Certificates & Concentrations

Some research centers within Engineering at Illinois offer certificate programs to current graduate students, which allow students to develop a breadth of interdisciplinary understanding that complements the depth of knowledge in their major field. Students complete the certificate program in parallel with their degree program and are eligible to apply to a certificate program after they have started their graduate degree program.

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE)

CSE provides students with the opportunity to gain expertise in advanced computing technology as well as in one or more applied disciplines. In order to complete the CSE certificate, students must be pursuing either a master’s degree or Ph.D. in one of the participating departments.

Energy and Sustainability Engineering (EaSE)

The EaSE certificate aims to educate students to fill the rising demands of a global workforce and growing need for education and training in the area of energy and sustainability challenges. The purposeful mixture of core, breadth and depth allows students to tackle problems in research, planning, development and implementation of advanced technologies, as well as the interface between technology and society.

Cancer Scholars for Translational and Applied Research (C*STAR)

Through a collaborative endeavor, Carle Foundation Hospital's Cancer Center and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have established the Cancer Scholars for Translational and Applied Research (C*STAR) graduate educational program that fosters translational research and near-term benefits to the patients served in the community. Each institution offers expertise and strong programs in cancer that are complementary. The university offers strength in basic science, technology and engineering. Within this area, there are four distinct but interlocking themes: molecular mechanisms, diagnostic technologies and imaging, computational and precision medicine, and social and behavioral sciences. In a complementary manner, Carle has intersecting components that highlight pre-cancer or preventative care, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and survivorship (i.e., organ function, emotional and psychological well-being, and length and quality of life).

In alignment with Carle’s strategic plan, five cancer-based sites have been identified for focus and research. These areas are breast (area of emphasis with the greatest potential), prostate, gastrointestinal, gynecological, and lung.