M.Eng.ME Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I transfer credits to the Master of Engineering program?
You may transfer up to 8 non-Illinois graduate level credits and up to 12 credits from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Springfield or Chicago campuses) as long as requirements are met. Please see the M.Eng.ME Student Handbook for more details.
Can I apply to the Master of Engineering program and later transfer to the Master of Science program?
No. Admission or enrollment in the Master of Engineering program is not transferable to our department’s Master of Science programs.
Can I pursue a PhD at MechSE after the Master of Engineering degree?
Upon completion of the Master of Engineering degree, students are eligible to apply to the PhD program. Please keep in mind that admission is extremely selective and it is extremely rare for MEngME graduates to be admitted to the PhD program given the research requirements of the PhD.
After enrollment in the program, is there a minimum GPA I must maintain?
Yes. All students enrolled in the M.Eng.ME program are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
What is the minimum GPA required to apply for the program?
3.00 is the minimum GPA for eligible applicants. For a full list of Application Requirements, click here.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost will vary depending on whether a student is on campus, or online. For on campus students, tuition and fee rates can be found here. International students who will be requesting an F-1 visa will need to complete the Declaration of Finances form. Students in the online program are charged a flat rate of $1,110 per credit hour (2021 rates, subject to change).
Are international students eligible for CPT and OPT?
Yes, international students are eligible for CPT and OPT. For details, please see ISSS homepage.
How long do I have to get my degree?
Students who are on campus and studying full time, have 2 or 3 semester to complete the degree. Careful course planning with an academic advisor will help each student with their individualized academic plan. Students enrolled in the online program typically work full-time and study part-time. For this reason, online students have up to five years to complete the program. If more time is needed, an extension may be requested, and an extension may be granted from the Graduate College.