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An elite education at your fingertips

Designed to create an inclusive and interactive learning environment, Engineering Online utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to deliver an authentic classroom experience. Our online learning programs offer flexibility and convenience while maintaining the integrity and academic rigor of our elite on-campus programs. In fact, Engineering Online students are challenged to earn the exact same degrees and certificates as awarded on-campus by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Whether you are interested in earning your graduate degree or simply sharpening your professional skill set, Engineering at Illinois will help you to invest in yourself and in your future.

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Everything you need to know about our state-of-the-art online programs, including information about what to expect from a virtual classroom experience, program and course pacing, test proctoring and grading, course numbering and credit, and technology requirements.

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Our online courses and programs are designed to accommodate the working professional, create opportunities to advance in your career and provide lifelong learning opportunities with the same level of quality that students of the University of Illinois experience on campus.

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Meet Online Alumna Jackie Wong

Jackie Wong (MSCE '15) talks about how she discovered our online master's in civil engineering, the wide variety of courses available online, and her experience.


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A Tradition of Excellence

Engineering at Illinois stands among the nation’s most prestigious and largest engineering institutions, with a rich history of accomplishment by faculty, students, and alumni. Our graduates have gone on to lead some of the largest companies in the world and develop innovations that significantly impact our day-to-day lives. Engineering Online is designed to make the top-ranked Engineering at Illinois education available beyond the Urbana-Champaign campus. Online students enroll in courses led by world-renowned faculty, and degrees earned online are exactly the same as those awarded on-campus.

Designed for Working Professionals

Balancing the demands of a professional career and family life with a rigorous academic schedule can be a challenging proposition for anyone seeking higher education. Through Grainger Engineering Online, the dream becomes a reality. Our sophisticated online learning platform offers the flexibility and convenience you need to pursue an advanced degree, certification, or specialized training without sacrificing your career or the comforts of home.

Immersive Learning Experience

Designed to create an inclusive and interactive learning environment, Grainger Engineering Online utilizes state-of-the-art video technologies to deliver an authentic classroom experience. Engaging lectures delivered by world-class instructors often yield immediate real-world impacts. Students are also encouraged to collaborate with faculty and peers on-campus to challenge new perspectives and develop innovative solutions.

Access to Campus Resources

Students enrolled in Grainger Engineering Online courses at Illinois gain access to a variety of campus resources, including the University Library, Grainger Engineering Library (the world’s largest engineering library), Engineering Work Station (EWS) computer laboratories, the CITES Web Store, and numerous research centers, as well as a variety of professional development services. Also, a dedicated staff is on hand to help guide Engineering Online students every step of the way.

Did You Know?

  • Courses in the Grainger Engineering Online program are the same as the on-campus sections of each course.
  • Grainger Engineering Online has been offering online courses since 1998.
  • Diplomas awarded to Grainger Engineering Online students are the SAME as those awarded to resident students. Degrees and transcripts never distinguish between local and online delivery since it is the same program.
  • Lecture recordings generally post 2 hours after the conclusion of the lecture.
  • Grainger Engineering Online Courses are not self-paced. It is important to schedule time each week to watch the lectures and complete the assignments by the deadline.