Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Program

The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering offers integrated B.S./M.S. programs that are designed to allow academically superior and research-focused undergraduate students in any of our five B.S. degree programs—Energy Business and Finance (EBF); Energy Engineering (ENENG); Environmental Systems Engineering (ENVSE); Mining Engineering (MNG E); and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNG E)—also to obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) within five years of study. Students interested in the five-year Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) program must apply for admission to The Graduate School and be admitted into the EME IUG program by the end of their junior year.

In the first three years IUG students will follow the course scheduling of the undergraduate major in the department (see Undergraduate Degree Program Bulletin). Students interested in the IUG program will, however, be encouraged to take upper-level classes, whenever appropriate. An admitted student will begin the senior year working towards the B.S./M.S. with an M.S. Advising Committee. The student will follow the course scheduling of the B.S. major while also taking 500-level courses, whenever appropriate, to satisfy the M.S. requirements. The student will also start work on a thesis designed to meet the requirements of the M.S. thesis. In the fifth year the student will continue to work towards satisfying all degree requirements for the B.S. and M.S. degrees including the M.S. thesis. Undergraduate tuition rates will apply as long as the student is an undergraduate, unless the student receives financial support, for example, an assistantship requiring the payment of graduate tuition.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate students from the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering with sixth semester standing and minimum grade-point average of 3.5 who wish to complete the Integrated B.S./M.S. program may apply to the Graduate School and the EME IUG program before the end of their junior year. Three faculty letters of recommendation are required. A statement of purpose and a plan of study covering the five year period, prepared in consultation with an adviser, and approved by the program officers of the B.S. major and the EME graduate program must accompany the application. The plan should be presented in person to the undergraduate and graduate program officers prior to being admitted into the program. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores may be submitted by IUG applicants but are not required. The application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the EME Graduate program and acted upon by the EME Graduate Program Officer.

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements will be in accordance with the approved requirements of the respective undergraduate degree program (i.e. energy business and finance, energy engineering, environmental systems engineering, mining engineering or petroleum and natural gas engineering) and the energy and mineral engineering graduate program. However, 12 of the 500-level credits required for the master’s degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The undergraduate degree program officer will determine the specific undergraduate required courses for which the 500-level courses may be used to substitute to meet institutional and accreditation requirements.

Once admitted into the IUG program, students are bound by the same guidelines, credit requirements, and program procedures as all other students in the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program.

For more information about the EME Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Program, please see the EME Graduate Program Guide.