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What will I learn?

The M.S. in Engineering is a college-wide program that provides both breadth and depth of learning through coursework and research. Students can focus on one of the following concentrated areas of study:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Occupational Biomechanics / Ergonomics
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering

The Master’s Degree in Engineering is designed for both working professionals and aspiring researchers. Students may choose either a Thesis Option or a Non-Thesis Option.

The Thesis Option allows students to pursue advanced coursework leading to an original thesis research project, supervised by a faculty advisor. Naturally, we encourage students to pursue the development of a thesis. However, if you have prior engineering or scientific work experience and are seeking an MS for professional advancement, the Non-Thesis Option is a great alternative that requires additional coursework in lieu of a thesis.

The Master’s Degree in Engineering does not require a rigid set of courses, so you have the flexibility to design your program of study that is compatible with your career objectives. This feature also makes the Master’s Degree a solid stepping stone for doctoral level study.

Program Requirements

  • 30 credits for the thesis option and 31 credits for the non-thesis option.
  • Courses numbered 400 and above that carry a U/G or G credit designation may be taken for graduate credit.
  • No more than three credits of independent study are allowed in the MS Program
  • Courses required for a baccalaureate degree may not be used for subsequent graduate credit.

Thesis Option

  • A minimum of 15 credits in a technical program of studies, 9 of approved electives, and 6 thesis credits are required.
  • At least 15 credits, not including thesis, must be in 700-level courses or higher.
  • Required 3 credit Graduate Seminar course.
  • At least 12 credits, including thesis, must be earned at UWM.

Non-Thesis Option

  • 31 credits of coursework are required. The coursework must include a minimum of 21 credits in an approved technical program of study and 9 credits must be approved electives.
  • At least 16 credits must be in 700-level courses or higher.
  • At least 1 credit of the Graduate Seminar course

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,876.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected April, September 2022

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Engineering and Applied Science

3200 North Cramer Street,



53211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission to the UWM Graduate School must have the following: A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent as determined by the UWM Centre on International Education, from a regionally accredited institution, completed before the first term of enrolment in the Graduate School. Students applying to approved integrated bachelor’s/master’s programs are exempt from this requirement, A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent measure on a grading system that does not use a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Undergraduate major in engineering, mathematics, or a natural science.

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

English proficiency requirement: TOEFL IBT - 79 – 120; IELTS - 6.5 - 9.0; Cambridge English Advanced/Cambridge English Proficiency - C1 level or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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