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Graduate Admissions

Becoming a Graduate Student

Comprehensive information on the NPRE ILLINOIS Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees can be found in the Graduate College Program of Study. The Program of Study provides admission information including program prerequisites, application deadlines, GRE and TOEFL requirements, and MEng and PhD degree requirements.

Between September 16, 2019, and January 15, 2020, the Grainger College of Engineering is offering an application fee waiver to domestic applicants who apply to a Grainger Engineering PhD program and who hold a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in their undergraduate degree. Qualified applicants must select the option “Are you applying for the 3.5 GPA or higher app fee waiver?” from the dropdown box in the “Fee Section” of the online admission application. Applicants must meet the admission requirements (including application deadline) for the sought PhD program in order to receive the application fee waiver. Applicants who have questions may contact Kim Sgarbossa at .

How to Apply

Now that you have decided to join us at the Grainger College of Engineering, here are some general guidelines and steps to apply. Be sure to check with your department for any additional requirements.

Begin Graduate Application

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  1. Review all application requirements and prepare for each stage of the application process.
  2. Complete the online application through the Graduate College
  3. Carefully read all emails sent from the department and university to ensure no additional forms must be completed after you submit the online application.
  4. Follow up with the department before the application deadline to ensure all application materials have been received. Many departments have an online system that allows you to see what application materials have not been received.

Admissions Requirements and Process

View degree requirements, TOEFL, fees, transcripts, statements, references, GRE, financial certification.

See the program requirements

Contact: Becky Meline

Graduate Admissions Contact

Becky Meline
216 Talbot Laboratory, MC-234
104 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

fax: 217/333-2906

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General Questions

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
216 Talbot Laboratory, MC-234
104 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

fax: 217/333-2906

Contact Us


Salary Averages

A degree from NPRE ILLINOIS will prepare you to achieve your professional goals. Our graduates consistently earn more than the national average.


Our graduates land positions with industry leaders like Exelon, Sargent & Lundy, Enercon, First Energy, Intel, Sematech, and many national laboratories.


With a net faculty increase in recent years and over $4.6 million in research expenditures annually, NPRE ILLINOIS stands out among its peers.


With a world-known high-tech fusion device (HIDRA), the Functional X-Ray Imaging Lab, and numerous cutting-edge facilities, NPRE helps students have access to resources that they need.