Graduate Degrees

Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.ME)

Grainger College of Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.ME) is a professionally-oriented master’s degree program that provides advanced knowledge and experiential opportunities beyond that of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. It's ranked the No. 2 online mechanical engineering master's degree program by U.S. News & World Report.

The M.Eng.ME program allows students to earn a graduate degree in this highly sought-after field within one of the world’s most prestigious and largest engineering institutions: The Grainger College of Engineering at Illinois.  Renowned faculty and exceptional students are drawn to Illinois because of our global reputation.

As one of the oldest departments within the university, the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department (MechSE) at Grainger has provided curricula and support services for many decades, earning a reputation among engineering education professionals as one of the most respected programs in the nation.  MechSE offers unparalleled strengths in key fundamental areas, such as biomechanical sciences, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, applied physics, chemistry, dynamics and controls, computational science, and applied math.

Through this fully online program, you will increase the depth of your technical background while still having the flexibility and benefits of working full-time if you choose. Online students complete the same requirements as on-campus students, and they receive the exact same degree as our on-campus students.

Our M.Eng.ME Online program can be completed in one year. Online students have a maximum of five years to complete the degree requirements.

The M.Eng.ME program is coursework-based, industry-oriented, and offers three tracks of study around which students may choose to design their curriculum: Design, Energy, and Controls & Manufacturing. Students also have the flexibility to create their own program by combining the courses recommended from any of the three existing tracks or other courses outside the tracks.  When customizing their program, they will receive guidance from a dedicated faculty advisor.

Students applying to the M.Eng.ME Online program are expected to have a four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering or in a related field. The M.Eng.ME degree is a self-funded program where students are responsible for paying their tuition and fees. Students in this program are not eligible for Board of Trustee (BOT) tuition-waiver-generating assistantships at the University of Illinois. 

Degree Overview


Application Deadlines: 

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.