Cornell offers a combined (dual degree) engineering program with most engineering schools on an individual basis. In the dual degree program, you can earn a bachelor of arts (B.A.) from Cornell and a bachelor of science in engineering (B.S.E.) from a partnering engineering school. Typically you will spend three years at Cornell and two to three years at the partner school. Alternatively, you may choose to complete your degree at Cornell in four years and then spend two years at an engineering school to obtain the B.S.E., or you may complete your degree at Cornell and then spend two years in a graduate engineering program to obtain a Master of Science in Engineering.
The path you choose depends on your intended field of engineering and on whether or not you plan to obtain a professional engineering license. To help set your course, we encourage you to consult with the engineering sciences advisor or our engineering dual degree advisor, Brian Johns, before or during your first year at Cornell.
Advantages of the dual degree program
Our engineering dual degree program offers a number of advantages over many larger undergraduate engineering programs. For example:
- You enjoy much smaller class sizes (capped at 25 students and often much smaller) and more personalized attention in your lower-level courses.
- You have time and freedom to explore our liberal arts curriculum, allowing you to discover and develop interests beyond engineering.
- It is easier to participate in athletics, music, or other extracurricular activities at a smaller school like Cornell.
- You gain access to specialized engineering programs at the point where it matters most: in your upper-level courses specific to your chosen engineering specialty.
Explore the requirements for pursuing a dual degree in engineering, or contact the program advisor for more information.