment

(star) Exceptions: for Students who joined as Freshmen in LAS-PHYS, LAS-CS, ACES-ABE: LAS-PHYS to ENG-PHYS, LAS-CS to ENG-CS, ACES-ABE to ENG-AnyMajor will apply directly to ENG (ICT application). For other engineering majors, all students must apply to PREP (e.g. a LAS-PHYS student seeking EE, or a LAS-CS seeking ME must apply to PREP).

(star) (star) If you joined the U of I prior to Summer 2017 , the ICT/IDT process includes an Exploration Portfolio; Please FIRST check that you have the classes required to transfer to the major you are considering, with As and Bs mostly in your technical classes.



Overview of the Transfer Process

Wondering if you are eligible?Check the more complete information aboveStudents who joined the U of I as non-engineering freshmen will first apply to PREP their 2nd semester of enrollment- attend a PREP information session to learn more.
Thinking about a major in The Grainger College of Engineering?Start Your Exploration Portfolio Here (as early as possible)

START your exploration portfolio as soon as you are thinking about an engineering major. It is a helpful tool for your exploration process.

If you are not in PREP or not in ENG go to https://dgs.illinois.edu/ict-to-pre-engineering


Wondering about the classes and grades requirements?Check the College of Engineering Transfer Requirements and the Required Classes to Transfer

For Dual degrees, the process starts with the Exploration Portfolio (for incoming freshmen who joined on Fall 2017 or after) and an application to Grainger Engineering that will be reviewed by Grainger Engineering staff -See section on dual degrees for more information

Ready to Apply?Finalize and Submit Your Application HERE

The Spring 20 application deadline is October 30, 2019 at 11:59PM (no Exception)

The Fall 19 application deadline was March 30, 2019 at 11:59PM (no Exception).

How do you hear back?You will be notified by EmailAn update will also be posted on your online application
When do you hear back?

After Grades for the current semester are known.

Before the start of the next semester.

The committee waits for the current semester grades to be posted for most applications (early notifications will be sent for ineligible applications)

Allow weeks for the committee to review after grades are posted


Requirements to Transfer

All students interested in engineering must take Math/Phys/Chem/Eng classes. See the Sample Curriculum Maps for each curriculum, especially the first two semesters.

Important Notes about Performance and Potential for engineering:

  • Students with grades below B in technical courses are not good candidates for transfer to Grainger Engineering, unless those low performances are amended by retaking the course and earning a higher grade, and as discussed with an engineering advisor (students with more than one grade below B should consider non engineering curricula).

  • Students who do not take technical loads that engineering students take each semester (see the Suggested Sequence for each engineering curriculum) are at risk of lowering their chances for transfer (check The Grainger College of Engineering Transfer Requirements).

  • Discuss any special circumstances with your current department/college academic advisor.


Application Process

  • The application consists of your name/UIN/Major you wish to apply to and your Exploration Portfolio.

  • While students have the option to indicate up to three engineering majors they wish to apply to, you do NOT need to indicate three majors (only apply to majors you are genuinely interested in).

  • Students applying for a dual degree in engineering indicate ONE major only in their application, the major they are interested in applying for their dual degree.

  • When ready to apply, submit your application.

  •  Applying after the deadline will automatically delay your application to the following review period for a later semester- No petition will be possible after 11:59PM. 

Please note the following:

  • This application process is only for majors in The Grainger College of Engineering. You will need to apply to a different college for other majors (including ChBE, CS + x, and TSM).
  • Majors that are high in demand can only be selected as “top choice” in the petition. Currently, these include BIOE, COMPE, CS, EE, ME.
  • All students are greatly encouraged to explore and select more than one major in their application.
  • Your application will be reviewed according to how you ranked each major (top, then second, then third). You will only be considered for your second (then third) choice if we cannot accommodate you in your first choice.
  • If your application for transfer is approved, and you accept it, we will not consider a future request from you for another transfer.
  • If your application for transfer into your first choice is denied, and you are offered your other choice, we will not consider a future request from you for your first choice.



Notifications and Decisions on Submitted Exploration Portfolios

  • After you Submit Your Petition online, you will receive a confirmation email that your petition is submitted.

  • The Committee reviews all applications after grades are available for the current semester.

  •  Students will be notified of the outcome before the start of the semester they apply to (approximate Notification Dates: June 30th for Fall, January 20th for Spring).

  • Students who are taking their last engineering class(es) in summer in order to be considered for fall Transfer (as previously discussed with an advisor in 206 Engineering Hall) will be informed of the outcome before fall semester starts, after summer grades are available.




Exploration Portfolio

Thinking about an Engineering Major? Start your Exploration Portfolio as early as possible

When combined with visits to advisors, the Exploration Portfolio will be your personal tool to reflect, and ponder on which major best aligns with your interests. A completed Portfolio is required as part of the application process.

A few things about the Engineering Exploration Portfolio:

  • The Portfolio contains a Specialized GPA, that only takes into account the foundational MATH, PHYS, CHEM classes taken at the UofI and the ENGINEERING classes taken at the UofI. No worries, advisors will have access to all of your grades when reviewing!

  • Do NOT have two browsers opened on the WebApp, while you edit your answers, or this creates duplicate entries, and can prevent you from submitting your application...



Information Session

Ways to learn more? Check Information Sessions (this will be updated periodically)

  • Attend Pre-engineering (PREP) Info Sessions (RSVP to attend)

  • Students will apply to PREP

  • Attend ENG ICT/IDT Info Sessions on March 13, 2019 from 6 - 7 pm in ENGR Hall 106B1 (RSVP to attend)

    • Meant only for inter-departmental transfers and inter-college transfers for pre-Fall 2017 students only.
  • All Students will apply to ENG via the ICT/IDT WebApp



Dual Degrees

Want to Rescind your Dual Degree? Students must fill out this form by the tenth day of classes.

Wondering if you are you eligible? Students who would be eligible for Transfer (ICT or IDT) are eligible.

Wondering how and when to apply? The Grainger College of Engineering Dual Degree process is aligned with our ICT/IDT process for freshmen who joined the UofI in summer 2017 or later. It includes a Portfolio in which you must upload an Engineering Dual Degree Form signed by advisors. See Process below.

Wondering how your application will be reviewed? We use the same criteria as those for ICT/IDT, but given the high demand for engineering degrees, the priority might be given to first degree (ICT/IDT) applications for high in demand majors.

Grainger Engineering students who had to change College for their secondary major - i.e. who had to transfer out of the college of engineering for one year- do not need to re-apply for ICT for their primary major in engineering, but instead fill out this Paper Form and meet an advisor in 206 Engineering Hall.

(star) documents below are coming soon (will be available soon)

Who you are

Your College

Process

When to apply

I joined the U of I before Summer 2017

Any College

  • You are planning a Dual Degree in engineering:

  • Check Guidelines (star)

  • Notify current college of your intentions.

  • Apply for "ICT/DualDegree-to-ENGR" via the ENGR Exploration Portfolio.

  • Meet with advisors of current major and desired dual engineering degree: Plan classes and obtain signatures on the Engineering Dual Degree paper form

Earlier is better (but no later than 1.5 years before graduating)

I joined the U of I as a FRESHMAN in summer 2017 or later

I am in The Grainger College of Engineering

  • You are planning TWO degrees in engineering:

  1. Check Guidelines (star)

  2. Apply for IDT via the ENGR Exploration Portfolio.

  3. Meet with advisors of current major and desired dual engineering degree: Plan classes and obtain signatures on the Engineering Dual Degree paper form

  • You are planning a dual degree in another college: check their process, and timeline

2nd, 3rd or 4th semester of enrollment for two degrees in engineering (**)

I started at the U of I in Pre-Engineering (DGS)

Apply to The Grainger College of Engineering (ICT application using the ENGR Exploration Portfolio). Then apply LATER for a dual degree

2nd, 3rd or 4th semester of enrollment for two degrees in engineering (**)

I started at the U of I in DGS general

Apply to Pre-Engineering (DGS) using the PREP Exploration Portfolio. Then apply to The Grainger College of Engineering (ICT application). Then apply LATER for a dual degree

2nd semester of enrollment (**)

I started at the U of I in another college (non-DGS general or non-ENG)

  • You are planning a Dual Degree in engineering:

  • Check Guidelines (star)

  • Notify current college of your intentions.

  • Apply for "ICT/DualDegree-to-ENGR" via the ENGR Exploration Portfolio. Select "College of Engineering", then mark that you entered "Prior to Summer 2017" to get to the "ICT Engineering Portfolio". For Summer or Fall 2017 incoming Freshmen only, we are extending the application deadline to the 3rd semester of enrollment. Make sure to check your eligibility! NOT everyone is eligible.

  • Meet with advisors of current major and desired dual engineering degree: Plan classes and obtain signatures on the Engineering Dual Degree paper form

2nd semester of enrollment (**)

(**) Students who wish to pursue two degrees in engineering must first apply to ICT to the most high in demand degree as their first choice. No dual degree application to a high in demand major will be considered at a later time.

Dual Degrees (Grainger Engineering+ILEE)

  • Grainger Engineering students who want to apply for the ILEE dual degree will find all information at this Link (you will need an updated resume, an Application ILEE Portfolio and a plan of study).



Advising Team

Advisors are always available to help you explore your options and it is essential you consult with them at any step of your journey. Advisors will be happy to meet with you and discuss your plans, after you explored on your own possible majors, narrowed it down to a few, after you checked the links above regarding majors, course sequence, and transfer requirements. This may answer a LOT of your questions!

  • If you are not in PREP, started at UofI before FA17 or if you are in ENG already, meet a Grainger Engineering advisor: we are in 206 Engineering Hall. See all Colleges.

  • Meet a Grainger engineering departmental advisor(s) for the engineering major you are considering.


Certificates

A certificate attests to a student's achievement in an area beyond their major.  Certificates do not appear on the final transcript.  The following organizations offer certificates that may be of interest to Grainger Engineering students:


Minors

Click here for a list of Grainger Engineering Minors

  • If you intend to add a minor, you need to get a signature of approval from the department in which you intend to get the minor. You can obtain the 'Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor' form in PDF here.
  • If you want to change or remove a minor, you will find copies of the "Minor's Modification Form" at the kiosk in the lobby of 206 Engineering Hall (with link to the Provost's website here). Submit the completed form to the front desk of 206 Engineering Hall.

Students in The Grainger College of Engineering can also pursue many of the minors offered by other colleges. See the Academic Catalog for information on other minors outside of the College.




Combined B.S.-M.S. Engineering Degree Programs

Computer Science (M.S.)

The five-year B.S.-M.S. program in Computer Science combines two degrees: a B.S. in Computer Science with an M.S. (with thesis) in Computer Science. Current Illinois Computer Science students enrolled in The Grainger College of Engineering with junior standing who maintain superior academic performance are eligible to apply for this program. Students admitted to the program will receive both degrees once all requirements for the 5-year B.S.-M.S. degree program have been successfully completed.

Course Requirements

B.S. Component (120 hours plus three 400-level courses for 9-12 graduate hours):

  • Same required courses as the traditional B.S. degree with the minimum hours required – not counting technical electives taken for graduate credit (see below) – reduced from 128 to 120.
  • Course work shared by the B.S. and M.S. components must include three courses and at most 12 credit hours of 400-level CS courses required for the B.S. which also count towards the Breadth Requirement course work of the M.S. component, all of which must be taken for graduate credit. (Students must take the graduate section of the courses if offered and are strongly encouraged to take the 4-hour section if available). The CS Graduate academic advisor will assist students in mapping out this course work.
  • Illinois undergraduate student minimum residence requirement satisfied
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 maintained through completion of B.S. component of the program.

M.S. Component (minimum 16 additional credit hours plus 4 hours of CS 599):

  • Identical to the traditional M.S. program with the Breadth Requirement course work satisfied while still classified as undergraduate (though held to the standards of a graduate student). A total of 32 credit hours (including the shared course work) are required.
  • Satisfy Illinois' graduate student minimum residence requirement.
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 must be maintained through completion of M.S. component of the program.

Admission

For deadlines and procedures, consult the department website. Current Grainger Computer Science students who are in their junior year (normally at least 90+ credit hours, including those in progress, and at least one year of undergraduate course work remaining) with an overall GPA of at least 3.50 may apply for provisional admission to the program. The 5-year program is highly competitive. Admission is based on overall academic performance, letters of reference, and statement of purpose. The GRE General Test is not required.

Students provisionally admitted to the program:

  • are assigned a graduate academic advisor when admitted.
  • must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 through completion of the B.S. component of the program, to remain in the program.
  • may register for graduate courses and earn graduate hours credit, with approval from their graduate academic advisor, even if they are more than 10 hours from completing the B.S. component.
  • must earn at least 120 hours of undergraduate credit, 9 hours of graduate credit (in the Breadth Requirement courses), and satisfy all B.S. requirements to be officially admitted to the Graduate College.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. component (including grades of B- or better in the Breadth Requirement), and an overall GPA of at least 3.00 in all graduate course work, students:

  • will be officially admitted into the Graduate College.
  • will be issued letters of admission from the Office of Admissions and Records and the Computer Science Department, at which time they will be considered graduate students and assessed graduate tuition the following semester.
  • may apply or be considered for graduate research or teaching assistantships, tuition waivers, as well as fellowships and scholarships available to graduate students.
  • must continue to maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 or better in order to remain in the combined program.

Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the program at any time by notifying the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and the Assistant Director of CS Graduate Programs. Students who do not complete all 5-year B.S.- M.S. degree program requirements may upon request have all graduate hours earned, including the Breadth Requirement course work converted to undergraduate hours and applied toward a traditional B.S. in Computer Science degree. Students reverted back to the B.S. degree program must earn the minimum number of hours and satisfy all degree requirements of whichever version of the B.S. curriculum is appropriate. Graduate credit not used to fulfill the B.S. degree requirements will remain on the transcript and may, at some future point, be considered for transfer to another degree program.

Continued Graduate Study

Students in the program are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program in Computer Science near completion of the M.S. component. If admitted, the combined degree will count as Stage 1 of the Ph.D. program, as if the student is admitted with a master’s degree.
Students are strongly advised to seek faculty counsel about the 5-year program to be sure they understand the pros and cons of pursuing a master’s degree via the 5-year program. If their intention is to ultimately pursue a Ph.D., then it may be preferable to avoid the rapid pace of the 5-year program and instead invest time in research as an undergraduate. For admission to competitive Ph.D. programs, the expectation of publications and extensive research experience is higher for M.S. graduates. Therefore, as an alternative to the 5-year program, many top students may prefer to conduct research, possibly leading to a B.S. thesis, as a way to improve their admissions chances into top Ph.D. programs.

Computer Science (M.C.S.)

The 5-year program in Computer Science combines two degrees: a B.S. in Computer Science with an M.C.S. in Computer Science. This program is competitive and admission is based on overall academic performance, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose.

Course Requirements

B.S. Component:  120 hours plus 3 "Breadth Requirement" courses for 9-12 graduate hours

  • Same required courses as the traditional B.S. degree with the minimum hours required reduced to 120 hours.
  • Must complete 3 out of the 4 "Breadth Requirement" courses:  four different courses, each from a different area, from the following eight core areas with a grade of B- or higher.
  • University undergraduate minimum residence requirement satisfied.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher maintained through the completion of the B.S. component of the program.

M.C.S. Component:  Minimum 20-23 additional coursework hours

  • Program is identical to the traditional M.C.S. program with the 3 out 4 "Breadth Requirement" courses satisfied while still classified as an undergraduate.
  • Students who take the "Breadth Requirement" courses for 3 credit hours instead of 4 will need to complete a minimum of 23 additional graduate level coursework hours.
  • Students must satisfy the university's graduate student minimum residence requirement.
  • Students must complete remaining M.C.S. degree requirements in two semesters (fall-spring, spring-summer, or spring-fall).
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 through completion of the M.C.S. component of the program.

Admission

For deadlines and procedures, please consult the department website. Current Grainger Computer Science students enrolled in The Grainger College of Engineering with a junior standing (must have at least one year left of their undergraduate study after admitted into the program) who maintain an excellent academic performance are eligible to apply for this program. Students admitted to this program will receive both degrees once all requirements for both degrees have been successfully completed. Transfer students entering the CS undergraduate program their junior year are also eligible to apply to this program.

Students provisionally admitted to the program:

  • are assigned a graduate academic advisor.
  • must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 through completion of the B.S. component of the program to remain in the program.
  • may register for graduate courses and earn graduate credit hours, with approval from their graduate academic advisor, if they have 12 hours or less to complete in their FINAL semester of their undergraduate studies. Please note that students cannot transfer more than 12 credit hours of coursework over to their M.C.S. degree, which includes the shared coursework.
  • must earn at least 120 hours of undergraduate credit, 9 hours of graduate credit (this is the "Breadth Requirement"), and satisfy all B.S. requirements to be officially recommended for admission to the Graduate College.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. component (including grades of B- or better in the "Breadth Requirement"), and an overall GPA of at least 3.0 GPA, students

  • will be officially admitted into the Graduate College, with the application fee paid by the department.
  • will be issued letter of admission from the Graduate College Admission Office and the Department of Computer Science, at which time they will be considered graduate students and assessed graduate tuition the following semester. International students may be required to submit additional documentation at this time.
  • must continue to maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better in order to remain in the combined program.
  • must complete all the remaining M.C.S. degree requirements within two semesters (fall-spring, spring-summer, or spring-fall). Please note that if you finish your B.S. requirements in less than four years, you will not be given extra time to complete the M.C.S. degree requirements. You will just finish this joint program in less than 5-years and be able to start working sooner!

Withdrawal

Students who do not complete all 5-Year B.S.- M.C.S. degree program requirements may request by petition to have graduate hours earned, including the Breadth Requirement coursework, converted to undergraduate hours and applied toward a traditional B.S. in Computer Science degree. Students reverted back to the B.S. degree program must earn the minimum number of hours and satisfy all degree requirements of whichever version of the B.S. curriculum appropriate. Graduate credit not used to fulfill the B.S. degree requirements will remain on the transcript and may, at some future point, be considered for transfer to another degree program. 


Electrical and Computer Engineering - This program is no longer accepting applications for admission (May 2019).

The joint B.S. - M.Eng. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering combines two degrees: a B.S. in EE or CompE with a M.Eng. in ECE. Current Grainger ECE students enrolled in the College of Engineering with junior standing (normally at least 90 credit hours, including those in process, and at least one year of undergraduate coursework remaining) who maintain superior academic performance are eligible to apply for this program. The program is designed to broaden a student's knowledge beyond that possible in the standard 4-year curriculum. Students admitted to the program will receive both degrees once all requirements for both the B.S. - M.Eng. degree have been successfully completed. Students may participate in the graduation ceremonies for their B.S. degree once the 120 credit-hour requirement is met. There will be no Graduate College or BOT waivers allowed for students in this program. This program is not intended for students intending to pursue the Ph.D. degree--such students should apply to the traditional M.S. (with thesis) degree program.

Course Requirements

B.S. Component (120 hours)

  • Same required courses as the traditional B.S. degree with minimum hours required reduced from 128 to 120.
  • The reduction of 8 credit hours includes:
    • 6 hours in Free Electives in both EE and CompE curricula
    • 2 hours in ECE courses in EE Technical Electives or 2 hours in ECE or CS courses in CompE Technical Electives.
  • Overall GPA of 3.40 must be maintained through completion of B.S. component of the program.
  • Illinois undergraduate student minimum residence requirement must be satisfied.

M.Eng. Component (32 additional hours of coursework)

  • Identical to stand-alone M.Eng. degree requirements:


Grad Degree Requirements

Required Courses:

Required Hours

Coursework

32

ECE 500 registration (0 hours) every term while in residence

0

500-level ECE courses (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below)

12

Professional Development: ECE 596 Master's Project supervised by ECE (or affiliate) graduate faculty or course(s) in leadership, entrepreneurship, or other business-related topic from approved list or as approved by ECE Director of Graduate Studies

4

Elective courses (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below)

16

Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap)


Grad Other Degree Requirements

Requirement

Description

A minimum of 12 credit hours of ECE coursework at 500-level must be applied toward the degree. Up to 4 hours of ECE 596 and/or ECE 597 (or other individual study) may be applied toward this degree requirement.


Coursework must include at least 18 credit hours of ECE coursework; 15 of these hours must be from no more than 2 different focus areas. The ECE Graduate Committee maintains the Focus area course lists.


Credit in ECE 411, ECE 415, ECE 445, ECE 590, PHYS 404, PHYS 435, PHYS 436, and STAT 400 do not count toward the degree.


No course used to fulfill any degree requirement may be taken using the "Credit/No Credit" option.


This degree option is non-thesis only.


Maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.0.


Admission to the Program

For deadlines and procedures, consult the department website. Current Grainger ECE students with at least 90 credit hours and an overall GPA of at least 3.40 may apply for provisional admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on overall academic performance, letters of reference, and statement of purpose. The GRE general test is not required.

Students provisionally admitted to the program:

  • are assigned a graduate academic advisor when admitted.
  • must maintain an overall GPA of 3.40 through completion of the B.S. component of the program in order to remain in the program.
  • may register for graduate courses and earn graduate hour credits, with approval from their graduate academic advisor, when they have less than 12 credit hours remaining in their B.S. component.
  • must earn at least 120 hours of undergraduate credit and satisfy all B.S. requirements of this program to be officially admitted to the Graduate College.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. component students:

  • must apply and be officially admitted into the Graduate College.
  • will be issued letters of admission from the Graduate College and the ECE Department, at which time they will be considered graduate students and assessed graduate tuition the following semester.
  • must satisfy the graduate student minimum residence requirement, which is 24 graduate credit hours.
  • must continue to maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 or better in order to remain in the combined program.

Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the program at any time by notifying the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Students who do not complete all B.S. - M.Eng. degree requirements may request by petition to have graduate hours earned converted to undergraduate hours and applied toward a traditional B.S. in Electrical Engineering or B.S. in Computer Engineering degree. Students reverting to a traditional B.S. degree program must complete 128 hours and satisfy all degree requirements. Graduate credit not used to fulfill the B.S. degree requirements will remain on the transcript and may, at some future point, be considered for transfer to another degree program.


Engineering with a Concentration in Energy Systems

The joint B.S. - M.Eng. in Engineering with a Concentration in Energy Systems program combines two degrees: a B.S. in any engineering undergraduate major with the M.Eng. in Engineering with a Concentration in Energy Systems. Current Grainger Engineering students with junior standing (normally at least 90 credit hours, including those in process, and at least one year of undergraduate coursework remaining) who maintain superior academic performance are eligible to apply for this program. The program is designed to broaden a student's knowledge beyond that possible in a standard 4-year curriculum. Students admitted to the program will receive both degrees once all requirements for both the B.S. - M.Eng. degree have been successfully completed but will be permitted to participate in the B.S. degree graduation ceremonies with their class if they have completed the equivalent number of credit hours. This program is not intended for students intending to pursue a Ph.D. degree.

Course Requirements

B.S. Component (124 hours):

  • Same required courses as the traditional B.S. degree with the minimum hours required reduced from 128 to 124 hours. The reduction of 4 credit hours is based on the utilization of 4 hours in free electives in the student's undergraduate curriculum.
  • Illinois undergraduate student minimum residency requirement satisfied.
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 maintained through completion of B.S. component of the program.

M.Eng. Component (32 additional hours of coursework):

  • Identical to the current M.Eng. in Engineering with a Concentration in Energy Systems. A total of 32 hours (including the shared coursework) are required.
  • Satisfy Illinois' graduate student minimum residency requirement.
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 must be maintained through completion of M.Eng. component of the program.

Admissions

For deadlines and procedures, consult the departmental website. Current Grainger Engineering students who are in their junior year (normally at least 90 credit hours, including those in progress, and at least one year of undergraduate coursework remaining) with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a technical GPA of 3.0 may apply for provisional admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on overall academic performance, letters of reference, and statement of purpose.

Admissions to the program will occur both in the fall and the spring term. The application deadline for the spring term will be October 2 and for fall term will be June 1. The Energy and Sustainability Engineering M.Eng. admissions committee will review applications for this program and students accepted into the program will be given "provisional admission."

Students provisionally admitted to the program:

  • are assigned a graduate academic advisor when admitted.
  • must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 through completion of the B.S. component of the degree to remain in the program.
  • may register for graduate courses and earn graduate hours credit, with approval from their graduate academic advisor, if they have less than 12 credit hours remaining in their B.S. component.
  • must earn at least 124 hours of undergraduate credit and satisfy all B.S. requirements of this program to be officially admitted to the Graduate College.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. component, students:

  • must apply and be officially admitted into the Graduate College.
  • will be issued letters of admission from the Graduate College and the NPRE Department, at which time they will be considered graduate students and assessed graduate tuition the following semester.
  • must satisfy the graduate student minimum residency requirement, which is 24 graduate credit hours.
  • must continue to maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 or better in order to remain in the combined program.

Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the program at any time by notifying the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Students who do not complete both the B.S. - M.Eng. degree program requirements may request by petition to have graduate hours earned converted to undergraduate hours and applied toward the student's traditional engineering undergraduate major. Students reverting to the traditional B.S. degree program must complete 128 hours and must satisfy all degree requirements. Graduate credit not used to fulfill the B.S. degree requirements will remain on the transcript and may, at some future point, be considered for transfer to another degree program.

Industrial Engineering

The Department offers a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program in Industrial Engineering. This program allows students who wish to earn both degrees to become involved in graduate course work and thesis research during their fourth year of study. It also offers the possibility to earn both degrees on an accelerated schedule. The educational objectives of the combined program are the same as for the individual degrees.

Course Requirements

The combined program requires 120 hours of undergraduate credit and 32 hours of graduate credit. This compares to 128 hours of undergraduate credit and 32 hours of graduate credit when the B.S. and M.S. degrees are earned separately. The undergraduate requirements are identical to the four-year B.S. program shown above, except that the following requirements are waived:

  • one IE technical elective — 3 hours
  • Free electives — 5 hours

In addition, independent study project courses may not be used as IE or technical electives in the B.S. portion of the combined program.

In the M.S. portion of the program, 32 hours of credit and a thesis are required. There must be at least 24 hours of formal graded course work at the 400 level or greater, eight of which must be at the 500 level, and four of the eight must be in the major field. A Master's thesis, for which at least four and no more than eight hours of IE 599 credit is required. Students must also register for the graduate seminar course (IE 590) every semester following formal admission into the graduate portion of the program.

A student in the combined program must spend at least two academic years in residence, full time in the combined degree program, and at least one of these years must be with graduate status. Students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 in order to remain in the combined program.

The B.S. and M.S. degrees are granted simultaneously at the end of the program.

Admission

Formal admission to the combined program normally occurs late in the junior year or early in the senior year. Undergraduate students in IE may apply for formal admission to the combined program with the following provisions:

  • Students must have a minimum Illinois GPA of 3.60 or higher, and have earned 96 credit hours towards the B.S.I.E. requirements at the time they are invited to apply.
  • A special B.S.-M.S. application is provided to the student with the invitation. This application along with supporting documents must be submitted to the ISE Graduate Programs Office, Room 111 Transportation Building. There are two annual application deadlines: September 15 and January 15.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the program. However, students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE in their senior year in order, for example, to be eligible for national fellowship competitions.
  • Students in the combined program will be recommended by the department for admission to the Graduate College after they complete the 120 hours required for the B.S. portion of the combined program.
  • The department will pay the application fee for these students.
  • Each student is required to identify a graduate advisor and file a graduate course plan in the semester the student is granted formal admission to the graduate portion of the program.
  • Once the student is admitted into the B.S.-M.S. program, the Director of Graduate Programs will act as the student’s advisor until a permanent advisor is found.

Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the program at any time by notifying the Undergraduate Programs Office. Students who do not meet the Graduate College and departmental requirements for admission to the graduate program at the time they complete the 120-hour B.S. portion of the combined program will be required to leave the program.

Students who withdraw from the program for any reason may continue in the regular four-year B.S. degree program, which currently requires 128 hours, provided they meet the normal GPA requirements of that program. Students who withdraw from the combined program after they have taken courses for graduate credit may petition to have those credits counted toward their undergraduate program requirements.

Continued Graduate Study

Students who complete the combined program may petition to continue in graduate school for a Ph.D. These students will hold the same status (post M.S.) as students entering the Ph.D. program with an M.S. degree, and will be required to take the department's qualifying examination no later than the second calendar semester after graduation from the combined program.


Materials Engineering

The five-year B.S.-M.Eng. program in Materials Science and Engineering combines two degrees: a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) with an M.Eng in Materials Engineering. Current Grainger MatSE students, who maintain appropriate academic performance, are eligible to apply for this program. The program is designed to enhance the students experience in the engineering aspects of materials, broaden their knowledge beyond that possible in the standard 4-year curriculum and obtain a foundation in business, technology management, and/or entrepreneurship. Two semesters (or equivalent, a minimum of 30 weeks) of industrial co-op or internship are required; a research thesis is not required. In addition the students are expected to complete, during the combined program, at least 10 hours of courses in the areas of business, technology management and/or entrepreneurship from an approved list (available from the department). Students admitted to the program will receive both degrees once all requirements for the 5-year B.S.-M.Eng. degree program have been successfully completed but will be permitted to participate in the B.S. graduation ceremonies with their class if they have completed the equivalent number of credit hours. Once graduate student status is achieve, students in the program would be eligible for a teaching assistantship in MatSE (only).

Deadline: Completed application and reference letters must be returned to the MatSE Office, 201 MSEB, 2 months before the end of the Fall semester of the students Junior year. The application and letter of reference forms for the B.S.-M.Eng. Program are available from the MatSE department office.

Admission to the Program

Current Grainger MatSE students with Junior standing and with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) may apply for provisional admission to the program. Admission is based on overall academic performance, letters of reference, and statement of purpose. The GRE General Test is not required.

Students provisionally admitted to the program:

  • are assigned a graduate academic advisor when admitted.
  • must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 through completion of the B.S. component of the program, in order to remain in the program
  • may register for graduate courses and earn graduate hour credits, with approval from their graduate academic advisor, even if they are more than 10 hours from completing the B.S. component
  • must earn at least 120 hours of undergraduate credit and satisfy all B.S. requirements of this program to be officially admitted to the Graduate College.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. component, with grades of B or better in the advanced area coursework, and an overall GPA of at least 3.00 in all graduate coursework, students:

  • will be officially admitted into the Graduate College
  • will be issued letters of admission from the Office of Admissions and Records and the MatSE Department, at which time they will be considered graduate students and assessed graduate tuition the following semester
  • may apply or be considered for graduate teaching assistantships and tuition waivers, as well as fellowships and scholarships (in MatSE only) available to graduate students in MatSE.
  • must continue to maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 or better in order to remain in the combined program.

Students in the program are not eligible to continue in the Ph.D. program in MatSE. Students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. must apply separately for admission to that program.

Course Requirements

B.S. Component (120 hours)

  • Same required courses as the traditional B.S. degree with minimum hours reduced to 120 hours
  • The reduction of 8 credit hours includes:
    • 5 hours of free electives.
    • 3 hours of the area specialty course in a different area (the latter becomes part of M.Eng. program requirements)
  • At least one semester (or 2 summers) devoted to an industrial internship or co-op.2
  • It is strongly suggested that the student take 2 courses in some aspect of business, economics, environmental studies, labor and industrial relations, technology entrepreneurship or technology and management as the elective component of their Liberal Education requirements. Partial or complete fulfillment of the Technology and Management or Business minor or the Technology Commercialization Certificate is recommended for those admitted by application if available hours permit. The students are expected to complete, during the combined program, at least 10 hours of courses in the areas of business, technology management and/or entrepreneurship from an approved list (available from the department), with additional hours recommended. It is noted that since receipt of the B.S. degree is delayed until the requirements for the M. Eng are completed, the student has the opportunity to complete the undergraduate minors while taking the M. Eng requirements.
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 maintained through completion of B.S. component of the program and minimum residency requirements satisfied.

M.Eng. Component (minimum 36 additional hours of coursework)

  • 36 hours course work, including at least 19 graduate hours of MatSE courses with 12 hours credit overall in 500-level courses. The course work shall include MSE 585 (two semesters or equivalent, 30 weeks total, of industrial internships or co-ops; one of the semesters can be during the B.S. program)1, 6 hours of 400- or 500-level area specialty courses in the student’s area, 3 hours of 400- or 500- level MSE courses from a different area, 2 hours of MSE 595, and 2 hours of MSE 529 or MSE 559. Ten hours of courses in one or more of the areas of business or technology management, and entrepreneurship are required to be included in the overall program. Completion of the requirements for the various Certificates granted by the Technology Entrepreneur Center is recommended
  • MSE 492; credit does not count toward degree.

Withdrawal

Students who do not complete all of the 5-year B.S.-M.Eng. degree program requirements may request, by petition to the Graduate College after obtaining approval by their advisor, the department, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in The Grainger College of Engineering, to have graduate hours earned converted to undergraduate hours and applied toward a traditional B.S. degree in MatSE.  Students reverting to the traditional B.S. degree program must satisfy all degree requirements, including completion of the required “area specialty course(s) in a different area” and the stated credit hour requirements. Graduate credit not used to fulfill the B.S. degree requirements will remain on the transcript and may, at some future point, be considered for transfer to another degree program.

Footnotes

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Students find internship companies and positions with the help of the departmental and College Placement offices. The MSE 585 internship requires approval by the departmental Director of Graduate Studies to insure that it matches the student’s individual career objectives and meets the learning goals of the program.  Students taking an internship as part of their undergraduate B.S program should also check with the Director of Graduate Studies; his/her approval is required if the student is already accepted in the combined B.S./M. Eng. Program. Students will be expected to present an oral report on their internship in either MSE 529 or MSE 559, as appropriate, the semester following completion of the internship.


Materials Science and Engineering

The five-year B.S.-M.S. program in Materials Science and Engineering combines two degrees: a B.S. in MatSE with an M.S. (with thesis) in MatSE. Current Grainger MatSE students who maintain superior academic performance are eligible to apply for this program. Students admitted to the program will receive both degrees once all requirements for the 5-Year B.S.-M.S. degree program have been successfully completed but will be permitted to participate in the Graduation Ceremonies with their class if they have completed 128 hours.  

Deadline: Completed application and reference letters must be returned to the MatSE Office, 201 MSEB, two months before the end of the Fall semester of the student's Junior year. Application and letter of reference forms for the B.S.-M.S. Program are available from the MatSE department office.

Admission to the Program

Current Grainger MatSE students with Junior standing with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50 may apply for provisional admission to the program. The 5-year program is highly competitive. Admission is based on overall academic performance, letters of reference, and statement of purpose. The GRE General Test is not required.

Students provisionally admitted to the program:

  • are assigned a graduate academic advisor when admitted.
  • must maintain an overall GPA of 3.50 through completion of the B.S. component of the program, in order to remain in the program.
  • may register for graduate courses and earn graduate hours credit, with approval from their graduate academic advisor, even if they are more than 10 hours from completing the B.S. component.
  • must earn at least 120 hours of undergraduate credit, 9 hours of graduate credit in advanced level area courses, and satisfy all B.S. requirements to be officially admitted to the Graduate College.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. component, with grades of B or better in the advanced area course work, and an overall GPA of at least 3.00 in all graduate course work, students:

  • will be officially admitted into the Graduate College
  • will be issued letters of admission from the Office of Admissions and Records and the MatSE Department, at which time they will be considered graduate students and assessed graduate tuition the following semester.
  • may apply or be considered for graduate research or teaching assistantships, and tuition waivers, as well as fellowships and scholarships available to graduate students.
  • must continue to maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 or better in order to remain in the combined program.

Students in the program are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program in MatSE near completion of the M.S. component. If admitted, the combined degree will count as Stage 1 of the Ph.D. program, as if the student is admitted with a master’s degree.

Course Requirements

B.S. component (120 hours including 3 advanced (graduate level) area courses for at least 9 hours):

  • Same required courses as the traditional B.S. degree with minimum hours reduced to 120 hours; except MSE 3951 is dropped (i.e., 1 hour)
  • Two of the required remaining four area specialty courses are to be taken at the graduate level (i.e., the students will be held to the course and grading requirements of a graduate student). The third advanced level course can be either in the specialty area or in another specialty area.
  • The reduction of 8 credit hours includes:
    • 5 hours of free electives.
    • 3 hours of the area specialty course in a different area (becomes part of M.S. program requirements) for all concentrations.
  • Senior thesis is to be taken in lieu of MSE 3952 and one area specialty course (6 hours total recommended, with 1 hour being the remaining hour of free elective).
  • An overall GPA of 3.50 must be maintained through completion of B.S. component of the program and minimum residency requirements satisfied.

M.S. component (minimum 24 additional hours of course work plus 8 hours of MSE 599):

  • Same overall requirements as for traditional M.S. with thesis.
  • At least one 400-500 level course (for the B.S. or M.S.) will be a MatSE area specialty course from a different area.
  • Complete a M.S. thesis according to MatSE department requirements; research for the senior thesis will often serve as a beginning for the M.S. thesis but the student may change thesis advisors.

Withdrawal

Students that do not complete all of the 5-year B.S.-M.S. degree program requirements may request, by petition to the Graduate College with approval of their advisor, the department, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs of the College of Engineering, to have graduate hours earned, including the three advanced area courses, converted to undergraduate hours and applied toward a traditional B.S. in MatSE degree. Students reverting back to the traditional B.S. in MatSE degree program must earn a minimum of 128 hours and satisfy all traditional degree requirements, including MSE 3952 and the area specialty course(s) in a different area, to receive the B.S. degree in MatSE. Graduate credit not used to fulfill the B.S. degree requirements will remain on the transcript and may, at some future point, be considered for transfer to another degree program.

Footnotes

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At present, students in their fourth or fifth year considering withdrawing from the M.S. portion of the program should register for MSE 395 in the Spring semester; the resulting B.S. degree would then be ABET accredited. It is anticipated that, in the near future, senior thesis will be accepted by ABET as an appropriate “design experience;” when approved, and if accepted in terms of satisfying the objectives of MSE 395 by the MSE 395 instructor, it can be used for the MSE 395 design project.


Mechanical Engineering

The department offers a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program. This program allows students who wish to earn both degrees to become involved in graduate course work and thesis research during their fourth year of study. It also offers the possibility to earn both degrees on an accelerated schedule. The educational objectives of the combined program are the same as for the individual degrees.

Course Requirements

The combined program requires 120 hours of undergraduate credit and 32 hours of graduate credit. This compares with 128 hours of undergraduate credit and 32 hours of graduate credit when the B.S. and M.S. degrees are earned separately. The undergraduate requirements are identical to the four-year B.S. program, except that the following requirements are waived:

  • one MechSE elective — 3 hours
  • one Technical elective — 3 hours
  • Free electives — 2 hours

In addition, independent study project courses may not be used as MechSE or technical electives in the B.S. portion of the combined program.

The M.S. portion of the program requires completion of 32 hours of credit. This consists of a minimum of 24 hours of formal graded course work at the 400 level or above and eight hours of thesis research credit. Additionally, the formal graded course work must include eight hours at the 500 level and eight hours in the major area of study (ME) with a minimum of four of those hours at the 500 level. A Master's thesis is required, consisting of at least four and no more than eight hours of ME 599 credit. Students must also register for the graduate seminar course (ME 590) every semester following formal admission into the graduate portion of the program and complete MSE 492.  The seminar and lab safety credits will not count toward the degree. The non-thesis option is not available to students in this combined program.

A student in the combined program must spend at least two academic years in residence, full time in the combined degree program, and at least one of these years must be with graduate status. Students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 in order to remain in the combined program.

The B.S. and M.S. degrees are granted simultaneously at the end of the program.

Admission

Formal admission to the combined program normally occurs late in the junior year or early in the senior year and is by invitation only with the following provisions:

  • Students must have a minimum Illinois GPA of 3.80 or higher, and have earned 96 credit hours toward the B.S.M.E. requirements at the time they are invited to apply (60 of these hours must have been earned at Illinois).
  • A special B.S.-M.S. application is provided to the student with the invitation. This application along with supporting documents must be submitted to the ME Graduate Programs Office, Room 164 MEB. There are two annual application deadlines: October 15 and March 15.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the program. However, students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE in their senior year in order, for example, to be eligible for national fellowship competitions.
  • Students in the combined program will be recommended by the department for admission to the Graduate College after they complete the 120 hours required for the B.S. portion of the combined program.
  • The department will pay the application fee ($60 US, $75 International) for these students.
  • Each student is required to identify a graduate advisor and provide a tentative thesis topic at the time of application to the program.

Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the program at any time by notifying the Undergraduate Programs Office. Students who do not meet the Graduate College and departmental requirements for admission to the graduate program at the time they complete the 120-hour B.S. portion of the combined program will be required to leave the program.

Students who withdraw from the program for any reason may continue in the regular four-year B.S. degree program, which currently requires 128 hours, provided they meet the normal GPA requirements of that program. Students who withdraw from the combined program after they have taken courses for graduate credit may petition to have those credits counted toward their undergraduate program requirements.

Continued Graduate Study

Students who complete the combined program may petition to continue in graduate school for a Ph.D. These students will hold the same status (post M.S.) as students entering the Ph.D. program with an M.S. degree, and will be required to take the department's qualifying examination no later than the second calendar semester after graduation from the combined program.


Please contact The Grainger College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office at engineering@illinois.edu if you have questions.


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