The 3+2 China M.S. Program with the College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) at The University of Akron is an accelerated program that allows a student to receive both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five (5) years. A student will complete his/her first three years of study at one of five home institutions in China — Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Soochow University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Donghua University, or East China University of Science and Technology. The fourth year of study will be at The University of Akron (UA), and will count also as the first year of the master’s degree course work. This fourth year of study will include completion of a senior project. Typically the thesis research can be finished by the end of the fifth year to complete the master’s degree. The bachelor’s degree will then be awarded by the home institution in China, and the M.S. degree will be awarded by The University of Akron.