Special Programs

Dual Degree Programs

There are dual degree programs between MSE and several other engineering departments. These require at least 142 credit hours, and must satisfy the degree requirements of both programs. By accepting certain courses in one department in lieu of certain courses in the other department, it has been possible to create programs between MSE and

  1. Aerospace Engineering
  2. Chemical Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering
  4. Mechanical Engineering
  5. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  6. Bioengineering

Dual degree programs can be arranged with other departments if the need arises. Course selections must be approved by the undergraduate advisors in both departments.


Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program

The Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program (EGL) combines the traditional engineering undergraduate curriculum with a core of courses in the School of Business Administration, and a cultural core leading to both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Masters degree in five years (typically). Employers say that the two gaps most affecting competitiveness are the inabilities of most professionals to communicate across the engineering and business boundary and to operate comfortably in another culture. This Honors program is designed to educate students who will be capable of bridging both of these gaps. The business core teaches engineers the rudiments of marketing, accounting, and finance, and the cultural core teaches the language, history and customs of a student-selected region of the world of competitive importance to the US. Career placement, and salaries tell us that students with this training are in high demand. The EGL honors program is extremely rigorous.

For more information, contact the EGL Program Office.
245 Chrysler Center
2121 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092


LS&A Minors

From the CoE Bulletin:
Beginning in 2001, students in the College of Engineering have been given the option of electing one or more academic minors offered by departments within the College of Literature, Science and Arts. Minors are intended to recognize the completion of a coherent sequence of courses in a particular academic area and can serve as a guide to you in a more careful selection of your non-engineering courses. They also serve as recognition, via a transcript notation, of the completion of a more in-depth course sequence.
In practice, a student meets with the LS&A advisor in the minor discipline and together they map out the minor courses. The certification that the appropriate courses have been completed will be communicated from the LS&A department offering the minor to a student's undergraduate program advisor in CoE, as well as the Engineering Student Services Office. The student will be responsible for making sure this paperwork arrives at the appropriate offices.
Below is a list of approved minors covering a diverse range of academic interests. This is followed by a statement of policies and procedures that should help a student through the process. We suggest that each student meet with an engineering program advisor to discuss this new interdisciplinary option.


Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

From the CoE Bulletin:

The UROP program enables students to work one-on-one or as part of a small group of students with faculty members conducting research. Students will choose research projects by looking through a catalog of faculty research projects, and will then interview for the positions with the faculty researcher. Students spend on an average nine to 10 hours per week working on their research projects. Students can participate in the program for academic credit through ENGR 280 or MSE 280(for MSE faculty advisors). Students receive one credit per three hours of work per week. Most students register for three credits, which is a nine-hour commitment per week. Students participating in the program are also required to attend a biweekly research peer group meeting, meet monthly with a peer advisor, read research-related articles (e.g., research ethics, research in specific disciplines, research methods) and keep a research journal.
All first- and second-year Engineering students are eligible to apply to UROP. Applications for first-year students will be sent out in May and accepted throughout the summer. Students are encouraged, however, to apply early. The deadline for sophomore applications is March 1. Applications can be picked up from the UROP office. Also, applications are mailed to students in February prior to the sophomore year. Selection is done on a rolling basis and determined by a student's level of interest in research, academic background, area of research interest, and availability of positions.


Cooperative Education

From the CoE Bulletin:
The Cooperative Education Program assists students in pursuing an optional program of work and study within the College of Engineering. Corporations, government agencies, and industry interview students who are interested in having a work-related learning experience that enhances their academic studies. Cooperative Education positions offer work experience relevant to the student's degree interests and enhance the student's opportunities for future permanent hire. Students may tailor their work assignments for consecutive terms, for example May to December or January to August. They may also stagger them and alternate work school semesters. Opportunities to co-op are available in manufacturing, design, production, software and hardware development, communications, and other technological fields.

How the program works
Employers provide the Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) with job descriptions and requirements for interviewing. The recruiter prescreens and ECRC coordinates the scheduling for interviews that are held either on campus or at the employer's location. On-campus interviews are held September through November and mid-January to March. The ECRC prescreens qualified applicants and matches them with the employer's needs. Final selection of a student for a co-op work assignment is a mutual agreement entered into by the employer and the student, and the student becomes an employee of that company.
Note: The Engineering Career Resource Center does not guarantee placement for every applicant; however, every effort is made to place students in appropriate positions.

Work assignment
While on work-term assignment, students are subject to the rules and regulations of the employer. The employer will evaluate the student's performance at the end of the work term and forward the evaluation to the Engineering Career Resource Center. Students are also required to complete and return an evaluation report of their learning experience to ECRC.

How to sign up
Opportunities to interview will be available to students registered in the Engineering Career Resource Center's HireME system. To learn more about the Cooperative Education Program and how to register for HireME, please contact:
Engineering Career Resource Center
230 Chrysler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2192
(734) 647-7140


International Programs

From the CoE Bulletin:

The International Programs in Engineering (IPE) office sponsors full-year, semester and summer study abroad programs. CoE students may choose from programs taught in English or foreign languages, depending on their skill levels and prior experience. IPE staff members advise students about program options and provide assistance with applications and course approvals. Undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to participate in College of Engineering study abroad programs. Graduate students may apply for select programs with the approval of IPE and their respective CoE Academic Advisor. Additional requirements may apply; please see the IPE website for program-specific admission guidelines.
Most forms of student financial aid can be applied to College of Engineering study abroad programs. IPE offers walk-in advising Monday-Friday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm during Fall & Winter terms, no appointment needed.
International Programs in Engineering
245 Chrysler Center
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2092
Phone: (734) 647-7192


Simultaneous Graduate/Undergraduate Study (SGUS)

The master's degree is becoming the technical level for many starting engineers. Materials Science and Engineering offers two SGUS programs. One leads to a BSE in Materials Science and Engineering and an MSE in Materials Science and Engineering. The other leads to a BSE in Materials Science and Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Engineering. Students apply to the programs early in the second term of their junior year. Recommendation from the undergraduate program advisor is required as well as the standard application procedure for admission to graduate study. The programs require 149 credit hours.


Simultaneous Graduate/Undergraduate Study for B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering

Admission requires a 3.2 undergraduate GPA for enrollment. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be double counted. ONLY Technical Elective and/or Free Electives may be double counted. None of the 47 required Materials Science and Engineering credits may be used for the graduate degree. If interested, contact Renee Hilgendorf, 2168 H.H. Dow Building, (734) 763-9790 or reneeh@umich.edu.


Simultaneous Graduate/Undergraduate Study for B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering and M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering

Admission requires a 3.2 undergraduate GPA for enrollment. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be double counted. ONLY Technical Elective and/or Free Electives may be double counted. None of the 47 required Materials Science and Engineering credits may be used for the graduate degree. If interested, contact Susan Bitzer, 3304 G.G. Brown Building, (734) 764-9588 or sbitzer@umich.edu.


College of Engineering Honors Program

From the CoE Bulletin:
The College of Engineering Honors Program identifies highly talented students who demonstrate extraordinary academic ability, intellectual curiosity and clear potential to make a difference as a leader in their field. Honors Program students pursue challenging coursework and enrich their academics through significant engagement beyond the classroom. The program is intended to inspire and enable highly motivated students to reach beyond the traditional curriculum in both breadth and depth.
Students must choose a capstone experience area, such as research, entrepreneurship, design, global business/operations or public service, and are required to develop academic breadth and leadership experience.
CoE Honors offers walk-in advising Monday-Friday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm during Fall & Winter terms, no appointment needed.
College of Engineering Honors Program
251 Chrysler Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092
Phone: (734) 763-0505
Website: honors.engin.umich.edu