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Engineering Accelerated Graduate (EAGr) Program

Beginning in 2020, qualified undergraduates in the Swanson School of Engineering can enroll in the new Engineering Accelerated Graduate (EAGr) Program. EAGr enables students to earn complementary bachelor’s and master’s degree in their discipline within five years. Successful students will save time and money and potentially be more competitive in the job market upon graduation.1,2

Who is eligible?

  • First-year students with an SAT score of 1510 or 34 ACT Composite score, are in the top 5 percent of their graduating class or have an equivalent grade point average (GPA) are offered provisional admission, pending a 3.50 GPA by their junior year at Pitt.
  • Undergraduates who maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) through the junior/third year (7 terms).

How does EAGr work?

  • Eligible students first meet with both the undergraduate and graduate program coordinators during junior/third year to determine whether completing EAGr is feasible.
  • Following this meeting, students formally apply to the graduate program.
  • Applicants must provide resume/CV, essay and two references from the respective undergraduate department.
  • No GRE or application fee is required.
  • Undergraduates take three graduate-level courses during the last two terms.
  • Two of the graduate-level courses will meet undergraduate degree requirements within the respective major.
  • Students only pay undergraduate tuition during the fourth year, and then pay graduate tuition during the fifth year.

Interdisciplinary Degrees

EAGr is designed to benefit students who earn a BS and MS in the same field. While in certain cases students would be able to combine an undergraduate engineering degree in one area with a MS engineering degree in another area (e.g., BS in Mechanical and MS in Industrial), such cases would be considered only with the approval of both the undergraduate coordinator and the graduate coordinator, and course requirements will be clarified in the admissions letter.


Financial Aid

Any merit-based scholarship, need-based financial aid, or federal and state grants and loans would be directly related to the student’s career level (as an undergraduate or graduate student). While the student is an undergraduate, his/her undergraduate types of financial aid would be applicable. However, after the student receives his/her undergraduate degree, the student would then be eligible for financial aid as a graduate student and no undergraduate financial aid resources would be available, including undergraduate scholarships that were renewable for up to eight terms. 

1Carnovale, Anthony P., Cheah, Ban, and Hanson, Andrew R. “The Economic Value of College Majors,” Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2015, p. 36.
2Farnen, Karen. "What Are Some Ways to Increase a Salary in Engineering?" Work - Chron.com.



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