U2G Program

The U2G program provides a unique opportunity for motivated students to accelerate your studies in Industrial Engineering. Students accepted to the program earn a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering in a combined five year program. 

Students may complete a thesis-track program, assisting ISE faculty with groundbreaking research, or a non-thesis track, consisting of graduate-level courses to jumpstart your career options in industry.

Learn more about the benefits of U2G from recent graduate Keegan Ferree


As a fast track to getting a graduate degree, U2G gives students the opportunity to:

  • Accelerate their career
  • Compete for higher salaries
  • Gain flexibility
  • Gain agency
  • Achieve their personal goals

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

  • Take up to 12 semester hours (s.h.) of graduate level coursework before completing the BS degree
  • Apply 4 courses (12 s.h.) towards both the BS and MS degree (courses numbered 3000 or higher)
  • Enroll in ISE:5000 Industrial Engineering Graduate Seminar 
  • Students pursuing the thesis track may begin work on MS research with a faculty advisor during the 4th year of undergraduate studies.

**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. Please note that graduate research credits cannot be taken by undergraduate students.**

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of 80 semester hours
  • UI Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Students must maintain this minimum GPA throughout the program. Students whose UI cumulative GPA falls below this minimum will be removed from the U2G program.

Application Requirements

Interested students are encouraged to contact any faculty member in the ISE department to inquire about participation in the U2G program, including research opportunities and financial support.

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.

Interested students may complete the online application form: U2G Application Form

  • Applications are reviewed by the ISE Graduate Admissions Committee. Students will be notified of the admissions decision via email. 
  • If accepted, the student must also apply to the University of Iowa Graduate College. The department will provide instructions and an application fee waiver. 
    • Please do not apply directly to the Graduate College without seeking instruction from the department first.