Dual Degrees

Grainger College of Engineering students who wish to pursue a dual degree either within or outside of engineering should ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements to apply and pursue a dual degree. Campus requirements, including the 30 additional hours required for the dual degree, can be found in the Student Code. Details specific for Grainger College of Engineering students can be found below.

  • Students pursuing a dual degree within the Grainger College of Engineering must:

    • Be enrolled in the Grainger College of Engineering for a minimum of two semesters.
    • Take at least 30 additional hours above those required for the degree with the highest number of total hours.
    • Earn 12 hours of distinct, advanced level coursework.
    • To be eligible for a Dual Degree, students should be eligible for an ICT or IDT into Engineering.

Students who wish to Dual Degree with both degrees in engineering must apply to IDT to the most in-demand degree as their first choice. No dual degree application to an in-demand major will be considered at a later time.

  • To Apply:
    • Current Grainger Engineering students who joined University of Illinois as a Freshman in Summer 2017 or later and are planning for TWO Engineering degrees
    • Current Grainger Engineering students who joined University of Illinois as a Freshman in Summer 2017 or later and are planning a dual degree in another college
      • Students should check the other colleges processes and timelines.
    • Students who started at the University of Illinois in Pre-Engineering (DGS) as a first-year student in summer 2017 or later
      • Must apply in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th semester of enrollment.
      • Students should apply to the Grainger College of Engineering using the ICT application process first and then apply later for a dual degree.
    • Students who started at the University of Illinois in DGS General as a freshman in summer 2017 or later 
      • Must apply in 2nd semester of enrollment.
      • Apply to Pre-Engineering (DGS) using the PREP Portfolio. Then apply to the Grainger College of Engineering using the ICT application process first and then apply later for a dual degree.
    • Students who started at the University of Illinois in another college (non DGS general or non Engineering) as a first-year student in summer 2017 or later 
      • Must apply in 2nd semester of enrollment.
      • Notify your current college of your intentions.
      • Meet with advisors of your current major and desired dual engineering degree to plan courses and obtain signatures on the Engineering Dual Degree Form.
      • Complete the ENGR Portfolio to apply for the Dual Degree. Students will need the Engineering Dual Degree Form completed with all signatures, as well as a resume to apply.
        • In the ENGR Portfolio, select "College of Engineering" and that entered "Prior to Summer 2017"
        • If approved, students will be placed into PREP and be required to apply again next semester via ENGR Portfolio.
        • If the second application from PREP to Engineering is denied, students will be expected to go back to their primary college or make alternate plans.
    • Students who started at the University of Illinois prior to Summer 2017 must email engineering@illinois.edu to check for eligibility and process.
  • Applications will be reviewed with the same criteria as for an ICT or IDT. Given the high demand for Engineering degrees, the priority might be given to first degree (ICT/IDT) applications for degrees in high demand.
  • If a Grainger Engineering student had to change colleges for their secondary major, they do not reapply for an ICT to come back to Engineering but should fill out the Transfer Petition and speak with a College academic advisor.
  • Students who are no longer interested in pursuing the dual degree once their application has been approved and they have accepted must fill out the Rescind Dual Degree form and email it to engineering@illinois.edu by the 10th day of classes.

Students who want to apply for the ILEE dual degree must:

  • Apply in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th semester  at the University (if started as Grainger Engineering first-year student) or apply in their 2nd semester as a Grainger Engineering student (if transferred into Grainger Engineering);
  • Have taken at least 1 required ILEE TE course if they are in their 3rd or 4th semester. If students are in their 2nd semester, they must be enrolled in 1 required ILEE TE course;
  • Have a 2.25 minimum cumulative & specialized GPA. Specialized GPA can be determined by starting the ENGR Portfolio, as that is one of the first things calculated.
  • Worked out a plan in collaboration with advisors to obtain both primary engineering degree and ILEE degree in a timely fashion by completing the Engineering Dual Degree Form. Email the ILEE advisor to make an appointment.
  • Complete the ENGR Portfolio to apply for the ILEE Dual Degree. Students will need the Engineering Dual Degree Form completed with all signatures, as well as a resume to apply.