How is the Master of Engineering program different from the Master of Science program?

The biggest differences are that the Master of Engineering program is a non-thesis program and it has a professional development requirement.

M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering MS in Mechanical Engineering
Goals Advanced knowledge

Professional development capstone or cooperative project options available

Advisor-based program fosters research immersion
Milestones Non-thesis, coursework-based Thesis/research requirement
Length Full-time: as little as 1 academic year

Part-time: flexible, max of 5 years

Full-time enrollment required; 2 years is the typical time-to-degree
Online option Yes Yes
GRE Not required Required
TAs/RAs/Fellowships Not eligible Eligible
Cost See below  See below 

How soon would I receive a decision on my application?

Master of Engineering applications are reviewed as promptly as possible, but turnaround may vary depending upon when the application is submitted. You can find more information about the MEng deadlines.

Can I transfer credits to the Master of Engineering program?

You can transfer up to 8 non-Illinois graduate level credits into the program as long as the credits have not been applied to another degree program. Additional requirements apply; please see our handbook for these requirements.

Can I apply to the Master of Engineering program and later transfer to the Master of Science program?

Unfortunately, no. Admission or enrollment in the Master of Engineering program is not transferable to our department’s Master of Science programs.

Can I pursue a PhD after the Master of Engineering degree?

Yes; upon completion of the Master of Engineering degree students are eligible to be admitted into the PhD program.  During your last semester you would need to submit a petition to be considered for the PhD program.  The petition will need to include your GRE scores and 2 letters of reference from MechSE faculty.

Is the GRE required for the application?

The GRE is not required for the Master of Engineering application.

What is the cost of the program?

On-campus tuition and fees are set by the Office of the Registrar at Illinois. Tuition and fee rates can be found here (be sure you are viewing the “Grad Engineering and Engineering Related rate”). If you are planning to complete the program in one year, you will most likely be billed in the Range I rate (12+ hours of registration).

The program was designed to allow students to complete the degree in one year (two or three semesters), but students may pursue the degree at a slower rate if necessary (max of five calendar years after first registration in the Graduate College).

M.Eng.ME — Cost Analysis*
Rates set by the Office of the Registrar

(Grad Engineering and Engineering Related rate)

Semester 1 (Fall or Spring) – 16 credit hours, Range I tuition and fees Semester 2 (Spring or Fall) – 16 credit hours Total
On-campus, resident $8,917 tuition +

$1,920 fees

$8,917 tuition +

$1,920 fees

On-campus, nonresident/international $16,314 tuition +

$1,920 fees

$16,314 tuition + $1,920 fees $36,468
Online $1,084 per credit hour

(includes $50/credit hour administrative fee)

$1,084 per credit hour

(includes $50/credit hour administrative fee)

*Rates and calculations are estimated based on the 2016-2017 rates from the Office of the Registrar (for on-campus enrollment) and from the College of Engineering (for online enrollment).

Note that all tuition and fee rates are subject to change without notice.

Online enrollment is billed differently since online students are not on campus. More information about tuition and fees for online enrollment can be found here.

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