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Graduate Programs

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Grainger Engineering is committed to providing you with a premiere education, regardless of your goals. From getting a PhD, taking continuing education classes, to anything in between, Grainger Engineering has top of the line resources and educators to get you where you want to go. A degree from Illinois also comes with a reputation. A reputation for innovation. Our researchers are developing inventive solutions for the most pressing issues facing our global society across every major industry.


graduate engineering degree programs are ranked in the top ten by U.S. News & World Report

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of students earning a master's degree secure a first destination (employment or seeking additional education).


of students earning a PhD secure a first destination (employment or seeking additional education).

Discover Urbana-Champaign

A small town feel with big city resources, Urbana-Champaign truly offers the best of both worlds. Ranked #2 among national peer institutions for cost-of-living, Urbana-Champaign is more than great college town. It's a place to call home—and where people come together to bring big ideas to life. Find out what makes our "micro-urban" community such a special place to live, work, and study.

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Illinois researchers are developing inventive solutions for the most pressing issues facing our global society across every major industry, including energy, environment, health and biology, security and defense, manufacturing, and transportation.


The breadth, scope, and influence of Grainger Engineering in terms of research, scholarship, leadership, and service activities are enormous. Grainger Engineering has more than $198 million in research expenditures, 2,000 research projects underway, 70 student-run societies and committees, and 70,000 alumni around the world.

Leading with Research

Research shapes our identity, stimulates classroom instruction, and serves as a springboard for public engagement activities throughout the world. Conducted independently as well as in collaboration with faculty, the research and creative projects of our graduate students increase our shared knowledge and lead to exciting discovery.

World Class Facilities

Surrounded by more than 80 research centers and labs housed in multiple buildings across two quads, the Urbana-Champaign campus is at the center of a world-class network. Faculty and students benefit from access to state-of-the-art equipment in highly modern environment that inspires both collaboration and creativity.

Collaborative Study

Our multidisciplinary, world-renowned research leaders, supported by a motivated and exceptionally-gifted student base, collaborate with captains of industry, government agencies, and peer institutions in search of innovative solutions to the world's technological challenges.

Funding Support

Illinois provides a vast array of financial support opportunities to graduate students through numerous fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Graduates from diverse backgrounds are also encouraged to pursue opportunities offered exclusively at Illinois.