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About Dual-Degree Programs

There are 23 different dual engineering degrees in which students can enroll, provided they meet the requirements for transfer of the partner institutions.

To be competitive in the pre-engineering program, students generally major in a scientific discipline. Physics is a particularly popular major as it prepares students well for the range of engineering courses they will encounter once they leave Richmond to begin work on their second degree.

Students who are interested in pursuing the pre-engineering track at the University should speak with the engineering dual degree advisor early and often to ensure that they are well-prepared for making the transition after their third year.

Types of Programs

3-2 Program

In a “3-2 program,” a student will receive two bachelor degrees from two institutions within a five-year period. Students will spend their first three years at Richmond completing a number of pre-engineering courses, all general education requirements and most requirements for their major. They will then transfer to the engineering school for two additional years. At the end of the five-year period of successful coursework, the students will receive bachelor of science degrees from Richmond and the engineering school. This combines the best of the liberal arts and sciences with professional engineering coursework. University of Richmond currently maintains a "3-2" program relationship with the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

4-2 Program

A “4-2 program” would be of interest to students who wish to complete four years at Richmond before moving on to complete an engineering degree at Columbia University. The “4-2 program”,  like the “3-2 program”, leads to a bachelor of science degree in engineering after the two additional years.

3-1-1 Program

A “3-1-1 program” provides a bachelor’s degree from Richmond and a master’s degree from a partner institution. The fourth year is taken at the partner institution and the work is transferred to Richmond to complete the Richmond degree. If the fourth year work is of good quality, the Richmond student is admitted to an accelerated one-year master’s degree program at the partner institution. Therefore, at the end of the fifth year a master’s degree may be earned. The University of Richmond maintains a relationship with the University of Virginia for a "3-1-1 program."