Joint-Degree Program

Combined BS/MENG Program

Illinois students from participating departments may combine bachelor’s degrees with the MEng in Energy Systems degree in order to earn both degrees while on campus. They should apply within the program’s regular deadlines.

Participating departments are Aerospace EngineeringAgricultural & BioengineeringIndustrial & Enterprise Systems EngineeringMaterial Science & EngineeringPhysics, and Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering. Students must have at least one year left of their undergraduate program to be eligible to apply, and should apply in their junior year.

Students may apply for admission to the combined BS/MEng program through the Graduate College application portal.

Students admitted to the program:

  • are advised by personnel in both their undergraduate department and the Energy Systems program.
  • must earn at least 124 hours of undergraduate credit and satisfy all BS requirements of their program for the BS to be conferred concurrently with the MEng.
  • will be formally admitted to the graduate program and will register as graduate students once they are within 12 hours of completing the BS component of the combined degree program. At this time, they will be considered graduate students and assessed graduate tuition and fees, even as they complete their undergraduate coursework.
  • must earn 32 total graduate hours of MEng coursework, but may take that coursework even as they finish their undergraduate coursework.
  • must satisfy the graduate student minimum residence requirement, which means that BS/MEng students must complete at least 24 graduate credit hours total while registered as a graduate student.
  • must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 or better in order to remain in the combined program.

Withdrawal Policy: Students may withdraw from the joint BS/MEng program at any time by notifying the Energy Systems Program Coordinator.

Graduation Convocation/Commencement Policy

Starting Fall 2018, students in a 5-year BS/MS or MENG program will only be able to walk in a convocation/commencement ceremony once both programs are completed and will walk as a master’s graduate.  A joint degree program is a campus approved program in which a student concurrently pursues two specifically identified degrees and those degrees are conferred simultaneously. For graduate students, this is a combination of a graduate degree with one of the following: another graduate degree, an undergraduate degree or a professional degree.

Confirming Bachelor’s Requirements are Met

Students in a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree must meet with the Engineering Undergraduate Program’s Degree Conferral person in the Engineering Undergraduate Program Office, room 206 Engineering Hall, to ensure all requirements have been met for the bachelor’s degree.  The degree audit must be completed at the time students move into the master’s degree.  

In addition, students must submit any required paperwork to confer either their bachelor’s degree or master’s degree no later than November 1 for a December conferral or April 1 for a May conferral.  If paperwork is not submitted by this deadline, the college cannot guarantee that your degree will be conferred for that degree conferral period. 

Adding Name to Degree Conferral List

Students in a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program must add their name to both the bachelor’s degree conferral list and the master’s degree conferral list in order to graduate.  Students must add their name by the designated deadlines for each degree.  If either deadlines is missed, this may require the student to wait until the next degrees conferral period.

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