Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

With 15 courses and two degree programs, the flagship of the Illinois university system sits at the No. 30 ranking. This story is part of CoinDesk's Education Week.

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The flagship institution of the public University of Illinois system, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) offers two graduate-level blockchain degrees, a master's in financial engineering and a master of science in finance, with a fintech specialization. It also has 15 courses on blockchain, ranging from Principles of Blockchains, an engineering course, to Advanced Topics in Business Law.

This piece is part of CoinDesk's Education Week

2022 Rank
(+/- 2021)
University Name
30 (down 8)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
North America

UIUC has also hosted many events and conferences such as “Blockchain Summit: Empowering You to Manage Disruption” and “Leveraging Fintech.” Its blockchain research center, Decentralized Systems Lab, has a mission to build resilient public infrastructure for the world’s data. Its faculty director, assistant professor Andrew Miller, is also an associate director of I3C, the 10-university research center on crypto. UIUC scholars published 76 blockchain papers between 2019 and 2022, with 871 total citations.

Three student blockchain clubs, including the Cryptocurrency and Decentralized Finance Club, CryptoClub and Illini Blockchain, demonstrate UIUC student interest in the technology and its applications.


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Cathy Choo

Cathy Choo is on track to graduate from Yale-NUS College in 2024 with a major in mathematics.