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Arcadia University offers a combined five-year (3+2) Engineering Program in affiliation with University of Pittsburgh and Washington University in Saint Louis. Students are also encouraged to apply to Columbia University, although students will not receive guaranteed admission, they are still eligible to apply.
These programs blend a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with an intensive engineering curriculum. As a student in the combined program, you will be prepared for a career in industry, or for graduate work in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences. At the conclusion of the program, you may take the licensure examination for professional engineers.
You would spend either three or four years at Arcadia University taking basic courses in mathematics and the physical sciences (see Options tab for more information). Upon recommendation of your program adviser, you would then apply to eitherUniversity of Pittsburgh or Washington University to complete two years of engineering study.
Once you have completed all degree requirements and have earned a sufficient number of credits, you are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Arcadia University at the appropriate commencement ceremony. After successful completion of the program you will receive their Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Applied Science from the college of engineering of the university.
Under the combined plan, you may elect to pursue any one of the following programs:
At Columbia University
Earth and Environmental Engineering
Engineering Management Systems
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Materials Science and Engineering
At University of Pittsburgh
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Engineering Science - Nanotechnology
Materials Science & Engineering
At Washington University
Systems Science and Engineering
Requirements for the Combined Program in Engineering
Take Three or Four Years to Earn Your Arcadia Credits
Spending three years at Arcadia and two years at a college of engineering offers the fastest path to engineering qualification, especially since entering your engineering program after just three years at Arcadia will exempt you from some of the Undergraduate Curriculum requirements.
However, some students prefer to spend a fourth year at Arcadia in order to fulfill major requirements at a more leisurely pace. Depending on entering credentials and on the major chosen, this option would allow you to avoid overloads or summer study. Because this path entails additional Undergraduate Curriculum requirements, you should consult with your engineering adviser to construct an academic plan with distributes both major and Undergraduate Curriculum requirements over the four years.
Earn A Master's Degree with an Additional Year of Study
It is generally possible, by spending three years at the chosen college of engineering, for you to earn a Master’s Degree in Engineering. You could potentially earn three degrees in six years: a bachelor’s degree from Arcadia, as well as both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the engineering college you select. Contact your adviser for more information.