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Graduate Degree Programs

Advanced graduate degrees for the next step in your career 

Grainger Engineering offers research-oriented, thesis-based master's and Ph.D. programs, as well as professionally-oriented master's programs, across 12 departments. These programs enable you to interact with leaders of their field, have sufficient impact on science and industry, and explore innovation and discovery across disciplinary boundaries. 


Professional Master's Programs

Grainger Engineering offers 12 on-campus, non-thesis professional master's degrees that are structured to be completed in 2-3 semesters of full-time study, some of which are offered online. Several of these programs are professionally-oriented master’s degrees that are designed to prepare you for careers in corporate environments, technology innovation, and management.

Online Professional Master's Programs

Some of our professional masters programs are offered entirely online.

Joint Degree Programs

Grainger Engineering offers three joint degree programs, pairing degrees from top-tier colleges across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapaign campus.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Programs

As a Grainger Engineering undergraduate, you are able to apply during your junior year to be part of a combined bachelor's/master's degree program and complete both degrees in five years.

Get an early start on your research

Experience research at Illinois by participating in one of our summer research experiences for undergraduates (REUs). This is a great way to explore campus, build research skills, meet faculty and current graduate students, learn about Grainger Engineering's graduate programs, and explore the community!

Illinois REUs

Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging

Train and perform research at the forefront of biomedicine using advanced imaging and microscopy technologies. Contact: Prof. Marina Marjanovic: | 217-244-6221
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Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS)

Conduct research pertaining to cellular systems that may help to solve problems in health, security, and environment. Contact: EBICS Admin:
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The Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS)

Work on research projects to help increase the power density of current mobile electrified systems by 10-100 times the current state of the art.  Contact: Joe Muskin: | 217-265-6481 or Dr. Jessica Perez: | 217-300-5866
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Physics at Illinois

Work on challenging, meaningful projects focused on the diversity of physics subfields.  Contact: Professor Karin Dahmen: | 217-244-8873
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Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (I-MRSEC)

Solve a challenging, meaningful scientific question by taking part in the interdisciplinary innovative materials research.  Contact: Dr. Pamela Pena Martin: | 217-300-6699
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Illinois Space Grant Consortium – Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Conduct research on NASA-related science and engineering topics.  Contact: Diane Jeffers: | 217-244-8048
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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Toxicology (SURE Tox)

Train and perform research in the field of toxicology.  Contact: Prof. Jodi Flaws: | 217-333-7933 or Prof. Romana Nowak: | 217-244-3902
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Carle Illinois College of Medicine REACH Program

Participate in an intensive clinical and research immersion summer experience in the field of medicine. Contact: Lisa Goodpaster: | 217-300-7103
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Summer Research Opportunities @ Illinois (SROP)

Work on a research project in various fields of study and learn more about graduate school. Contact:
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Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students (PRECS)

Designed to provide community college students with authentic research experiences in phenotypic plasticity, the phenomenon of a single genotype producing multiple phenotypes depending on the environment. Contact: Dr. C. Britt Carlson: | 217-353-2132
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