Best engineering graduate schools in Illinois

A master's degree in engineering is your ticket to faster career advancement or leadership and research roles in an engineering firm or government organization. Taking 1-2 years to complete, this degree can lead to anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 more in annual earnings compared to the bachelor’s degree in engineering. Explore the best engineering masters programs below.

Our master’s in engineering rankings cover 143 of the 290 universities available, accounting for 85% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $93,141.

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#1 in Illinois | #82 in Engineering nationally

University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

Economic score: 0.37

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $80,692

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,270

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $29,155

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.36

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Illinois | #97 in Engineering nationally

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

Economic score: 0.42

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $86,867

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,620

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $38,478

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.44

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Illinois | #106 in Engineering nationally

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Economic score: 0.46

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $121,868

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $22,286

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $66,217

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.54

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Illinois | #109 in Engineering nationally

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.47

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $83,565

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,555

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $37,859

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.45

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Illinois | #118 in Engineering nationally

University of Illinois Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.55

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $78,368

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $15,897

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $37,173

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.47

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Illinois | #130 in Engineering nationally

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.98

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $84,354

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $13,116

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $71,692

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.85

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois

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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois

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University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois

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DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

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How long does it take to pay down debt in engineering in Illinois?

Years

Under 6 months

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in engineering is covered by average graduate earnings in under 6 months.

How much do graduates with master's degree in engineering earn in Illinois?

Salary

$84,314

The median master's degree in engineering graduate earns $84,314 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in engineering cost in Illinois?

Net cost

$14,321

The average annual cost of a master's degree in engineering is $14,321. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.