The M.Eng. in Plasma Engineering program is a non-thesis, non-research degree program. Applicants must hold either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, physics, or related field. In addition, applicants must have at least a 3.0 or higher GPA in their last two years of undergraduate study.

International students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS Exam Scores.


Fall Term:

  • International: May 1
  • Domestic and UIUC students: July 1

Spring Term:

  • International: November 1
  • Domestic and UIUC students: December 1

Summer Term:

  • All Applicants: April 1



All parts of the application, including the application fee, must be received by the application deadline. Late applications may not be accepted. In addition, incomplete applications will be subject to denial. In addition, all admission decisions will be communicated via email to the email address provided in the application.

  1. Complete the university’s Online Application.
  2. Pay the application fee – $70 for US citizens and permanent residents and $90 for international students.  Application fee must be paid using a credit card through the online application and is non-refundable.
  3. Submit unofficial transcripts for all completed university coursework with the Online Application. Official transcripts will be required upon admission and acceptance to the program.
  4. Submission of 3 Letters of Recommendation.  Individuals writing letters of recommendation on your behalf should submit their letters through the online application system.
  5. Submit a Statement of Purpose. Please write a statement that answers the following questions (1,000 words max): a) How has your academic and professional background, including any professional training, prepared you for graduate study?, b) How will our program help you achieve your intellectual and professional goals?, and c) What are your academic interests, and why do you wish to pursue graduate studies in this specific program?
  6. Resume.  This is a part of the online application form.  Your resume should address your education, job experience, remarkable achievements, publications, organizations, awards, and leadership experiences.
  7. All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of English proficiency.  Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS.  For more information, please visit English Proficiency Requirements.  Please note: TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.  International students may check to see if they are exempt from this requirement based on their country of citizenship.
  8. Check your status of your application materials to ensure all materials have been submitted.

The GRE is not required.


Financial Certification Form – Completed only if offered admission

If admission is offered, international applicants must submit the Financial Form and certification of finances. This form does not need to be submitted with the application materials.

Learn more about the Application Evaluation Process.

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