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The Integrated Business and Engineering Program is a cohort program that brings together an elite groups of students from Tickle and Haslam colleges to work together and share key learning, networking, and mentoring experiences. Students will develop a deeper understanding of both disciplines and how they work together in real enterprises to create value.

Applications are accepted from first-year students in their second semester, starting in January. Students are notified of admission prior to the end of the freshmen spring semester and formally begin the program in fall of the sophomore year.

Applications for the Class of 2021 are available now.


Application Details

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 31.

This application contains three sections:

  1. Personal information including your resume: Your resume must be in Word or PDF format.
  2. References: You will need two (1 must be academic & neither can be a relative). These references will not need to submit recommendation letters, but rather may be contacted during the admissions process.
  3. Short answer questions: Responses can be no more than 250 words (approx. 2000 characters). See below.

We encourage you to use a word processor to draft your responses and then paste your responses into the appropriate text boxes provided.

Application questions:

  1. Describe a recent accomplishment.
    • Business majors – Explain how you were able to apply problem-solving skills to be successful.
    • Engineering majors – Explain the risks and how you managed them.
  2. Discuss 3 skills or experiences that you think would be critical for success in your career. Explain the relevance of each and discuss how learning more about engineering (business majors) or business (engineering majors) would contribute.
  3. Mentoring is a big part of the Integrated Business and Engineering Program. Suppose you met a successful senior corporate executive, what 2 – 3 things would you be interested in learning from them and why?
  4. Mentoring is a big part of the Integrated Business and Engineering Program. Suppose you met a successful young professional 5 -10 years older than you, what 2 – 3 things would you be interested in learning from them and why?
  5. Discuss your favorite topic, activity, or something that you pursue outside of school. Why do you enjoy it and how you are involved?

The application can also be accessed by going to

Once submitted, the application can be modified by clicking the link in your confirmation email.

Information Sessions

The final Information sessions for the Integrated Business and Engineering Program occur the 2nd week of January. These sessions are open to all first-year students and all are encouraged to attend!

While walk-ins are welcome, spots are filling up fast, so we encourage you to reserve your spot at the info session by following this link.

Information sessions will be held on the following dates at the indicated locations.

  • January 16 5:15pm 309 Haslam Business Building
  • January 18 5:15pm 500 Tickle Engineering Building

If you have any questions, please contact the Integrated Business and Engineering Program (

Admission Criteria

Admission into the program provides scholarship awards contingent on continued participation in the program and academic performance, including but not limited to maintenance of a minimum 3.25 GPA. If for any reason students decide to withdraw from the program or are dismissed from the program, their IBEP scholarship awards may be rescinded.

The admissions committee from both Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering reviews the following material and selects finalists to interview:

  • Essay questions
  • Student resume

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