Application Evaluation Process


Admission into the M.Eng. in Aerospace Systems Engineering Program is subject to the evaluations and recommendations given by a committee of faculty members.  Qualified applicants will have their application reviewed based on the following criteria.

  • Competitive GPA based on the last two years of their undergraduate degree.
  • Display of a solid technical background to show the applicant is ready for graduate level coursework in this field.
  • GRE scores – GRE requirements are waived for SP21 and FA21 applications. The department does not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE, but a quantitative score in the 80th percentile is recommended.  (Scores on the GRE, General Test, are required of all applicants to the Department of Aerospace Engineering.  Score reports must be coded to reach our program directly from ETS.  The code for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836.  The code for the Department of Aerospace Engineering is 1601.  Scores from ETS are entered into one university database so there is no need to resubmit scores if you apply to more than one department.)
  • Demonstration of strong communication skills through written application materials, letters of recommendations, and TOEFL scores (for international students only).  The TOEFL is required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship.  We will also accept IELTS score.  For more information, please check English Proficiency Requirements.
  • Strong letters of recommendations that highlight applicant’s leadership and communication skills as well as academic ability.
  • Informative “Statement of Purpose” and “Resume” that explains applicant’s background, experiences, education and career goals, leadership, and attractions to field of Aerospace Systems.
  • Complete application, which means all application materials have to reach the department by the application deadline.


  • The Admissions Committee carefully reviews and evaluates all applicants.
  • All admission decisions will be communicated via email to the email address provided in applicant’s application.  Additional certification or documentation may be required from applicants who are recommended for admission in order to process the admission recommendation with the Graduate College Admission Office.
  • Applicants who are recommended for admission will need to submit an official final transcript (which shows completion of all courses and degree awarded) upon final review by the Graduate College Admission Office.


Program Highlights


Earn a Professional Master’s Degree (non-thesis) in 1 year or 3 semesters.

32 credit hour program – see curriculum for more information.

Customize your degree with a wide array of courses and professional development opportunities.

Prepare for leadership in your career by applying breadth and depth of knowledge in this area.

On-campus and online options

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