University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Champaign, Illinois, United States

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The Department of Aerospace Engineering under The Grainer College of Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students can pursue a major in different areas. The graduate program places emphasis on aircraft and spaceflight engineering.

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering is also offered online. The degree requirements are the same as for the on-campus program. Online students have five years to complete the program.
Although the prerequisite for graduate study is the equivalent of a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, graduates in other fields of engineering, pure sciences, or mathematics may be admitted. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (A = 4.00) of the last two years of undergraduate study is required. Scores on the GRE general test are required of all applicants. A quantitative score in the 80th percentile is recommended.

The TOEFL is required of applicants whose native language is not English with a minimum score of 103. Such applicants can also take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), wherein they must score a minimum of 7.0 overall and 6.0 in all subsections. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Dynamics and controls
  • list items Space systems
  • list items Hypersonics
  • list items Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • list items Aerospace structural mechanics
  • list items Combustion and propulsion
  • list items Orbital mechanics and space mission optimization
  • list items Aerospace materials
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Center for Exascale Simulation-coupled Combustion
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    The Department of Bioengineering offers Master of Science in Bioengineering for which one will need to complete the core curriculum and the requisite number of electives apart from research activities for which you will be allocated credit hours. You need to complete the thesis and cover a significant amount of hours to complete the course. You can opt for the non-thesis option also.The Department of Bioengineering also offers a one-year non-thesis professional Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Bioengineering degree.

    The Bioengineering Graduate Program integrates the sciences of biology and medicine with those of engineering. The Graduate Program in Bioengineering admits few M.S.-only students. Successful applicants usually have GPAs above 3.5 (on a 4.0 = A scale) and GRE scores above the 80th percentile.Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in bioengineering or a related field. Engineering students must have prior training in the life sciences, while Biology students must have a strong understanding of mathematics.

    The Master of Science program in Bioinformatics is in partnership with four academic units that are consistently ranked among the top in the world. Prospective students should apply directly to the group of their choice:

  • list items Department of Animal Sciences
  • list items Department of Computer Science
  • list items Department of Crop Sciences
  • list items School of Information Sciences
  • Research in bioinformatics takes place in several leading interdisciplinary centers on the campus. The MS degree offers both thesis and non-thesis options. All students must take courses in each of three core areas:

  • list items Fundamental Bioinformatics – Courses in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology
  • list items Biology – Courses in general biochemistry and cell biology
  • list items Computer Science – Courses in database systems and combinatorial algorithms
  • list items Chemical Engineering - Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
  • Students applying to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, an exceptional academic record, strong GRE test scores, and three recommendation letters. International students are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. Preferred applicants possess a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (4.0 is A). Outstanding students with degrees in other areas are welcome to apply. All graduate students are supported financially if they maintain satisfactory academic progress. Support can include research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships.

    Areas of Expertise:  

  • list items Biotechnology and biomolecular engineering
  • list items Colloid science and complex fluids
  • list items Materials engineering for chemical applications
  • list items Materials and devices for energy conversion
  • list items Computational, process and systems science
  • List of Labs:

  • list items The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems
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    Civil and Environmental

    The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers courses across these areas:

  • list items Construction Engineering and Management
  • list items Construction Materials
  • list items Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability
  • list items Environmental Engineering and Science
  • list items Geotechnical Engineering
  • list items Societal Risk Management
  • list items Structural Engineering
  • list items Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems
  • list items Transportation Engineering
  • list items Water Resources Engineering and Science
  • The department offers the degrees of:

  • list items  Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • list items Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • list items M.Eng. in Railway Engineering Concentration
  • Students can develop cross-disciplinary programs in consultation with their advisers. The department offers courses in computational science and engineering and energy and sustainability engineering in its graduate programs. They also offer a professional master's degree program (non-thesis option) to students. The major in Engineering for the M.Eng. degree requires the selection of an interdisciplinary concentration.

    For the M.S./Joint Degree programs, admission is provided to graduates of accredited institutions whose requirements for the Bachelor's degree are like those of the university. The applicant's academic average should be at least 3.00 (A = 4.00). GRE is required. Applications are considered for both spring and fall admissions.

    The requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program are substantially higher.

    All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a minimum :

  • list items TOEFL score of 79 (iBT)
  • list items 213 (CBT)
  • list items 550 (PBT)
  • list items IELTS academic exam scores of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all subsections.
  • For the Joint Degree programs, students need to be graduates of accredited institutions whose requirements for the Bachelor's degree are like those of the University. The applicant's academic average should be at least 3.00 (A = 4.00). GRE is required. The test scores for admission to the Ph.D. program are higher. All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

  • list items The TOEFL score should be a minimum of 79 (iBT)
  • list items 213 (CBT)
  • list items 550 (PBT)
  • list items The IELTS scores should be 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all subsections.
  • Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Energy, water and environment sustainability
  • list items Environmental engineering and science
  • list items Sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems
  • list items Structural engineering and mechanics
  • list items Societal Risk Management
  • list items Transportation engineering
  • list items Environmental hydrology and hydraulic engineering
  • list items Geotechnical engineering
  • list items Construction management
  • list items Construction materials engineering
  • list items Public health engineering
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Center of Excellence for Airport Technology
  • list items Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory
  • list items Illinois Center for Transportation
  • list items Prairie Research Institute
  • list items Mid-America Earthquake Center
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    Computer Science

    The Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science offered by the Department of Computer Science is a research-oriented degree, and credit hours accumulated can be counted towards the Ph.D. in Computer Science. Students must complete three different courses, each from a different area, with a grade of B- or higher.

    There is an option to pursue the course online too. The online option allows students to earn a Master of Computer Science degree in up to five years.

    These students have the option to complete the Professional MCS track or the MCS program with a data science track. The department also offers M.S. in Bioinformatics Program as well.
    Applicants must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree equivalent to that granted by the university. Eligibility also depends on the country where the applicant received their degree please see the Graduate College's list of eligible degrees. The University requires applicants to hold at least a 3.0/4.0 or higher GPA in the last two years of their undergraduate study to be eligible for graduate studies on this campus.

    Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science must have enough background in computer programming, data structures and algorithms, computer architecture, and theory of computation.
    GRE general aptitude tests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) and subject test scores are recommended but not required. All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Computer architecture, parallel and distributed computing
  • list items Big data, data mining, information retrieval
  • list items Theory and algorithms, formal methods
  • list items OS, networking, embedded and secure systems
  • list items Programming languages, compilers, software engineering
  • list items Scientific computing
  • list items Human-computer interaction, graphics and multimedia
  • list items Artificial intelligence, computer vision, natural language processing
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Image Laboratory: Multimedia Signal Processing Analysis Visualization
  • list items Multimedia Signal Processing
  • list items Analysis
  • list items Visualization
  • list items National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • list items Information Trust Institute
  • list items Computational Science and Engineering
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    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    The Master of Engineering degree offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a coursework-only degree and appropriate for students who wish to enter the professional workforce. Students interested in a career in research should go for the Master of Science (M.S.) program.The Master of Science degree allows students to master concepts which will help them to become visionaries in their fields. The candidates for the M.S. degree should complete all the requirements for the degree within five calendar years of their entering college.

    A total of thirty-two hours of credit, of which 20 must be 500-level ECE hours, are required. Please click here for more details.M.S. degree candidates who wish to continue toward the Ph.D. degree must take the Qualifying Examination at the time specified. It is not necessary to complete the M.S. degree requirements before taking the examination. Students who are not able to satisfy the necessary requirements by the beginning of the fourth semester in residence are not eligible for admission to Ph.D.The graduate faculty evaluates the Ph.D. candidate’s ability to do independent research work.

    Scholastic competence including grades, class ranks, instructor evaluations, and comments, and GRE scores are taken into consideration. Students entering the doctorate program with Bachelor's degrees must take the Qualifying Examination before the fourth semester in residence. A student must have the Ph.D. Thesis Adviser Agreement on file with the ECE Graduate Advising Office. Moreover, there is a specific requirement for the number of hours of coursework to be completed. A grade-point average of at least 3.25 is required in all graduate coursework completed and on the 500-level Electrical and Computer Engineering coursework completed. 

    All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a minimum :

  • list items TOEFL score of 96 (iBT)
  • list items 243 (CBT)
  • list items 590 (PBT)
  • list items minimum IELTS academic exam scores of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all subsections.
  • Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Networking and distributed computing
  • list items Communications and control
  • list items Electromagnetics, optics, and remote sensing
  • list items Circuits and signal processing
  • list items Biomedical imaging, bioengineering, and acoustics
  • list items Nanotechnology
  • list items Microelectronics and photonics
  • list items Power and energy systems
  • list items Computing systems hardware and software
  • list items Reliable and secure computing systems
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics
  • list items Power Systems Engineering Research Center
  • list items Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC)
  • list items Center for Computational Electromagnetics and Electromagnetics Laboratory
  • list items Illinois Center for Cryptography and Information Protection
  • list items Center for Reliable and High-Performance Computing
  • list items Coordinated Science Lab
  • list items Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
  • list items Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid
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    Industrial & Enterprise Engineering

    The Department of ISE Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering offers:

  • list items M.S. Industrial Engineering (On-campus/Online and Thesis/Non-thesis)
  • list items MS Industrial Engineering with Advanced Analytics Concentration
  • list items MS Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering (Thesis/Non-thesis)
  • list items MS in Financial Engineering (MSFE degree)
  • Students are required to submit an advisor agreement and choose the thesis or non-thesis option.

    Foreign candidates need to submit the following in addition to the application form

  • list items Resume
  • list items Three letters of recommendation
  • list items Transcripts in English and native language (may be unofficial, but the names of the applicant and university must appear)
  • list items Certificate of a degree in English and native language (if earned)
  • list items Official GRE scores
  • list items Official TOEFL scores (can be omitted in certain circumstances)
  • list items Passport
  • list items Evidence of financial resources (may be submitted after admission) 
  • Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Data Analytics
  • list items Financial engineering
  • list items Design and Manufacturing
  • list items Operations Research
  • list items Decision and Control Systems
  • List of Labs:  

  • list items Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
  • list items Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC)
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    Materials Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering

    The graduate school of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering provides practical skills and professional experience in advanced materials.

    The department offers :

  • list items Master of Science (Thesis/Non-thesis)
  • list items Doctor of Philosophy programs in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Students may choose to specialize in various aspects of materials science and engineering including :

  • list items Ceramics
  • list items Metals
  • list items Polymers
  • list items Electronic Materials
  • list items Biomaterials
  • list items Composites
  • Students entering the graduate program may have undergraduate degrees in different scientific and engineering disciplines, e.g.,:

  • list items Materials Science and Engineering
  • list items Chemistry
  • list items Chemical Engineering
  • list items Physics
  • list items Mechanical Engineering
  • Admission is based on undergraduate performance, standardized test scores, a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation.

    A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 (4.0=A) is required. The GRE General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) is required. All applicants whose native language is not English should submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. Scores necessary for full admission status: TOEFL-104/ IELTS greater than 7.5 and must be less than 2 years old at the time of admission.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Electronic materials
  • list items Ceramic materials
  • list items Biomaterials
  • list items Nano, micro and meso-technology
  • list items nanomanufacturing
  • list items Metallic materials
  • list items Polymeric and organic materials
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab
  • list items Materials Research Science and Engineering
    Mechanical - Mechanical Science and Engineering

    The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering offers campus and online options for  M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering (MSME). The department also offers a Master of Science in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (MSTAM). Most MS students are given financial assistance through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and/or fellowships.

    The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng. ME) provides campus/online options and in-depth technical knowledge beyond that of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. BS is offered in Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering.

    Applicants must apply online with the transcripts, resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement, three letters of recommendation. Also, GRE scores and TOEFL/IELTS scores for non-native English speakers are necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Biomechanics and mechanobiology
  • list items Manufacturing processes and manufacturing systems control
  • list items Controls and dynamics and tribology
  • list items Nano, micro and meso-technology, and nanomanufacturing
  • list items Computational science and mechanics and applied math
  • list items Energy Science, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Combustion
  • list items Robotics and autonomous systems
  • list items Materials, solid mechanics and applied physics
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center
  • list items Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute
  • list items Manufacturing Research Center
  • list items Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems
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    Pure Science

    The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in the Teaching of Chemistry is designed to be completed in one year of full-time study by students entering without deficiencies.

    The Doctoral programs are offered in a wide range of specialties including the traditional areas of :

  • list items Analytical
  • list items Inorganic
  • list items Organic and Physical Chemistry
  • list items Materials Chemistry
  • list items Chemical Biology.
  • Students are required to present a seminar, pass an oral preliminary examination on research preparation, present and defend an original research proposal not related to their thesis research, and submit a thesis on original research, which is defended at a final oral examination.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Astrophysics, cosmology, and general relativity
  • list items Atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information science
  • list items Condensed matter physics and nanotechnology
  • list items High-energy physics
  • list items Biological physics
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
  • list items Center for Theoretical Astrophysics