Undergraduate Programs



The mission of the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering is to prepare our graduates:

To become science-based engineers and professionals, having a thorough knowledge of mathematics and physical science, a broad grasp of mechanical engineering principles and methods, and an ability to apply those fundamentals in practical situations with integrity;

To develop as persons and professionals, continually expanding their knowledge and abilities, communicating effectively with others, maintaining the highest ethical standards, exercising leadership, contributing as team members, and functioning capably within the global workforce; and

To sustain and advance human society by contributing to technological innovation, creating new knowledge and new engineering techniques, as well as through service to professional societies and community services.


The educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics programs reflect the mission of the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and the importance placed on successful professional practice, the ability to pursue advanced degrees, the assumption of professional and societal leadership roles, and a commitment to life-long learning. University of Illinois Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics graduates will:

Objective 1:      
Successfully enter a profession that involves Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Mechanics skills or pursue graduate/professional education.

Objective 2:      

Advance in their chosen fields to leadership positions.

Objective 3:      
Engage in continued learning through professional development.

Objective 4:      
Participate in and contribute to professional societies and community services.

Student Outcomes

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


Historic MechSE Annual Undergraduate Student Enrollments

Historic MechSE Annual Undergraduate Degrees Awarded

For full information on the enrollment by year, students graduated, and many other details of the MechSE department, see http://www.dmi.illinois.edu/cp. To navigate to the program data, select "Engineering" under "Select a Major Unit" and Mechanical Science & Engr for "Department." Specific data for students may be found by selecting "Student Data" under "Jump to Data." Enrollment in the program by academic year may be found under item 3660 and students graduated are listed under item 4420 on this web page.


MechSE Department Facts


In the 2018-19 term, the MechSE Department has 860 undergraduate students majoring in Mechanical Engineering; 112 undergraduate students majoring in Engineering Mechanics; 217 graduate students working on master's degrees; and 265 graduate students working on PhD degrees.

Degrees Granted

In 2017-18, the MechSE Department awarded 270 bachelor of science degrees; 111 master's degrees; and 33 PhD degrees.


MechSE’s 65 full-time faculty are all active in research and publish in high-impact journals, such as Science, Nature, Applied Physics Letters, and more. Even more impressive, Engineering at Illinois faculty are ranked first among our peers in the number of publications per faculty. On average, 20 or more of the papers written by senior professors are cited more than 10 times. More than half have received young investigator awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Defense.


Research expenditures of $25 million allow faculty and students to advance knowledge in key fundamental areas such as biomechanical sciences, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, applied physics, chemistry, dynamics and controls, computational science and applied math.


MechSE's undergraduate program is currently ranked 7th, and our graduate program is ranked 7th best in the U.S., according to US News & World Report.

Other Statistics

The median ACT composite score of undergraduate students entering the department is 32.4. Graduate students enrolling in 2017 had average GRE percentile of 90 (Quantitative).