U2G Program


A Bachelor of Science/Master of Science combined degree program is available for qualified Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students.  This allows students to complete a Master of Science degree in two or three semesters after completion of the Bachelor of Science degree.  A student in the combined program receives a BSE degree when all requirements for that degree have been completed, and then becomes a regular MS level graduate student in the department. 

Interested students should discuss the combined U2G Degree Program with their advisor during their 3rd year. Applications should be submitted during the second semester of their 3rd year, before the start of their 4th year. 

Beginning Fall 2017 U2G program students are assessed undergraduate tuition and fees during their 4th year and are not eligible for graduate assistantships. During their 5th year students, will be assessed graduate tuition and fees and are eligible for graduate assistantships.  Financial support is generally arranged by the faculty advisor.

Beginning Fall 2018 The requirement to provide GRE scores as part of the graduate application process will be waived for all UI U2G applicants to our program.

Accepted students are expected to have a minimum UI cumulative GPA of 3.25, and maintain this throughout the program.  Undergraduate students whose UI cumulative GPA falls below this minimum will be removed from the U2G program.

Students may contact any faculty member in the ME department to inquire about participation in the U2G program, research opportunities, and financial support.

Please note that applying to the U2G program and applying to the Graduate College are two separate processes.  Once accepted into the combined U2G program by the ME department, then the student will need to complete the usual application process for graduate school.

Program Benefits

Students are admitted prior to the start of their 4th year and are allowed to:

1. Apply up to 12 semester hours (s.h.) of graduate level coursework for MS degree before completing the BSE degree

  • ME courses eligible for graduate credit are numbered 4100 or higher
  • Exception: ME:4186 is NOT eligible for graduate credit

2. Apply two courses (6 s.h.) towards both the BSE and MS degree

  • Courses that count towards both the BSE and MS must be taken as part of an Elective Focus Area (EFA) in an area related to the graduate degree objective

3. Begin work on MS thesis research with a faculty advisor during the 4th year of undergraduate studies.  *Please note that graduate research credits cannot be taken by undergraduate students. 

**Please note that credit may only be applied to courses taken once admitted into the U2G program.  Credit may not be applied to courses taken prior to program admission.**

Program Admission requirements:

Completion of 80 semester hours
UI Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher

Application Requirements:

Complete online application form for the U2G Program by clicking the link here.

Once the U2G Program application has been approved by the ME Department, then the student will need to apply to Graduate College.  

***Please note that applying to the U2G program and applying to the Graduate College are two separate processes.***