Combined U2G Degrees

The U2G (Undergraduate to Graduate) Master of Science combined degree program is available for qualified Engineering undergraduate students.  This allows students to complete a Master of Science degree in two semesters after completion of the Bachelor of Science degree.  A student in the combined program receives a B.S. degree when all requirements for that degree have been completed, and then becomes a regular M.S. level graduate student in the department. 

Interested students should discuss the U2G 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. 

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 ISE 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 2 separate processes.  Once accepted into the combined U2G program by the ISE department, the student will then need to complete the usual application process for graduate school, except that the GRE test and admission costs are waived.

Program Benefits

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

1. Take up to 12 semester hours (s.h.) of graduate level coursework before completing the BS degree

  • IE Students: courses numbered 3000 or higher

2. Apply four courses (12 s.h.) towards both the BS and MS degree (courses numbered 3000 or higher)

3. Attend the IE graduate seminar instead of the undergraduate professional seminar

4. 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.

  • Attach/include letter to ISE Department Chairperson that identifies intended area of specialization for graduate studies along with name of graduate studies advisor.
  • Attach/include completed course credit form (except for signatures)

Once the U2G Program application has been approved by the ISE 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 2 separate processes.