Prospective graduate students should apply through the Graduate College at the University of Illinois.

The web-based application system allows you to track your admission progress and conduct most of the admission process electronically.  Choose either the “Bioinstrumentation-MENG” or the “General Bioengineering-MENG” degree option when applying for the M.Eng. program.

Deadline for Fall 2023 priority consideration for the on-campus program is March 31, 2023.  We would be able to make a decision regarding your application quickly if you submit your application sooner than the deadline noted.

Deadline for applications to the online M.Eng. program:

  • for Fall semester admission: July 31
  • for Spring semester admission: Nov. 30

Application Checklist

  • Official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded into the application form, but formal transcripts will be required once admitted.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.  Must be on a letterhead and signed by the recommender.
  • Resume.
  • Personal statement that addresses the following (500-750 words or less).
    • Why are you interested in this program and what values, experiences and expertise you would bring into the classroom and your study team that will supplement the program’s learning environment?
    • What are your expectations of the M.Eng. in Bioengineering program and how can it benefit you, as you prepare for a career in industry or for the next stage in your career?
    • Share your past leadership experiences and provide examples of your teamwork and communication skills.
    • Applicants are encouraged to review their academic history for areas they feel may need strengthening.  They are invited to tell the admissions committee in their personal statement how they view the M.Eng. program as providing training in those areas to better prepare them for a career.

This is an important component of your application and provides the admissions committee with information about your written communication skills and insight into how you work, think and act.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE – optional).
  • Funding documentation and English proficiency requirements (international applicants only).  International students applying to the on-campus M.Eng. program must provide Evidence of Financial Resources.  Also for applicants whose degree is not from an institution where English is the official language, TOEFL or IELTS test results are also required.

Applicants with scores lower than the minimum noted for TOEFL or IELTS may still be admitted, but they will be required to take an English as a Second Language Placement Test (EPT) upon arrival at the University. Based on the results, applicants are generally required to enroll in a non-credit “English as a Second Language” course.   For additional information, visit the “English Proficiency Requirement for Admission” page.

International students applying to the online M.Eng. program are not required to submit funding documentation.  However, they need to meet the minimum English proficiency criteria for full status admission to be admitted to the online program.  Students will not be admitted under a limited status for the online M.Eng. program.

BIOE M.Eng. Contacts


Assistant Director
1240E Everitt Laboratory, M/C-278
1406 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-8163

Faculty Program Director
3242  Everitt Laboratory, M/C-278
1406 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217) 333-4212

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

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