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The Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program is a cohort program that brings together an elite group of students from Tickle College of Engineering and Haslam College of Business 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.

Application Process Timeline

Applications are accepted from first-year students in their second semester, starting in December through January. The Heath IBEP Selection Committee, consisting of individuals from both Haslam and Tickle, meet to evaluate applicants in February. Finalists will be contacted for an in-person interview in early March. Interviews will last for the month of March and then the Selection Committee will meet to make final selections. Notifications will be sent mid-April. Students selected will formally begin the program in fall of the sophomore year.

Applications are available now and must be submitted by Thursday, January 17th at midnight.

Application Details

The application contains three sections:

  1. Personal information: You will need to also be required to submit a PDF version of your resume
  2. References: You will need 2 with only 1 having to be from an academic source. These references will not need to submit recommendation letters, but rather be willing to be contacted during the admissions process.
  3. Short answer questions: Responses to the questions should be no more than 250 words (approx. 2000 characters). It is recommended that you use a word processor to draft your responses and then paste them into the appropriate text boxes on the application.

Application Questions

The application contains the following short answer 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 that were involved and how you managed them.
  2. Discuss 3 skills that you need to develop and/or experiences that you should have that 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 Heath 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?
  4. Mentoring is a big part of the Heath 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?
  5. Discuss your favorite topic, activity, or something that you pursue outside of classes. Why do you enjoy it and how are you involved?
  6. Please explain why you are interested in Heath IBEP.

Admission Criteria

The admissions committee from both Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering review the following materials and select finalists to interview:

  • Essay questions
  • Student resume

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. To be eligible to receive scholarship awards, students must apply for the Continuing Student Undergraduate Scholarship by February 1, 2019. If for any reason students decide to withdraw from the program or are dismissed from the program, their Heath IBEP scholarship awards may be rescinded.

Information Sessions

There are no additional information sessions scheduled for this application cycle. If you have questions or concerns about the program, please email integrate@utk.edu.

 

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