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Unrivaled strength across every discipline at the undergraduate and graduate levels 

The University of Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering is a global leader for engineering education and research in every field, and we consistently appear in national engineering rankings, reflecting our commitment to providing students a transformative academic experience.

Grainger Engineering is unmatched in its size and resources, enabling us to provide an elite education to every student at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both on-campus and online. At Grainger Engineering, you will receive instruction from leading expert researchers and practitioners in your field. Their courses are filled with engaging, cutting-edge theory coupled with impactful engineering research and hands-on learning experiences to ensure you are staying at the forefront of innovation.

Our students and faculty are facing global challenges head-on, developing creative solutions to make a difference across the country and the world.

Top 10 ranked degree programs

Overall ranking among undergraduate programs in the U.S.


Overall ranking among graduate programs in the U.S.

Graduate Program Rankings

The graduate engineering programs at the University of Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering ranked 10th overall in the Best Graduate Schools issue of U.S. News and World Report (published in March 2020.) The following list includes all of Grainger Engineering's ranked graduate engineering science specialties and their corresponding ranking.

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Graduate Degree Program Rankings

  • 7 Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical
  • 6 Biological / Agricultural
  • 24 Biomedical / Bioengineering
  • 13 Chemical
  • 1 Civil
  • 5 Computer Engineering
  • 5 Computer Science
  • 8 Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence
  • 11 Computer Science - Programming Language
  • 5 Computer Science - Systems
  • 12 Computer Science - Theory
  • 4 Electrical / Electronic / Communications
  • 4 Environmental / Environmental Health
  • 14 Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering
  • 6 Materials
  • 5 Mechanical
  • 6 Nuclear
  • 9 Physics
  • 12 Physics - Atomic / Molecular / Optical
  • 1 Physics - Condensed Matter
  • 11 Physics - Nuclear
  • 9 Online Graduate Engineering

Online Master's Degree Rankings

Grainger Engineering's online master's degree programs offer a rigorous and rewarding academic experience while offering flexibility, convenience, and ease of access. Our nine online master’s degree programs in multiple disciplines are instructed by world-class faculty in highly engaging virtual classroom environments. The curriculum covers in-demand topics that build knowledge and skills for immediate workplace applicability and rapid career growth.

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Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs

Best Online Master's in Civil Engineering Programs

Best Online Master's in Mechanical Engineering Programs

Best Online Master's in Industrial Engineering Programs

Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs for Veterans

A Tradition of Excellence in Education

In addition to our individual undergraduate and graduate degree programs receiving top nationwide rankings, the Grainger College of Engineering and the greater University of Illinois have also continuously received praise for our reputation, strength of academic programming, outstanding faculty, and leading research. We are proud to be a leader in our field, providing an enriching experience that will innovate the future of engineering. Explore some of our recent accolades below!

 Leading the Field in Engineering and Technology

Recognition for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana-Champaign Community: Fulfillment and Innovation