BS + MS Program

Cooperative agreements with overseas universities facilitate student exchange and collaborations in research and education. Among them, the B.S.+M.S. program allows international students to spend their senior year at Illinois, obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from their home institution, and continue their education to earn a Master of Science degree from CEE at Illinois.

Cooperating Universities

The following universities have cooperative agreements with CEE at Illinois:

About the program

This program allows the student to spend his or her senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the partner university, and then earn a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois in one year. Students will typically spend three years at their home university and two years at Illinois to complete B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years. 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science in Civil Engineering. Advanced degrees are also available in a variety of specialized areas, including Structural, Geotechnical, Environmental, Water Resources, Materials, Transportation and Construction Management. Students can also develop cross-disciplinary programs in consultation with their advisers. 

The Civil and Environmental Engineering program allows students to take the non-thesis option and earn an M.S. degree in one year at Illinois. The non-thesis option (only coursework) requires 36 hours of course credit. Each full advanced level course is equivalent to 4 hours of course credit, therefore students who complete 9 full courses will achieve 36 hours of course credit.

Advantages of the Program

  • Earn degrees from two prestigious universities
  • Learn from and interact with world-class faculty
  • Use state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities
  • Select from a comprehensive list of courses
  • Explore specialty areas within Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Collaborate with top students around the world  
  • Prepare for a successful career with an integrated B.S.+.M.S. program 

Who is eligible?

Students who aspire to study and work with the top U.S. students in their senior years and continue to earn a master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering are eligible to apply. English reading, writing, and communication skills are essential, and all students must meet English Proficiency requirements (TOEFL or IELTS test scores). More details on the requirements are provided in the Application Criteria

How to apply?

Interested students should email their home university contact for application instructions to be selected.  Selected students must then apply online by February 15 using the standard procedures through the Illinois online system

  • Follow the instructions for an international applicant
  • Choose the program:  Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Degree: Civil Engineering-MS                                  
  • Field of Specialization: BS+MS
  • Secondary Specialization (optional): Select area of specialization for MS degree
  • Start the online application*
  • Contact Hannah Christensen with questions

Funding

Students in the B.S. + M.S. program are not eligible for CEE funding and financial aid (fellowships and assistantships).  

*There is no need to submit proof of funding documents during online application.  If you are approved for admission, we will request that you send those documents.

Contact

For more information on the B.S.+M.S. program, contact:

Hannah Christensen
Coordinator of International Programs
hannahjc@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 265-8039

Professor Erol Tutumluer
Director of International Programs
tutumlue@illinois.edu
Phone:  (217) 333-8637

FAQ

What is the tuition cost for the BS+MS program?

At Illinois, BS+MS Students will be responsible to pay full, non-resident tuition and fees, as assessed to all other international enrollees.  Use the Illinois Cost Calculator to estimate the cost of tuition.  Select “International” for residency and “Graduate student” level and the term you are applying to be admitted.