This is a named option within the Engineering M.Eng.

The named option Engine Systems is the only online engineering master's degree focused on internal combustion engine development. This interactive, web-based program provides internal combustion engine engineers with a broad base of skills in:

  • Dynamics and design
  • Combustion and fluid mechanics
  • Control and vibrations
  • Global teamwork

The program is tailored for working engineers, offering:

  • An online platform accessible to you from anywhere in the world
  • Flexible learning times
  • Courses and projects that apply immediately to real-world work
  • A supportive structure that keeps you on track

A small cohort of students is selected each fall term. Fall deadline is July 1.

Admission requirements for engineers interested in applying are:

  • A B.S. degree in engineering or similar degree from an ABET-accredited program

  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work) or a master's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00

This 30-credit program spans seven semesters, or three-and-a-half years. Students are required to attend a one-week residency on the UW–Madison campus each year of the program. For details, please contact Dr. Sandra Anderson, program director, at 608-890-2026; sandra.anderson@wisc.edu; or see the program website.

Graduate School Admissions

Graduate admissions is a two-step process between academic degree programs and the Graduate School. Applicants must meet requirements of both the program(s) and the Graduate School. Once you have researched the graduate program(s) you are interested in, apply online.  

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and processes related to funding.

Program Resources

Students in the Engineering M.Eng. programs are not permitted to accept teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research assistantships or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver. Students in these programs cannot enroll in other graduate programs nor take courses outside the prescribed curriculum. If you intend to combine study in this program with other academic programs at UW–Madison, please contact Shainah Greene, graduate programs coordinator (shainah.greene@wisc.edu).

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
No No Yes No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement All courses in this fixed curriculum program are graduate-level courses, identified with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute in the university's Course Guide (https://registrar.wisc.edu/course-guide/), and are offered exclusively to Graduate students in the M.Eng. degree program.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements Must retake any courses for which a grade below C is recorded.
Assessments and Examinations No formal examination required.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required COURSES

E P D 641 Essential Skills for Engineering Productivity2
E P D 642 Thermal Systems Engineering2
E P D 626 Engine Project Management3
E P D 622 Engine Design I2
E P D 623 Engine Design II4
E P D 624 Engine Performance and Combustion4
E P D 625 Engine Fluid Dynamics3
E P D 643 Analysis of Trends in Engines - Legislative Drivers and Alternative Fuels1
E P D 644 Analysis of Trends in Engines - Powertrain Technologies and Manufacturing1
E P D 627 Perspectives on Engine Modeling2
E P D 629 Powertrain Systems and Controls4

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Named Option-Specific Policies

Graduate Program Handbook

The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the program's policies and requirements.

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count graduate coursework from other institutions toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits from other institutions can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

Up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. Up to 7 credits of courses numbered 600 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count up to 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement, and the minimum graduate degree credit requirement, and up to 15 credits of courses numbered 700 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Probation

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

  1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).
  2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status).
  3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

All students have both a plan advisor and academic advisor (typically the program director or academic director for each program); programs without a fixed curriculum are required to meet with their advisor to outline an approved plan of study by the end of their first academic term.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Other

Students enrolled in these programs are not permitted to accept teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research assistantships or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver. Students in these programs cannot enroll in other graduate programs nor take courses outside the prescribed curriculum. If you intend to combine study in this program with other academic programs at UW-Madison, please contact Graduate Programs Coordinator Shainah Greene (Shainah.Greene@wisc.edu).

Graduate School Resources

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