Illinois to Offer 2 New Online Programs This Fall


Ben Taylor, Engineering Communications Office



Engineering at Illinois will offer two more online professional master’s degrees this fall, as Master of Engineering degrees in bioinstrumentation and in mechanical engineering will become available to students worldwide. Both M.Eng degrees debuted as on-campus programs in the Fall 2015 semester and are adding an online method of delivery in Fall 2016. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering now offers six complete master’s degrees, 18 professional certificates and more than 100 individual courses online.

“Innovation is part of our DNA in Engineering at Illinois, and making these two degree programs available online is the latest example of how we continue to lead the way in the classroom,” said Andreas Cangellaris, dean of the College of Engineering. “By adding online degrees in mechanical engineering – traditionally one of our strongest programs – and bioinstrumentation – a cutting-edge degree in an emerging discipline – we are able to offer the quality and value of an Illinois engineering degree to a worldwide audience.”

As with all of Illinois’ other online degree programs, students will earn the exact same degree as their on-campus counterparts. Students in the online program will be able to watch video recordings of lectures online and will complete the same assignments, projects, and exams as on-campus students. Online students will follow the same course syllabus as on-campus students and will be able to interact with their on-campus counterparts through a variety of technological tools. Online students will have five years to complete the program, allowing them to pursue an advanced degree without putting other aspects of their lives on hold.

The M.Eng in Bioinstrumentation launched on campus in Fall 2015 as a first-of-its-kind program designed to give students the unique combination of graduate-level engineering coursework and fundamental business training in order to help them develop the next generation of medical devices. With two tracks available in biomedical imaging and life science tools, Illinois’ bioinstrumentation program helps students augment the depth of their engineering background while also developing fundamental skills in business, product development, intellectual property, and regulatory requirements.

Illinois’ master of engineering in mechanical engineering, which also began accepting students in Fall 2015 as an on-campus program, provides students with in-depth technical knowledge for a career in industry. The degree offers students an opportunity to enhance their understanding of areas such as biomechanics, controls and dynamics, fluids and thermal sciences, nanomechanics and nanomanufacturing, solids and materials, mechanics and computation, energy systems, and many more, helping students position themselves as leaders in industry upon graduation.

About Engineering Online
Engineering at Illinois offers six master’s degrees online: master of science degrees in aerospace engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering; and master of engineering degrees in bioinstrumentation and mechanical engineering. These professional master’s degrees are non-thesis, non-research programs designed for students who are seeking the additional preparation and skills required by today’s engineering profession. Online students receive the same degrees as on-campus students in Engineering at Illinois, while completing the program alongside their busy lives. In addition to traditional M.S. degree programs, Illinois has developed Master of Engineering degrees that are designed to combine in-depth technical expertise and professional skills development, preparing graduates for industry leadership.