Master of Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the Master of Engineering degree does qualify for the OPT STEM extension.

We do not require a BS in engineering for MEng applicants. While we do encourage all passionate and interested students to apply, this program was designed for students with an engineering or natural sciences background. If you have any questions about your preparation for the program, please contact the Program Director or the academic advisor for your track of interest.

The application process is a holistic review of the applicant. GPA scores are assessed with all elements of the application. If you feel your GPA does not reflect your skills and abilities, you are welcome to include a personal explanatory statement.

No, but it is considered a relevant part of the applicant consideration.

No. GRE and GMAT scores will not be accepted or reviewed.

The campus’ policy towards Proof of English Proficiency for prospective graduate students can be found here.

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded via the application portal and are suitable for application review.  All applicants who are offered admission will be required to submit official degree verifications and transcripts.  Applicants will be provided complete instructions on the process at the appropriate time.




Two letters of recommendation are all that are required.

Decisions are expected to be released 6 – 8 weeks after the application deadline.

There are three specialization “tracks” available for the Master of Engineering: Bio- and ImmunoengineeringMaterials for Sustainability and Health, and Computational Modeling of Materials.

You will receive a Master of Engineering.

Master of Engineering courses are held on the main campus of the University of Chicago located in Hyde Park, approximately eight (8) miles south of downtown Chicago. Classes generally meet 2 or 3 times per week. While this program may be taken either part-time or full-time, we do not currently offer most classes on the weekend or in the evening. The ability to complete the program while working full-time will be dependent on the schedule of classes offered and the flexibility of your employer.