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Welcome, M.Eng. Class of 2020!
Tour of the Institute for Genomics Biology
Congratulations to the Class of 2019 M.Eng. in Bioengineering graduates!
Leadership workshop team building activity
Tour of the Jump Simulation Center at Everitt Lab
Field trip to a start-up medical device company
Students work in teams to develop professional skills

Bridging the skills gap through the intersection of engineering and business

Designed for those looking for a “stepping stone” to technical and managerial careers in the healthcare industry, our professional master’s degree program combines the strengths of the College of Engineering and the College of Business at the University of Illinois. Graduates are equipped with bioengineering technical skills and big-picture business perspective—trained to find creative solutions to complex, multi-level systems problems.

The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Bioengineering is a professional, non-thesis master’s degree program designed for industry-bound professionals who seek to advance their technical breadth and depth in fields related to bioengineering, while developing a fundamental understanding of key business concepts.  It bridges the skills gap by delving into greater technical depth than is possible in an undergraduate program.  The on-campus program is designed to be completed in the Fall and Spring semesters, while the online program offers flexibility towards degree completion.

This rigorous program will provide students with the advanced technical knowledge in bioengineering and a core transcriptable concentration:  Bioinstrumentation, Computational Genomics and General Bioengineering.  Each concentration will have a core set of requirements that meet the minimum requirements for the M.Eng. in Bioengineering degree.

The Bioinstrumentation and General Bioengineering concentrations are also available under the online M.Eng. in Bioengineering degree program.

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The Bioinstrumentation concentration, with special focus on medical imaging devices, trains engineers to be industry leaders by combining rigorous graduate-level engineering coursework with fundamental business training on issues that confront professionals who develop products for biomedical imaging, medical diagnostics, genomics, and tools used in life science research.

At Illinois, you’ll delve into the fine points of biometric sensors, imaging technology, and life-changing clinical devices. You’ll also gain the hands-on experience, leadership ability, and professional skills needed to be successful in your chosen career.


Computational Genomics

There is growing need in major employers including pharmaceutical industry, biotech companies, agricultural industry, and numerous emerging startup companies related to personalized genomics.  The Computational Genomics concentration develops professionals who require deep knowledge of genomic biology with strong computational skills in preparation for careers in industry, national laboratories, health care industry, medical research and practice.

Our program will provide a combination of data science education (statistical inference, data wrangling, computer algorithms and programming, machine learning, and data management) within the context of real-world biomedical problem. In addition to scientific problem-solving skills, the program will also train students to become bioinformatics professionals with business proficiency such as project management, team building, and communications experience in a team-based working environment.


General Bioengineering

As the global healthcare system is undergoing transformation driven largely by an aging population, there is greater need for technological advances in medicine and bioengineering that will provide better healthcare at a lower cost. Industry also desires new graduates with knowledge of business issues that are rarely discussed in the undergraduate curriculum.

Hiring managers are also looking for engineers who show leadership potential, since it is common for engineers to work in team projects that require effective communication skills, the ability to resolve conflict within a team structure and project management skills.

The concentration in General Bioengineering is designed to bridge this skills gap by developing students with deeper understanding of general bioengineering concepts and more business acumen through coursework and an applied consulting project. The project will provide an opportunity for applied consulting work, exposing them to real-world industry issues.

The in-depth technical training combined with the core business classes required will develop well-rounded professionals entering the healthcare industry.