Engineering, Math & Science Academy (EMSA)

Engineering, Math & Science Academy (EMSA)

The Engineering, Math, and Science Academy (EMSA) at Kishwaukee College is designed for motivated and academically inclined high school juniors.

The Engineering, Math, and Science Academy (EMSA) is open to all high school juniors who may be interested in pursuing a college curriculum focused on science or engineering.  EMSA provides students an opportunity to start their college career while still attending high school, offering at least 23 transferrable and affordable college credits before they even graduate.

EMSA offers two unique tracks tailored towards students’ interests, aspirations, and intended college majors.  Students have the opportunity to select their track upon application.

The Engineering Track is designed for students interested in pursuing math-based majors and careers such as engineering, physics, chemistry, and computer science.

The Pre-professional Track is designed for students interested in pursuing science-based majors and careers including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary science.

To enter the program, students must currently be a junior and enrolled in (or have completed) one year of pre-calculus and/or trigonometry and chemistry, which they must complete with a grade of “B” or better.

All EMSA students will take Calculus I during the summer session (typically between junior and senior years). During the fall and spring semesters, EMSA classes are held on the Kish campus Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 10:00 am. Students then return to their respective high schools to continue their high school coursework and extracurricular activities.

Students in the EMSA Engineering track will take Fundamentals of Physics I and Calculus II during the fall semester, and Fundamentals of Physics II and Calculus III during the spring semester. As an optional second summer semester, Engineering track students can take Differential Equations. 

Students in the Pre-Professional track, will take General Chemistry I and Biology Principles I during the fall semester, and General Chemistry II and Biology Principles II during the spring semester.

Application Process

The following checklist items should be received by the Math/Science/Business (MSB) Division office at Kishwaukee College no later than January 31 of the year in which the student plans to begin the Academy program. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a space availability basis.

Complete the following:

  1. Student Information Form
  2. Engineering, Math & Science Statement of Interest
  3. Engineering, Math & Science Track Choice
  4. Counselor Evaluation of Applicant
  5. Submit an official High School Transcript or official Report Card by June 10 to verify program qualifications
  6. Submit official transcripts from any college or vocational schools attended, if applicable
  7. Registration/Permission for high school student enrollment form (this needs to be completed every semester)
  8. Kishwaukee College Release Form for Media

Estimated Program Costs

You can view a PDF of the Estimated Program Costs for EMSA.


View a list of frequently asked questions on EMSA.


Contact Information

Cindy Karasewski
Administrative Assistant, MSM Division

Kyra Rider
Dean, Office of Instruction