Dual Degree Engineering Program | Marian University

Dual Degree Engineering Program

Get the best of both worlds! Earn a bachelor's degree from Marian University that's built on a curriculum grounded by a strong liberal arts tradition. AND earn a degree from Purdue University that's built on a tradition of engineering excellence and innovation.

Upon completion, you'll graduate with TWO prestigious undergraduate degrees that distinguish you from other college graduates in the employment market:

  1. A bachelor's degree from Marian University
  2. A bachelor's degree from Purdue University

Why choose the Dual Degree Engineering Program at Marian?

Employers want college graduates who are good written and verbal communicators. They want students who are critical thinkers, problem-solvers, and excellent collaborators—the types of skill sets that come from a Marian University liberal arts education that helps you understand the big picture as well as small details.

You can expect a Marian University student experience that includes:

  • Faculty mentoring, personal attention, and the ability to build close relationships with your professors and peers on a close-knit, supportive campus.
  • Personalized academic advising based on your unique interests and career goals.
  • A university whose academic reputation is strong, classes that are challenging, and a campus where you won't get lost in the crowd (and where your professors and peers know you by name).
  • Lots of options to get involved in campus life—like performing in the marching band, serving in student government, joining the engineering and technology club, or becoming a Presidential Ambassador. And, of course, strong varsity and intramural athletic programsstudy-abroad programs, and an Honors Academy.
  • The ability to serve others, both locally and globally, and grow spiritually at a Catholic university whose Franciscan values will strengthen yours.
  • Access to good internships at top national and international companies in greater Indianapolis. In 2018, Marian students had internships at companies including Rolls Royce, Allison Transmission, and Endress + Hauser, and among others.

When it comes to highly technical engineering disciplines, employers want candidates who have graduated from a nationally recognized, research-oriented university like Purdue.

You'll live on Marian's conveniently located, wooded, and historic campus just ten minutes from the heart of downtown Indianapolis and the Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

  • Our faculty advisors will personally guide you through applying for admission to IUPUI, where you will take classes toward a Purdue University degree in one of six disciplines.
  • You won't "transfer" back-and-forth between universities. You'll apply for financial aid as a Marian University student and pay Marian University tuition and fees, which covers your IUPUI tuition and fees. But you'll have full access to library, technology, career services, and related student resources on both the IUPUI and Marian University campuses.

We make it a smooth, easy process that gives you the best of BOTH worlds: Outstanding academic focus and a great student experience.

What will you study?

As a student in Marian University's Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP), you can choose from a range of majors offered through our College of Arts and Sciences, like:

You are not limited to Bachelor of Science degrees—you can also choose from Bachelor of Arts programs. In fact, we currently have dual-degree engineering students who are majoring in Spanish, graphic design, and theology.

You'll take your first two years of classes* on Marian's campus, completing foundational courses that all engineers must study, like calculus, chemistry, and physics as well as freshman-level general education and elective courses focused on the liberal arts. During your third and fourth years, you'll take classes at both Marian and IUPUI.

Once you're admitted to the DDEP we've established with IUPUI, you can choose to earn a Purdue University degree in one of these six engineering disciplines:

*NOTE: If you major in motorsports engineering, you will have one class at IUPUI during your first semester. Subsequent classes will begin your third year. 

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Marian University's DDEP, you should meet these admission requirements.

1.  Core 40 or Academic Honors Diploma OR

  • Eight (8) semesters of English
  • Six (6) semesters of science with labs including a year of chemistry. Physics is strongly encouraged.
  • Six (6) semesters of social science
  • Four (4) semesters of additional college prep courses selected from mathematics, English, science, foreign language, and social sciences.

2.  Minimum SAT scores of 570 math and 530 verbal/critical reading OR

  • ACT scores of 25 math and 22 English.
  • Completion of the ACT writing section is also required.

3.  Timely submission of the Marian University application ​​and​ the IUPUI DDEP application (click the link to download a printable copy).

Important notes

  • Note these are minimum acceptable admission requirements. We strongly encourage you to pursue additional preparation in math and science. In particular, we recommend you make every effort to take physics in high school.
  • Mathematically, both the Marian and IUPUI programs begin with Calculus I. If you are not prepared to study calculus in your first semester of college, the DDEP program is not a good fit for you.
  • Being accepted to Marian University does not guarantee acceptance into the DDEP. A student whose scores fall below these minimum requirements still be accepted by Marian, but may not into the DDEP program.

Apply early!

If you're interested in Marian University's Dual Degree Engineering Program, complete your admission application as early as possible so that we can coordinate your engineering course schedule.

For more information

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(317) 955-6300
(800) 772-7263
admissions@marian.edu

For program specifics

Dr. Jeffrey Carvell
Director, Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP)
Assistant Professor, Physics
(317) 955-6504
jcarvell@marian.edu

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