Beacon Education (China Online)

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The China Online Program is designed for working professionals and students who reside in China. Working in partnership with Beacon Education, Illinois Tech is leveraging the comprehensive teaching and learning platform that was designed and optimized in China to provide an outstanding educational experience. The Beacon team consists of Tsinghua University graduates whose vision is:

“The transformation of global education through a comprehensive, high-quality, and innovative online teaching and learning platform. The efficient and effective development of knowledge and skills to help learners, educators, and employers prepare for the future of work. The availability and accessibility of the world’s leading educational experiences through the power of the internet.”

Currently six programs are available to students residing in China through the China Online Program.

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Application Requirements for Working Professionals

  • GRE scores are waived
  • TOEFL is replaced by an interview

If you have questions regarding admission to Illinois Tech, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at

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GRE is recommended but not mandatory for programs offered with Beacon Education for applicants in China.

TOEFL is recommended but alternative testing options and interviews are available. Please discuss with your program advisor at Beacon Education for more details.

Your diploma and transcripts will not indicate that the degree is completed online. The diploma and transcripts will be identical to those of a student who completes his or her studies on campus.

The on-campus and online programs have the same courses, same syllabi, and are taught by the same faculty.

Yes. Once you are admitted to the online program, you will have the same resources as on-campus students including students’ accounts, registration status, library services, etc.

You can apply to IIT before the semester starts if you want to transfer to on-campus study. IIT will issue the I-20 form and you will need to apply for your F1-Visa before you travel.

On-campus graduate students typically find housing options around the campus.

It depends on how many courses you take each semester. IIT engineering programs typically have 30-32 credits. If you take 2 courses a semester, it takes about 18 months to complete the entire program. 

You can finish the entire degree program within 6 years.

Yes, you can apply for OPT but it's not guaranteed unless guidelines are followed. Please work with the International Office during the OPT application process.

There is a chance to roll into a Ph.D. program. It is a separate process through Graduate Admission and Beacon can get you in touch with the grad admission team.

Beacon Education is not an agent. Beacon Education Limited, along with its affiliates (北京彼岸京华教育科技有限公司) is the exclusive authorized service provider for the online and hybrid degree programs for students in China.

Tuition and fees will be facilitated by our partner, Beacon Education Limited, along with its affiliates (北京彼岸京华教育科技有限公司), who will support you through payment, enrollment, and study. The payment account is Beijing Bi An Guang Education&Technology Co., Ltd. 北京彼岸光教育科技有限公司