Engineering: Instrumentation and Applied Physics, MEng

for the degree of Master of Engineering in Engineering, Instrumentation and Applied Physics concentration

associate dean for graduate, professional and online programs: Daniel Bodony

overview of admissions & requirements:

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

college website:

address: 402 Engineering Hall, 1308 W Green St, Urbana, Illinois 61801

phone: (217) 244-2745


Accepting applications Fall 2023

The Grainger College of Engineering offers a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program for students whose primary intent is a professional career in industry or government. This degree differs from the Master of Science (MS) degree in that it is a professionally-oriented master's degree that is not a pathway to a doctoral program. The Major in Engineering for the M.Eng. degree requires the selection of an interdisciplinary concentration, which must be identified at the time of application. Available concentrations are:


Students with bachelor's or master's degrees in engineering or related sciences will be considered for admission if they have a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) for the last two years of undergraduate study. Admission is possible for the both the fall and spring semesters. Full details of admission requirements are on the Web page of the department offering the concentration.

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores as evidence of English proficiency. Minimum admission requirements are set by the Graduate College. Higher requirements may be imposed by specific concentrations.

Financial Aid

Students in concentrations under the MEng in Engineering major are not eligible for Board of Trustees (BOT) tuition-waiver generating assistantships at the University of Illinois. Students are encouraged to seek external funding for which they may be eligible, and refer to their program of interest's website to learn about potential funding resources.

for the degree of Master of Engineering in Engineering, Instrumentation and Applied Physics concentration

For additional details and requirements, please refer to the Web page of the concentration’s home unit and the Graduate College Handbook. 

PHYS 523Instrumentation and Applied Physics Project (4 credit hours in two consecutive semesters)8
PHYS 524Survey of Instrumentation and Laboratory Techniques2
PHYS 525Survey of Fundamental Device Physics2
PHYS 503Instrumentation Physics Applications of Machine Learning4
Elective coursework (with approval of advisor) from relevant interdisciplinary areas, such as:12
Material science; Condensed matter physics, including semiconductor physics; Quantum mechanics and quantum information; Statistical and thermal physics; Electrodynamics and electromagnetic radiation; Atomic, molecular, and optical physics; Mathematical physics; Nuclear, plasma, and radiological physics; Biophysics and bioengineering.
Professional Development coursework (from approved list):4
Startups: Incorporation, Funding, Contracts, & Intellectual Property
Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship
Technology Entrepreneurship
High-Tech Venture Marketing
Technol Innovation & Strategy
Finance for Engineering Mgmt
other course in Business, Law, or Economics
Total Hours32

Other requirements

No courses used to fulfill any degree requirement may be taken using the “Credit/No Credit” option.
Minimum GPA: 3.0