Fall Deadline December 15*
Spring Deadline October 1
Summer Deadline This program does not admit in Summer.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Not required
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

 The Graduate School sets minimum requirements for admissions. Academic program admission requirements are often more rigorous than those set by the Graduate School. Please check the program website for details and admissions deadlines.

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 restrictions related to funding.


The Department of Engineering Physics does not offer assistantship positions to its MS - Aerospace students.  The  semesters of the program are academically accelerated, and students are not expected to accommodate time for assistantship work.

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


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

Mode of Instruction Definitions


Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework must be completed graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements Courses in which grades of BC, C, or below are received cannot be counted toward the degree except as follows: 1) Credits of C will be allowed provided they are balanced by twice as many credits of A or by four times as many credits of AB, 2) Credits of BC will be allowed provided they are balanced by twice as many credits of AB or by an equal number of credits of A.
Assessments and Examinations No formal examination required.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required Courses

First Year
E P/​E M A  5473E M A 601 (Mechanics Seminar)1If needed, 4 additional credits14
E M A 601 (Mechanics Seminar)1Select an additional 12 credits12 
Select an additional 9 credits9  
 13 13 4
Total Credits 30
  • Students must take at least one class (3 credits) in E M A at the 700-level or above (any course numbered 700 or greater). Seminar, research, and co-op courses (such as E M A 790 Master's Research and Thesis, E M A 890 Pre-Dissertator Research, E M A 990 Research and Thesis, and E M A 702 Graduate Cooperative Education Program) are not eligible to satisfy this requirement.
  • To establish sufficient depth in aerospace sciences, the courses selected must involve completion of at least two of the following five topical areas. You should check the future course offerings plans2 when choosing, since not all courses are offered every year (and hence not all topical areas can be completed every year). 
  • The additional courses required to meet the 30-credit minimum for completion of the degree should be selected from among the courses listed below.


Fluid Mechanics1

E M A 521 Aerodynamics 23
Select one:3
Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
Rocket Propulsion
Intermediate Gas Dynamics
Turbulent Heat and Momentum Transfer

Rigid Body Dynamics1

E M A 542 Advanced Dynamics 23
Select one:3
Flight Dynamics and Control
Satellite Dynamics
Kinematics and Dynamics of Machine Systems

Structural Dynamics1

Select one: 23
Intermediate Vibrations
Mechanical Vibrations
Linear Systems
Select one:3
Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis
Structural Finite Element Model Validation
Nonlinear and Random Mechanical Vibrations

Aerospace Mechanics and Materials1

Select two courses:6
Advanced Mechanics of Materials I
Heterogeneous and Multiphase Materials
Composite Materials
Mechanics of Continua
Viscoelastic Solids
Theory of Elasticity
Plasticity Theory and Physics


Select one: 23
Introduction to Finite Elements
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Select one:3
Advanced Topics in Finite Elements
Introduction to Design Optimization
Optimum Design of Mechanical Elements and Systems
Methods of Computational Mathematics I
High Performance Computing for Applications in Engineering

Elective Courses

Fall Course Offerings

E C E 717 Linear Systems3
E M A 506 Advanced Mechanics of Materials I3
E M A 521 Aerodynamics3
E M A 524 Rocket Propulsion3
E M A/​M S & E  541 Heterogeneous and Multiphase Materials3
E M A 605 Introduction to Finite Elements3
E M A 622 Mechanics of Continua3
E M A/​M E  703 Plasticity Theory and Physics3
E P/​E M A  547 Engineering Analysis I3
M E 440 Intermediate Vibrations3
M E/​E M A  540 Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis3
M E/​E M A  570 Experimental Mechanics3
M E 573 Computational Fluid Dynamics3

Spring Course Offerings

E M A 522 Aerodynamics Lab3
E M A 523 Flight Dynamics and Control3
E M A/​ASTRON  550 Astrodynamics3
E M A/​M E  570 Experimental Mechanics3
E M A 610 Structural Finite Element Model Validation3
E M A 611 Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials3
E M A 630 Viscoelastic Solids3
E M A 642 Satellite Dynamics3
E M A 705 Advanced Topics in Finite Elements3
E M A 747 Nonlinear and Random Mechanical Vibrations3
M E 563 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics3
M E 569 Applied Combustion3
M E 572 Intermediate Gas Dynamics3
M E 769 Combustion Processes3
M E/​CIV ENGR/​E M A  775 Turbulent Heat and Momentum Transfer3

Fall/Spring Course Offerings (offering varies)

E M A 700 Theory of Elasticity3
MATH 705 Mathematical Fluid Dynamics3
M E/​N E  520 Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer3
M E 561 Intermediate Thermodynamics3
M E 564 Heat Transfer3
M E 761 Topics in Thermodynamics3
M E 764 Advanced Heat Transfer I-Conduction3
M E 770 Advanced Experimental Instrumentation3
M E 774 Chem Kinetics of Combust Systems3

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

No transfer credits are allowed.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students are allowed to count up to 7 credits of coursework from the following list of courses:

E P/​E M A  547 Engineering Analysis I3
E P/​E M A  548 Engineering Analysis II3
E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials3
E M A/​M E  307 Mechanics of Materials Lab1
E M A 405 Practicum in Finite Elements3
E M A 405 Practicum in Finite Elements3
E M A 506 Advanced Mechanics of Materials I3
E M A/​CIV ENGR/​M E  508 Composite Materials3
E M A 519 Fracture Mechanics3
E M A 542 Advanced Dynamics3
E M A/​M E  570 Experimental Mechanics3
E M A 605 Introduction to Finite Elements3
E M A 611 Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials3
E M A 622 Mechanics of Continua3
E M A 642 Satellite Dynamics3
E M A 705 Advanced Topics in Finite Elements3

These may be counted toward the Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement as applicable. No credits may 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 15 credits of coursework numbered 400 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement, and the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. UW–Madison coursework taken as a University Special student would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s is not allowed to satisfy requirements.


A semester GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for one additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.


Each student is required to meet with his or her advisor prior to registration every semester.


15 credits

Time Constraints

Students are expected to complete the FAM degree program in one calendar year, i.e., 12 months (summer session plus two semesters). One additional semester is permitted to complete the requirements, if needed.

Grievances and Appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Engineering Mechanics Grievance Procedures

Students who feel that they have been treated unfairly have the right to a prompt hearing of their grievance.  Such complaints may involve course grades, classroom treatment, advising, various forms of harassment, or other issues. Any student or potential student may use these procedures.

  • The student should speak first with the person toward whom the grievance is directed. In most cases, grievances can be resolved at this level.

  • Should a satisfactory resolution not be achieved, the student should contact the program’s Grievance Advisor to discuss the grievance. The Graduate Student Coordinator can provide students with the name of this faculty member, who facilitates problem resolution through informal channels. The Grievance Advisor is responsible for facilitating any complaints or issues of students. The Grievance Advisor first attempts to help students informally address the grievance prior to any formal complaint. Students are also encouraged to talk with their faculty advisors regarding concerns or difficulties if necessary. University resources for sexual harassment concerns can be found on the UW Office of Equity and Diversity website.

  • If the issue is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student can submit the grievance to the Grievance Advisor in writing, within 60 calendar days of the alleged unfair treatment.

  • On receipt of a written complaint, a faculty committee will be convened by the Grievance Advisor to manage the grievance.  The program faculty committee will obtain a written response from the person toward whom the complaint is directed. The response will be shared with the person filing the grievance.

  • The faculty committee will determine a decision regarding the grievance. The Grievance Advisor will report on the action taken by the committee in writing to both the student and the party toward whom the complaint was directed within 15 working days from the date the complaint was received.

  • At this point, if either party (the student or the person toward whom the grievance is directed) is unsatisfied with the decision of the faculty committee, the party may file a written appeal. Either party has 10 working days to file a written appeal to the College of Engineering.

The Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs (engr-dean-graduateaffairs@engr.wisc.edu) provides overall leadership for graduate education in the College of Engineering (CoE) and is a point of contact for graduate students who have concerns about education, mentoring, research, or other difficulties.

The Graduate School has procedures for students wishing to appeal a grievance decision made at the college level. These policies are described in the Academic Policies and Procedures at https://grad.wisc.edu/academic-policies/.


Students in the accelerated Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics (M.S.) program are not eligible for graduate assistantships; as it is an accelerated program students are not expected to accommodate time for assistantship work.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 



Paul Wilson (Chair)
Matt Allen
Riccardo Bonazza
Curt A. Bronkhorst
Wendy Crone
Chris Hegna
Douglass Henderson
Roderic Lakes
Oliver Schmitz
Carl Sovinec
Kumar Sridharan
Fabian Waleffe


Jennifer Choy
Adrien Couet
Stephanie Diem
Jennifer Franck
Benedikt Geiger
Ben Lindley
Jacob Notbohm
Ramathasan Thevamaran
Yongfeng Zhang

See also Engineering Physics Faculty Directory.