M.Eng. Admissions

Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering Leadership (M.Eng.)

The M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering Leadership* is a professional master's degree designed for early to mid-career engineers who aspire to become industry leaders. Our M.Eng. program leverages the expertise of The Grainger College of Engineeringthe College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Gies College of Business — all highly ranked schools by U.S. News and World Report — to equip graduates with the technical knowledge and business acumen to advance the industry and deliver success in a dynamic environment.

The 34-credit program, which is typically completed in 12-24 months, can be completed in-person or online.

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Note: the M.Eng. program is a terminal professional degree. If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree, please see chbe.illinois.edu/admissions/graduate to learn about program requirements.

*The degree is formally titled Master of Engineering in Engineering, Chemical Engineering Leadership Concentration.

Hear about the program, straight from the source: 


Introduction to ChBE's new master's program

Learn more about ChBE's new master's program from program director Hong Yang, plus faculty, department and school leaders, and more.

Why should you choose an M.Eng. degree?

Today's challenges are more complex, dynamic, and multi-disciplined in nature than ever.  Climate change, sustainability, aging infrastructure, food and water insecurity, supply chain disruptions, and cybersecurity are just a few of the major challenges facing the global society both today and well into the future.  Engineers will play a critical role, but it will take more than technical skills and innovation to solve these complex and dynamic issues.

Our industry requires leaders who are capable of fulfilling three critical roles: (1) an innovative engineer, (2) a global businessperson, and (3) an effective manager of diverse teams. At the intersection of the three roles, high-value solutions to the world’s most difficult challenges will emerge. Our Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering Leadership program is designed to develop the skills needed to fulfill these roles through graduate-level courses, exclusive industry-led workshops, and capstone opportunities to apply what you have learned to tackle high-value problems. 

Ultimately, this professional degree program trains students to become engineers with advanced technical knowledge of chemical engineering and communication, leadership, and management skills.

Differentiating our program.

Based on feedback from industry executives, we’ve packaged the most marketable and applicable skills from a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and an MBA to create an M.Eng. that is the best of both worlds. Graduate prepared to help corporations, startups, and society adapt to the ever-changing times and address complex societal challenges. Plus, we've developed this program to suit your unique lifestyle and needs. 

  • Work towards your degree full-time or part-time to accommodate your schedule and obligations.
  • Achieve your degree online or in person — whatever suits you best.
  • Tailor your electives to gain specialized knowledge that will help you get to the next level.
  • Choose a capstone project or practicum that aligns with your interests and skills. 
  • Design a personal development plan that outlines immediate, near-term, and long-term actions to ensure that you achieve your career objectives.

Building our curricular framework.

Our M.Eng. degree requirements combine technical, business, and leadership core courses that cover a range of essential topics including financial analysis, management, and strategic planning.

Students will witness how industry applies these concepts in the real world through the program's industry workshops and then have the opportunity to employ what they have learned through the hands-on capstone course

Becoming an engineering leader starts with a mastery of engineering principles. Our program's faculty offer expertise in engineering and design to help you build upon your foundational knowledge and master your understanding of material properties, synthesis, and processing and build your capability to develop innovative technologies and processes.

Advanced core skills: Develop advanced engineering skills required to solve complex problems, including applied mathematics, transport phenomena, data analysis, and others.

Technical electives: Select an elective in special topic areas to build technical depth in an area of interest or desired expertise. 

The business management part of the program focuses on the skills and fundamentals required by leaders to identify, define, and deliver value to customers, organizations, and society.  Develop an understanding of the value fundamentals of accounting, finance, and uncertainty analysis and learn how to define and deliver value.

Value fundamentals: In order to make sound business decisions, engineering leaders and managers must understand the fundamental principles of accounting and finance that are used to define and quantify value.

Value-chain management: Engineering leaders routinely develop and manage projects and operations that design, build, manufacture, and deliver products.  Understanding the concepts and tools used to analyze the value at each step and to develop strategies and make decisions to maximize value is critical to an engineering leader’s role.

Leaders in today’s rapidly changing world need to be capable of leading on multiple fronts simultaneously and must leverage the skills and abilities of every member of the team to maximize overall value. Learning the leadership skills to foster, develop, and deliver innovative solutions is important whether you are in a mature industry or a cutting-edge entrepreneur.

Personal leadership: Understand your leadership strengths, style, and growth opportunities, and how to effectively use them in both team member and team leader roles.

Leading high-performing teams: Learn how to be an effective team member and a team leader that maximizes the contribution of all team members to tackle complex problems with multidisciplinary solutions. 

Leading innovation: Develop skills to identify, define, and deliver innovative solutions in various organizational settings.  Learn how to foster creative thinking within and between teams.

Questions about M.Eng.?

Contact us with questions about the program!

99 Roger Adams Laboratory, MC-712
600 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801, USA
tel: 217-300-4452
email: chbe-meng@illinois.edu

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Hong Yang
Director, M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering Leadership

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Program Coordinator, M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering Leadership

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