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

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.ME) is a terminal, professional degree program and is not on the MS/PhD track. The M.Eng.ME program is designed for students who already work in or plan to enter industry. The M.Eng.ME program is coursework-based, provides industry-oriented professional development opportunities, and can be completed in 2-3 semesters of full-time study. M.Eng.ME students are ineligible to submit a MechSE departmental petition to enter our MS or PhD programs while enrolled in the M.Eng.ME program. Students who are interested in the MS/PhD track may find more information about our research-based graduate programs here.

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 Required starting with applications for Fall 2019 enrollment 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. Click here for 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 more details.

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 would need to include your GRE scores and 2 letters of reference from MechSE faculty.

After enrollment in the program, is there a minimum GPA I must maintain?

Yes. All students enrolled in the MEng program are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

What is the minimum GPA required to apply for the program?

3.25 is the minimum GPA the Admissions Committee will consider. For a full list of Application Requirements, click here.

Is the GRE required for the application?

Yes. Beginning with applications for Fall 2019, the GRE is required for the Master of Engineering application. For a full list of Application Requirements, click here.

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 most full-time students to complete the degree in one year (two or three semesters), but students have the option of pursuing the degree at a slower pace (students are allowed a maximum of five calendar years after their 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 $9,128 tuition +

$2,111 fees

$9,128 tuition +

$2,111 fees

On-campus, nonresident/international $17,381 tuition +

$2,111 fees

$17,381 tuition + $2,111 fees $38,984
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 2018-2019 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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