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Combined 3-2 Engineering Program

Earn a BA at Willamette and a BS in engineering at one of our affiliated engineering schools.

Our unique partnerships with University of Southern California, Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis will allow you to combine the best of a liberal arts education with focused coursework in engineering.

After three years of undergraduate studies at Willamette, you can transfer to one of our three partner schools and choose from a wide range of options, including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to design solutions to complex problems and make a lasting contribution in an increasingly connected world.

3–2 Engineering Program

with Columbia, USC, or Washington University

Spend 3 years at Willamette and 2 years at one of the three Affiliated Engineering Schools (AES). At the end of the 5 years, receive both a BA from Willamette and a BS from the AES. Students are eligible for federal financial aid throughout the full five years. Guaranteed admission with Columbia if all of their requirements are fulfilled.

A BS is considered a professional degree and is required for jobs in engineering fields that require ABET certification, for example, Civil Engineering.

Note: Students entering Willamette in the fall of 2019 or later will no longer be guaranteed admission to Columbia.

4–2 Undergraduate Program

with Columbia or Washington University

Spend 4 years at Willamette and two years at Columbia or Washington University. At the end of 6 years, receive both a BA from Willamette and a BS from the AES.

Having a bachelor degree makes you ineligible for Federal Financial Aid. Thus, while it is possible to receive your Willamette BA after the 4 years, it is recommended that you delay receiving your BA until after you finish your BS.

A BS is considered a professional degree and is required for jobs in engineering fields that require ABET certification, for example, Civil Engineering.

4–2 Graduate Program

with Columbia

The 4-2 Master of Science Program provides the opportunity for students holding a BA from Willamette in mathematics, physics, chemistry, or certain other physical sciences to receive an MS degree after two years of study at Columbia in the following fields of engineering and applied science: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science, Earth and environmental, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering; applied physics; applied mathematics; engineering mechanics; operations research; and materials science.

Each applicant must produce evidence of an outstanding undergraduate record, including superior performance in physics and mathematics through differential equations. The program of study will be individually designed in consultation with a faculty adviser and will integrate undergraduate work with the field of engineering or applied science the student chooses to follow. During the first year, the program will consist primarily of basic undergraduate courses; during the second year, of graduate courses in the selected field. 

Graduates of the 4-2 Master of Science program may not be eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam if their undergraduate degree is not in engineering or a related field. Students should also check with individual state boards to determine eligibility requirements for employment. A BS is considered a professional degree and is required for jobs in engineering fields that require ABET certification, for example, Civil Engineering; a Master's degree is not.

3–3 Accelerated Master’s Track

at Washington University

After 3 years at Willamette, students enroll directly into both an engineering master's program and an undergraduate engineering program at Washington University. Students earn a BA from Willamette and both BS and MS engineering degrees from Washington University, and are classified as graduate students for all 3 years at Washington University. While this makes students ineligible for Federal Financial Aid, all admitted students pay discounted tuition reduced 50% the first year, 55% the second year, and 60% the third year.

Affiliated Engineering Schools (AES)

Next Steps

  • Complete the inquiry form (on this page).
  • Email Professor Watkins if you have additional questions.
  • Meet with one of the engineering advisers (Profs. Altman, Kleinert, Watkins in physics) regularly and early (freshman year).
  • Check engineering school websites for up-to-date information and requirements.
  • Decide which engineering major you want to pursue (requirements are different for different majors).
  • Read Pursuing Engineering at a small college FAQ (PDF)
  • Note: If you fulfill all of their requirements, admission is pretty much guaranteed. Over the last 26 years, only one student was not admitted because they did not meet the requirements.
  • Re-negotiate scholarships: WU scholarships do not transfer to the AES.