Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Study

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Engineering Science and Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering Science and Mechanics

Engineering science students, because of the flexibility of the curriculum, have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) program. Application for IUG status may be made in the fifth or sixth semester.

IUG status permits students to take on the rigors and research challenges of graduate study at Penn State, coordinating and combining them with their baccalaureate studies and senior thesis. Since up to 12 credits earned as an undergraduate may be applied to both degree programs, and the M.S. thesis is an expansion of the B.S. thesis, the time required for completion of integrated undergraduate/graduate studies is normally less than for the separate degree programs. Actual time required is determined by the individual student’s objectives, needs, and diligence. In no case, however, should the acceleration of work in the major be at the expense of the richest possible undergraduate and graduate experience; there must be a balance between the accelerated specialization and a sound general education.

There are several advantages of the IUG program:

  • It permits coherent planning of studies through the graduate degree, with advising informed by not only the requirements of the baccalaureate program, but also the longer-range goals of the graduate degree.
  • For most students, the total time required to reach completion of the higher degree will be shortened. In particular, IUG students may count up to 12 credits towards both their B.S. and M.S. degree requirements.
  • The student will have earlier contact with the rigors of graduate study with graduate faculty; the resources of the Graduate School are accessible to IUG students.
  • While still undergraduates, students with IUG status benefit from their association with graduate students whose level of work and whose intensity of interest and commitment parallel their own.

IUG arrangements have been designed for the truly extraordinary students—those who have exceptional academic records, whose progress in the major is so advanced that they would be taking graduate courses in later semesters even without IUG status, whose general education progress and plans indicate a readiness to forge ahead with specialization, and who are ready and eager for that particular challenge of graduate work and advancing their knowledge.

Engineering science students who believe they are among such scholars are encouraged to apply for Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate status.

For more information on the IUG program, including how to apply, please refer to the Graduate Programs Guide or contact Tammy Coval, graduate programs assistant, at or 814-863-4586. More information on the IUG program may also be found on The Graduate School's website.



The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523