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 be more competitive in the job market upon graduation.1,2 The Swanson School is also working alongside select companies interested in offering employment opportunities and tuition reimbursement packages to EAGr students, via the EAGr+ program. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information about this unique opportunity.
Note: *All EAGr applicants will be automatically considered for the Pitt2Pitt scholarship if applying for Spring 2021 through Spring 2022*
Who is eligible?
- Undergraduates who maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) through their junior/third year (7 terms).
- Transfer students who have entered from their institution with a 3.50 cumulative GPA and have maintained that at Pitt.
- NOTE: 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.
- Two to three terms before completing their BS degree, eligible students receive a letter from the dean indicating their invitation.
- Send an email to the undergraduate coordinator & graduate coordinator of your desired department to arrange a meeting to discuss the EAGr program. The list of coordinators is at the bottom of this page. Make sure you attach the letter from the dean with your email.
- This meeting is especially beneficial for students who are unsure how to fit all the courses and schedule properly also considering individual objectives. Your coordinator will assist in this process and ensure a strong plan of action.
- Prior to your meeting with the coordinators - create your initial plan of study
- Use this template to create your plan
- Determine important dates:
- Desired BS graduation term/year
- Expected MS start term/year
- Application due date for the desired graduate engineering program (see here).
- Create initial program plan
- BS final 2 terms
- Include the classes needed to obtain a BS degree in your current engineering program. Of these courses, select 3 graduate classes. Recognize that 2 of these classes will count for both undergraduate requirements (i.e. 2 of these graduate classes will count as technical electives in the undergraduate program) and all 3 classes will count towards the MS program.
- Please note: if you cannot fit 3 graduate level classes into your senior schedule, you may still be able to participate in EAGr. If this is the case, you should reach out to your coordinators about creating a custom schedule plan.
- Select 7 additional graduate classes that you plan to take as a graduate student in your desired MS engineering program. Go to the department website to determine coursework and when particular classes are offered (i.e. fall or spring term).
- Email completed template to both coordinators for their review prior to meeting with them.
- At the meeting with each coordinator, students review the initial program plan and revise where necessary. Coordinators sign off on the approved plan of study, which is submitted to administration and added to the student's record.
- Submit a graduate school application to the engineering program of interest. This ensures that the student is identified the PeopleSoft system as an EAGr student.
- Please see here for application information
- In completing the application, please note*:
- No GRE is required
- Letter of eligibility to participate in EAGr as an "optional document"
- Most EAGr applicants do NOT need to submit recommendation letters.
- If you are an interdisciplinary student (ie. ChemE undergrad to Sustainable grad), please submit 1 reference from your undergraduate program.
- If you request a letter of reference from your undergraduate program's faculty, that faculty member should email the letter directly to your desired program's graduate coordinator (see list below). You should not upload the reference letter yourself.
- If you are unsure whether you need to submit references, please contact Stephanie Opalinski at email@example.com
- There is no application fee for EAGr students but they must apply here using this link.
*As a result of COVID-19 we are allowing some flexibility with application requirements. Please continue to check this page for updates as they become available.
It is feasible 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), though EAGr was primarily designed to benefit students who earn a BS and MS in the same field - it is still very possible to complete an interdisciplinary program. If you are interested in this, please approach your undergraduate coordinator in your current discipline and the graduate coordinator (listed below) in the program you are interested in pursuing for your MS.
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.
EAGr+: Eager to earn your MS AND start your career journey?
We are excited to introduce the EAGr+ program here at Swanson! Through this program, companies work alongside Swanson to offer EAGr students part-time employment as well as tuition reimbursement during the MS year. Once graduated from their MS program, EAGr+ students then have the opportunity to earn full-time positions. Interested job applicants should reach out to their company of interest about open positions. Tuition reimbursements and employment is at the company's discretion. See below for more information about the companies working with Swanson for this special opportunity:
CHECK BACK SOON FOR ADDITIONAL EAGr+ OPPORTUNITIES
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.