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New Degrees at Illinois Tech

Illinois Tech regularly updates our academic degree offerings to ensure that our students study and research relevant disciplines. For example, Illinois Tech was a pioneer in developing our M.S. in Data Science degree program. Today, data science is a rapidly growing, high-impact field, and our graduates with data science experience are in demand across multiple industries.

The below academic degrees have been added since October 2016. For more information about program offerings, visit the program websites.

Bachelor’s Degrees

College of Science

Bioanalytical Chemistry

At the heart of bioanalytical chemistry—a key discipline in biomedical research—is the analysis and detection of biologically active small molecules and biomolecules including protein, DNA, enzymes, and antibodies using chemical and biochemical methods. Applications include the study of biological processes, detection of human diseases, and pre-clinical and clinical trials of small drugs and biopharmaceutical products. Students will graduate prepared for competitive careers in the fields of bioanalysis, and biomedical, clinical, and pharmaceutical sciences.

Illinois Tech is the first university in the country to offer a bioanalytical chemistry B.S. program.

Environmental Chemistry

Students will study and learn how to apply chemistry to address environmental issues in areas spanning environmental protection and remediation, energy, green chemistry, and more. The environmental chemistry B.S. program provides students the advanced skills to develop careers in the fields of atmospheric and environmental science, environmental analytical chemistry, or environmental health science.

This is the only program of its kind in the Chicago area.

Forensic Chemistry

This forensic chemistry degree will prepare students for a variety of professional pathways: forensic science, forensic toxicology and DNA analysis, criminalistics, forensic investigation, forensic medicine, or forensic drug analysis. Students will learn chemical applications for the analysis, detection, and characterization of forensic and controlled substances, and develop experience through systematic training in chemical science and chemical and instrumental analysis.

Illinois Tech is the only university in the Chicago area to offer a B.S. program in forensic chemistry.

Medicinal Chemistry

In this specialized area of chemistry, students will learn to apply chemical science to drug design and discovery for the detection and cure of human diseases. Illinois Tech’s medicinal chemistry B.S. program will provide students with a sound interdisciplinary understanding of drug action and drug design. Graduates will be prepared to advance in the biomedical, medical, or pharmaceutical fields.

This is the only program of its kind in Illinois and one of only a handful in the country.

Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry

Students will experience the cutting-edge disciplines of computational modeling and big data in chemistry. In this program students will study chemical and molecular modeling and simulation, computational chemical biology, computational drug design, and computational methods for data analytics. The program will prepare students to advance in the rapidly growing fields of computational and data science.

Illinois Tech is the only university to offer a comprehensive computer-related program with course requirements covering chemical and biochemical science, computational techniques, and data science.

Co-Terminal Degrees

Illinois Tech’s co-terminal degrees allow students to complete both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics/Master of Mathematical Finance

The Master of Mathematical Finance is a joint program offered by the Department of Applied Mathematics (College of Science) and Stuart School of Business. It provides students who are interested in pursuing careers in financial risk management an advanced education in theoretical, computational, and business aspects of quantitative methodologies relevant to the financial industry.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions

This pre-medical program is designed to help students enhance their academic experience (including lab electives) and become stronger applicants for professional health schools, including medical, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy schools.

Bachelor of Science in Biology/Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions

This pre-medical program is designed to help students enhance their academic experience (including lab electives) and become stronger applicants for professional health schools, including medical, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy schools.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Master of Science in Sustainability Management

This M.S. program—one of just a few of its kind in the world and the only environmental sustainability program in Chicago offered within a business school—integrates law, science, and business to educate advanced management professionals who are capable of collaborating with scientists and engineers to find environmentally conscious business solutions. 

Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics/Master of Science in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics

Illinois Tech’s M.S. in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics enhances the coursework of more traditional graduate programs in biology, chemistry, and physics by offering a more integrated, molecular-based approach to understanding biological problems, taking insights from all three disciplines.

Master’s Degrees

Armour College of Engineering

MASTER OF COMPUTATIONAL ENGINEERING

Students who thrive on solving complex equations and are energized by delving into computer simulations and mathematical algorithms would be a good fit for the Master of Computational Engineering program. This new and growing multidisciplinary field offers career possibilities ranging from calculating the trajectory of satellites to designing aircraft to simulating molecular mechanics. Students will learn computational methodologies, tools, analysis, processing, and modeling capabilities that are central to succeeding in this dynamic engineering field.

MASTER OF ENGINEERING IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

To excel in today’s competitive business market, many companies in the automotive, aerospace, and chemical industries, for example, are advancing standard manufacturing practices to include innovative technology. In the Master of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing program, students will explore the latest technologies, such as digital manufacturing and additive manufacturing, as well as learning more traditional hardware-based methodologies.

MASTER OF ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

The Master of Engineering Management program allows new engineering graduates to explore the possibilities offered by advancing technology through strategic business practices. Seasoned employees who are looking to add a second skillset to their engineering portfolio would also do well in this degree program. It features two specialty tracks—project management or product design and development. Both will provide students with an accelerated pathway to management positions within engineering-based industries.

MASTER OF ENGINEERING IN URBAN SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

With greater emphasis today placed on urban living, the Master of Engineering in Urban Systems Engineering program prepares students to rise to the challenges of designing and maintaining tomorrow’s smart, sustainable cities. Core courses provide a solid knowledge base upon which to launch specializations in urban transportation systems, urban building systems, or the monitoring and control of urban systems. Students can also add on a variety of electives ranging from legal considerations to construction issues to real estate fundamentals.

MASTER OF ENGINEERING IN ENERGY SYSTEMS

With its reputation as having the first microgrid energy-distribution system of its kind in the country, Illinois Tech is well equipped to prepare students to meet the challenges of generating, storing, and converting energy. Microgrid Design and Operation is one of the courses offered in the energy conservation and buildings specialty within the Master of Engineering in Energy Systems program. Two additional specialty tracks—energy generation and sustainability, and energy transmission and markets—are taught by faculty who have set the bar in energy systems and will empower students to become the next energy pioneers.

MASTER OF PHARMACEUTICAL ENGINEERING

Designing new medicinal drugs, evaluating existing drugs, or improving upon pharmaceutical manufacturing processes are just some of the activities performed by a pharmaceutical engineer. In the Master of Pharmaceutical Engineering program, students first learn the basics of pharmaceutical engineering, drug delivery, bioprocess engineering, and entrepreneurship/intellectual property management before selecting from elective courses covering topics ranging from crystal growth to cardiovascular fluid mechanics to nanoscale imaging.

Lewis College of Human Sciences

Master of Science in Technical Communication and Information Architecture

In this program students connect the components of information structure that users rarely see directly, such as databases and data serialization formats, to a theoretically rich, interdisciplinary foundation in user-facing design of information, as well as in the deeper structures of databases and data-serialization formats.

Master of Science in Technology and Humanities

This degree program provides students with a humanities-focused foundation in communication practices, information and communication technologies, and the ways that information flows through and beyond organizations.

Stuart School of Business

Master of Science in Marketing Analytics

This program prepares students for careers in market research, business analytics, or social media marketing. Students learn to be forward-thinking marketing experts who can harness massive quantities of consumer data through marketing strategy, predictive analytics, and cognitive computing.

Master of Science in Sustainability Management

This M.S. program—one of just a few of its kind in the world and the only environmental sustainability program in Chicago offered within a business school—integrates law, science, and business to educate advanced management professionals who are capable of collaborating with scientists and engineers to find environmentally conscious business solutions. 

Ph.D. Degrees

School of Applied Technology

Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science and Nutrition

This specialized degree program leverages the power of collaborative research between Illinois Tech and the Food and Drug Administration. Illinois Tech students benefit immensely from focused interaction with FDA scientists and have special access to state-of-the-art laboratories.