Fact sheet: Combined BS/MEng program for ECE ILLINOIS students

ECE ILLINOIS students may combine the program’s bachelor’s degrees with the professional master of engineering degree in order to earn both degrees while on campus. They should apply within the program’s regular deadlines.

Current ECE ILLINOIS students with at least 90 hours of credit obtained while enrolled in the ECE program and with overall Illinois and ECE GPA’s of at least 3.40 will be admitted to the combined BS/MEng program upon submission of a complete application. Letters of recommendation and GRE test scores are waived.

Current ECE ILLINOIS students who do not meet the requirements stated above will be considered for admission to the combined BS/MEng program. Admission decisions are based on overall academic performance, letters of reference, and statement of purpose. The GRE general test is not required.

Students may apply for admission to the combined BS/MEng program through the Graduate College application portal. Students should select program "MENG: BS/MENG ECE -UIUC" to indicate that they wish to be considered for admission to the combined BS/MEng program.

Students admitted to the program:

  • are advised by personnel in both the ECE ILLINOIS Undergraduate and Graduate Advising offices.
  • must earn at least 120 hours* of undergraduate credit and satisfy all BS requirements of this 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.
  • are ineligible to hold research or teaching assistantships in any unit.

Withdrawal Policy: Students may withdraw from the joint BS/MEng program at any time by notifying the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and the Graduate Advising Office.

Students who do not complete all BS/MEng degree program requirements may request to have graduate hours earned converted to undergraduate hours and applied toward a traditional BS in Electrical Engineering or BS in Computer Engineering degree using the Change of Course Level Form. Students reverting to a traditional BS degree program must complete 128 hours and satisfy all degree requirements. Graduate credit not used to fulfill the BS degree requirements will remain on the transcript and may, at some future point, be considered for transfer to another degree program.

*The 120-hour BS degree from the BS/MEng program is not ABET accredited, but would be if the student withdrew from the MEng component and completed the requirements of the traditional 128-hour BS program.