Admissions Criteria

Are you…

  • an early career engineering professional preparing yourself for the next level at your organization?
  • a recent engineering graduate looking to enter the industry with more technical know-how than a traditional entry-level professional?
  • an international student looking to differentiate yourself with an advanced degree from a top engineering school?
  • interested in building a career in the medical and health care field?  

Then Illinois’ Master of Engineering in Bioengineering program is for you!

Students will be well-prepared for career opportunities through the educational experiences gained within this program.

The rigor and challenge inherent in the program is designed to prepare you to be capable of functioning at a higher level within the medical and health care industry through the ability to accept greater technical responsibility, and to work more effectively by combining creative engineering skills with business understanding.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to gain access to the first level of the engineering management track within industry.

Minimum Requirements 

For the General Bioengineering and Bioinstrumentation concentrations:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or related discipline
  • GPA 3.0 minimum for the last two years of undergraduate study
  • GRE optional
  • For applicants whose degree is not from an institution where English is the official language, TOEFL or IELTS test results are required

Applicants with non-engineering degrees need to have a solid engineering foundation during their undergraduate studies.  This includes coursework in physics, advanced math (through calculus, linear algebra and differential equations), statistics and chemistry.  Biology courses are also beneficial.

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Selection Criteria 

Applications are reviewed in its entirety, not just grades.  Your personal essay as well as your letters of recommendation are just as important.  We understand that there may be extenuating circumstances to explain GPAs, so we look at your entire background.

The primary skills we look for are your potential to be a leader, whether through the co-curricular activities you have been involved with or through some of the academic things you have done.  We do not require any internship or work experience, but that would be a bonus.

In addition, for the on-campus program, even if your TOEFL score is less than the minimum required of 103, this just means that, if accepted to the program, you might have to take English as a Second Language when you are on campus.  It does not automatically mean that you will not qualify for our program.  For the online M.Eng. program, students must meet the full admission TOEFL requirement (103 and above).

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we would be able to make a decision regarding your application sooner if you submit your application earlier than the deadlines noted.

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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