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Master of Engineering | Digital Agriculture

With an advanced math and computer science focus, our online, non-thesis Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Digital Agriculture degree is the first interdisciplinary program specializing in digital agriculture. Designed for students and working professionals interested in learning the in-depth technical aspects of digital agriculture in a fully online environment, the M.Eng in Engineering with a concentration in digital agriculture builds on the groundwork laid by other programs which focus more on training and application of the technology making the agricultural system more efficient, resilient and sustainable.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2023

Deadline: May 31, 2023 for international students and domestic students

The departments of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Crop Sciences, and Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Center for Digital Agriculture are uniquely positioned to capitalize on the digital agriculture industry and make it an attractive location for aspiring students, professionals, and industry partners. Located in the epicenter of the country’s ag industry, UIUC is home to the Illinois Autonomous Farm, the Farm of the Future, the Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management and Sustainability (AIFARMS), and the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS) and offers state-of-the-art and world-renowned advanced computing resources through the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Advance Your Career

Venture capitalists invested $671.6 million in Ag Tech in 2019 and the demand for industry leaders with innovative ideas is higher than ever. Professionals and students in the following fields could jump start new career opportunities and benefit from the well-rounded curriculum:

  • Agricultural data science
  • Agricultural robotics and automation
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational biology
  • Precision agriculture
  • Programming for web and mobile applications for ag-related industries
  • Spatial agriculture
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Digital Agriculture is a quickly growing field and a surplus of jobs awaits professionals with a distinctive interdisciplinary combination of skills and backgrounds from agriculture and computer science. These career opportunities are projected to continue growing as agriculture companies continue to advance and bring more technology into their practices.

Ronaldo Maghirang, ABE Department Head & Professor