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:

  • Combustion
  • Controls and vibrations
  • Engine design and performance
  • Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer

The program is tailored for working engineers, offering:

  • An online platform accessible to you from anywhere in the world
  • Courses and projects that apply immediately to real-world work

More information about this graduate degree can be found here.

Fall Deadline July 15
Spring Deadline This program does not admit in the spring.
Summer Deadline This program does not admit in the summer.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Not required; recommend that applicants submit scores if already taken the GRE exam.
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/#english-proficiency).
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3

A small cohort of students is selected each fall term. This 30-credit program can be completed in as little as 2.5 years.

Admission requirements for engineers interested in applying are:

  • A B.S. degree in mechanical engineering or similar degree from an ABET-accredited program. Please contact Program Director to discuss your specific background.

  • Students without the required mechanical engineering background may still be eligible for the program upon the successful completion of leveling courses offered during the summer semester.

  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work).

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 Engineering Professional Development's Students Services Department (studentservices@epd.wisc.edu).

Federal Loans

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to receive some level of funding through the federal direct loan program. These loans are available to qualified graduate students who are taking at least four credits during the Fall and Spring semesters, and two credits during Summer. Private loans are also available. Learn more about financial aid at financialaid.wisc.edu.

Employer Support

Many students receive some financial support from their employers. Often, students find it beneficial to sit down with their employer and discuss how this program applies to their current and future responsibilities. Other key points to discuss include how participation will not interrupt your work schedule.

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

Required courses:
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 Gas Dynamics2
E P D 627 Perspectives on Engine Modeling2
E P D 628 Analysis of Trends in Engines2
E P D 629 Powertrain Systems and Controls4
E P D 633 Engine Boosting2
E P D 642 Thermal Systems Engineering2
E P D 720 Engine Noise and Vibration2
Electives:4
Technical Project Management
Engine Design III
Special Topics in Engineering Professional Development
Writing for Professionals
Professional Presentations
Organizational Communication and Problem Solving
Change Management
Creating Breakthrough Innovations
Ethics for Professionals
Key Legal Concepts for Professionals
Financial and Business Acumen
Marketing for Non-Marketing Professionals
Leading Teams
Project Management Essentials
Effective Negotiation Strategies
Other courses with program director approval.
Total Credits30

Summer Residency:

A brief (2-3 day) summer residency at University of Wisconsin--Madison is required annually.

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

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.

grievances and appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Students should contact the department chair or program director with questions about grievances.

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 EPD Student Services (studentservices@epd.wisc.edu).

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