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University of Illinois Engineering


Contact Information:
1308 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217) 333-6634
Fax: (217) 333-0015

Website: http://online.engr.uiuc.edu

Online Degree Programs:
Master of Computer Science
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Proposed Master of Engineering (available Spring 2003 or Fall 2004)

We also offer various certificates and materials in computer science, electrical engineering, and materials engineering.

Admission Requirements:
Students may begin taking classes prior to admission to the graduate college. Three units of credit (only two for MSEE) taken prior to admission may be used to fulfill the degree requirements.

MCS Admission requirements: Applicants to the MCS degree must have been awarded (or be about to be awarded) a four-year bachelor's degree equivalent to that granted by the University of Illinois. They must have a minimum background in computer programming, algorithms and database structures, computer organization, and theory of computation.

Their grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 semester-hours (junior and senior years) of undergraduate study must correspond to a "B" (3.0 on a scale of A=4) or higher. If applicants also hold a master's degree, the GPA for that degree must also be at least a "B". Those who have been admitted in recent years had an average GPA of about 3.6/4.0 for their GPA, and above 2200/2400 for the GRE (general) score.

Required Materials:
  • Application form
  • Official copies of transcripts of all completed university course work
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude tests (verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions) scores
http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/education/i2cs/degadm.html

MSEE Admission requirements: To be considered for admissions to the MSEE graduate program, UIUC and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires applicants to:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in electrical or computer engineering (or related field) or the equivalent from an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0. Typically, applicants with a GPA less than 3.25/4.0 are not admitted.
  • Submit scores on the TOEFL exam. International applicants whose native language is not English and who have attended a University in an English-speaking country for less than two years must submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL score must be at least 590 (or 243 for the computer-based TOEFL exam); however, if it is below 620 (260 for the computer-based exam), an English as Second Language Placement exam must be taken on the campus and the courses required by its results must be taken. If available, rank in class should also be submitted for international applicants.
  • Submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude tests (verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions).
Required Materials:
  • Application form
  • Official copies of transcripts of all completed university course work
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude tests (verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions) scores
  • Preferences form
  • Tentative online degree plan
http://online.engr.uiuc.edu/degrees/electrical.htm

MSME Admission requirements: To be considered for admissions to the MSME graduate program, the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering requires applicants to have the following qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in engineering or related field or the equivalent from an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.25/4.0 for the last 60 semester hours (or last two years) or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate study and 3.50/4.0 for previous graduate degree work.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Graduate applicants may be exempt from TOEFL if they have completed at least two academic years of full-time instruction in a country where English is the primary language and in a school where English is the primary language of instruction. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign defines full-time study as consisting of at least 12 credit hours each semester. This study must have been completed within five years of the proposed date of enrollment in the online program. Currently, the MIE department requires a minimum TOEFL score of 610 (paper-based) or 257 (computer-based) to be considered for admission. All applicant's need three letters of reference. These letters should come from instructors in the applicant's undergraduate programs or from employers who can address quantitative and qualitative skills as well as potential success in graduate school.
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are NOT required for online applicants to the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
Required Materials:
  • Application form
  • Official copies of transcripts of all completed university course work
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose
  • Class ranking if available
  • Areas of Specialization form
  • TOEFL scores if applicable
http://online.engr.uiuc.edu/degrees/mechanical.htm

Tuition Costs:
Current tuition is $538 per 1/4 unit (equivalent to 1 hour)

Learning Environment for students:
The Online Engineering program utilizes a variety of formats for developing and preparing courses for delivery via the Internet. The most common format is streaming audio and video accompanying a PowerPoint presentation. The lecture is recorded during the on-campus version of the class and then encoded for online distribution. Examples can be viewed at http://online.engr.uiuc.edu/demos.htm and and at http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/education/i2cs/courses.html.

The modes of communication will vary between courses. Various forms of interaction are possible: email, telephone, scheduled periodic audio conferences, and WebBoard. The latter is an asynchronous conferencing system that allows for threaded discussions and provides a password-protected virtual board for each course. The instructor can choose one or all of these options and they will be incorporated into the online format.

Homework submission will vary by course. Most homework is submitted by email, mail, or fax. Some courses require students to log into the University computing system to submit assignments and run programs.

All examinations are held in a proctored environment. Students typically utilize personnel their HR or training department as proctors. In other cases students may be required to visit another institution or a testing center. Suitable environments and proctors for examinations are approved by the ONLINE STAFF of the Office of Continuing Engineering Education.

Operating System Requirements:
All CS, ECE, GE, MatSE, and ME courses require a Windows operating system.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Pentium 266 or Higher
  • 64M Ram
  • High speed connection such as cable, DSL, LAN, etc.*
  • 256 Color Display
  • Audio Card and Speakers
*56K modem connections are not guaranteed to provide sufficient bandwidth to view courses with streaming video lectures. Students with only a modem connection should contact the Office of Continuing Engineering Education before registering for courses.

Software Requirements
  • Internet Explorer (5.0 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (6.4-8.0)
Some courses may take advantage of other multimedia components and thus require additional software. For course specific information check out the course home pages.

Accomplishments/Recognition
All online courses are taught by faculty and staff of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.