How do our master's programs compare?

Three exciting ways to shape your future

We understand the importance of finding a graduate program that fits your interests and long-term professional goals.  Here’s a comparison of our various bioengineering master’s degree programs – connect with us to discuss which one may best prepare you for your career path!

Program

M.Eng in Bioengineering

MS in Biomedical Image Computing Traditional MS in Bioengineering
Curriculum focus Non-thesis, coursework-based technical training with business fundamentals Non-thesis, coursework-based technical training at the intersection of biomedical imaging science, high-performance computing and machine learning  Thesis-required and advisor-based program to foster research immersion 
Length of program

Full-time (on-campus): as little as 1 academic year

Part-time (online): flexible, max of 5 years

Full-time (on-campus): three semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall)

Part-time (online): flexible, max of 5 years

Full-time enrollment required

Two years is the typical time-to-degree

Online option Yes Yes No
Application deadline / Enrollment term

Rolling admission

On-campus cohorts generally start during the Fall term

Admission to the online program available for Fall, Spring and Summer terms

Rolling admission

On-campus cohorts generally start during the Fall term

Admission to the online program available for Fall term only

Dec 1 deadline for enrollment the following Fall term
Funding support

Self-funded program

Eligible for part-time hourly work

Not eligible for tuition waiver-generating assistantships

Self-funded program

Eligible for part-time hourly work

Not eligible for tuition waiver-generating assistantships

Eligible for tuition waiver-generating assistantships

Eligible for part-time hourly work

A good fit for...

Students who want to develop an engineering-related career in healthcare industry and build business acumen.  Can also serve as a “stepping stone” to other career paths, like PhD, medical school or entrepreneurial interests.

Students looking for careers as engineers who are developing, translating, and evaluating biomedical imaging technologies that leverage machine learning methods.

Students who want to build a career in academia or a research lab setting.

Graduate program contacts

LIEZL BOWMAN

LIEZL BOWMAN
Assistant Director
1240E Everitt Laboratory, M/C-278
1406 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Email: liezlb@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 333-8163

Interested in our master's programs? Connect with us to find out more.

Email: bioe-gradprograms@illinois.edu 
Phone: (217) 300-8066
1102 Everitt Laboratory, M/C 278
1406 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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