Admissions to the Mechanical Engineering: Controls, M.S. have been suspended as of fall 2018 and will be discontinued as of fall 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

This is a named option within the Mechanical Engineering M.S.

The Mechanical Engineering M.S. named option Controls is a primarily online degree that includes a full curriculum of courses incorporating the latest research and practices in drive, converter control, and sensor integration. This program consists of 27 online credits and 3 credits taken on campus through a summer laboratory course. The program includes courses in both mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and is designed for practicing engineers.

Admissions to the Mechanical Engineering: Controls, M.S. have been suspended as of fall 2018 and will be discontinued as of fall 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

Students with a strong background in mechanical engineering or a related field with interest in furthering their education in mechanical engineering are encouraged to apply for admission to the department. Applicants accepted into the program generally have an undergraduate grade point average well above the graduate school minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applications are evaluated on the basis of previous academic record, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.


Applications are accepted for admission during the fall semester.

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.

Program Resources

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 4 credits during the fall and spring semesters, and 2 credits during summer. Private loans are also available. Learn more about financial aid at

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


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

Mode of Instruction Definitions


Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 18 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) 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 Students must earn a C or above in all coursework.
Assessments and Examinations None.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required COURSES

A minimum of 24 formal course credits (minimum of 15 formal course credits in Mechanical Engineering taken at UW–Madison), one of these courses must be numbered 700 or higher. A minimum of 3 credits of independent study (M E 699). Remaining credits can be formal course credits or independent study.

Students are required to take the following course:
M E/​E C E  577 Automatic Controls Laboratory4
Students are required to take 9 credits (3 courses) from the following ME courses:
Automatic Controls
Computer Control of Machines and Processes
Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
Advanced Robotics
Dynamics of Controlled Systems
Advanced Computer Control of Machines and Processes

Courses Numbered 400 and above in M E which count toward course, independent study, research credit requirements:

M E/​B M E  415 Biomechanics of Human Movement3
M E 417 Transport Phenomena in Polymer Processing3
M E 418 Engineering Design with Polymers3
M E 419 Fundamentals of Injection Molding3
M E 420 Introduction to Polymer Composites Processing3
M E/​STAT  424 Statistical Experimental Design3
M E/​CBE/​CHEM/​E M A  425 Undergraduate Rheology Seminar1
M E 429 Metal Cutting3
M E 437 Advanced Materials Selection3
M E/​E C E  439 Introduction to Robotics3
M E 440 Intermediate Vibrations3
M E/​BSE/​FOOD SCI  441 Rheology of Foods and Biomaterials3
M E 444 Design Problems in Elasticity3
M E 445 Mechatronics in Control & Product Realization3
M E 446 Automatic Controls3
M E 447 Computer Control of Machines and Processes3
M E 448 Mechanical Systems Analysis3
M E 449 Redesign and Prototype Fabrication3
M E 450 Design and Dynamics of Vehicles3
M E 451 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machine Systems3
M E 460 Applied Thermal / Structural Finite Element Analysis3
M E 461 Thermal Systems Modeling3
M E/​M S & E  462 Welding Metallurgy3
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control3
M E 469 Internal Combustion Engines3
M E/​BSE  475 Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machinery3
M E/​BSE  476 Engineering Principles of Off-Road Vehicles3
M E 489 Honors in Research1-3
M E 491 Mechanical Engineering Projects I1-3
M E 492 Mechanical Engineering Projects II1-3
M E/​CIV ENGR/​E M A  508 Composite Materials3
M E/​I SY E  510 Facilities Planning3
M E/​I SY E  512 Inspection, Quality Control and Reliability3
M E/​I SY E  513 Analysis of Capital Investments3
M E 514 Additive Manufacturing3
M E/​N E  520 Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer3
M E/​CBE  525 Macromolecular Hydrodynamics3
M E/​COMP SCI/​E C E  532 Matrix Methods in Machine Learning3
M E 535 Computer-Aided Geometric Design3
M E/​COMP SCI/​E C E  539 Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks3
M E/​E M A  540 Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis3
M E 545 Fluid Power3
M E 549 Product Design3
M E/​COMP SCI/​I SY E  558 Introduction to Computational Geometry3
M E 561 Intermediate Thermodynamics3
M E 563 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics3
M E 564 Heat Transfer3
M E/​N E  565 Power Plant Technology3
M E/​E P  566 Cryogenics3
M E/​CBE  567 Solar Energy Technology3
M E 569 Applied Combustion3
M E/​E M A  570 Experimental Mechanics3
M E 572 Intermediate Gas Dynamics3
M E 573 Computational Fluid Dynamics3
M E/​E C E  577 Automatic Controls Laboratory4
M E 601 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering1-3
M E/​I SY E  641 Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems3
M E/​I SY E  643 Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems3
M E 699 Advanced Independent Study1-3
M E 702 Graduate Cooperative Education Program1-2
M E/​E M A  706 Plates, Shells and Pressure Vessels3
M E/​E M A  708 Advanced Composite Materials3
M E 714 Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing3
M E 717 Advanced Polymer Processing3
M E 718 Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Processing3
M E/​E M A  722 Introduction to Polymer Rheology3
M E/​E C E  739 Advanced Robotics3
M E 740 Advanced Vibrations3
M E 746 Dynamics of Controlled Systems3
M E 747 Advanced Computer Control of Machines and Processes3
M E 748 Optimum Design of Mechanical Elements and Systems3
M E 751 Advanced Computational Dynamics3
M E 753 Friction, Lubrication and Wear3
M E 758 Solid Modeling3
M E/​COMP SCI/​E C E/​E M A/​E P  759 High Performance Computing for Applications in Engineering3
M E 761 Topics in Thermodynamics3
M E 764 Advanced Heat Transfer I-Conduction3
M E 765 Advanced Heat Transfer II-Convection3
M E 769 Combustion Processes3
M E 770 Advanced Experimental Instrumentation3
M E 774 Chem Kinetics of Combust Systems3
M E 775 Turbulent Heat and Momentum Transfer3
M E/​E P  777 Vacuum Technology3
M E 790 Master's Research and Thesis1-9
M E 890 PhD Research and Thesis1-9
M E 903 Graduate Seminar0
M E/​CBE/​CHEM/​E M A  925 Rheology Research Seminar1
M E 964 Special Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering1-3
M E 990 Dissertator Research and Thesis1-9
M E 999 Advanced Independent Study1-5

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 (up to 12 credits) 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 is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

With advisor approval,  up to 7 credits numbered 400 or above may be counted toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. These credits may be counted toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement if they are in courses numbered 700 or above.  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, and payment of the difference in tuition, students are allowed to count up to 15 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.  These credits may be counted toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement if they are in courses numbered 700 or above. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.


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).

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), this will be deemed unsatisfactory progress and the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for one additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.


All students are required to obtain a mechanical engineering faculty advisor who assists them in planning a course sequence that meets degree requirements, supervises their independent study project, and discusses career objectives.


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:

Mechanical Engineering Grievance Procedures

If a student feels unfairly treated or aggrieved by faculty, staff, or another student, the University offers several avenues to resolve the grievance. Students’ concerns about unfair treatment are best handled directly with the person responsible for the objectionable action. If the student is uncomfortable making direct contact with the individual(s) involved, they should contact the advisor or the person in charge of the unit where the action occurred (program or department chair, section chair, lab manager, etc.). Many departments and schools/colleges have established specific procedures for handling such situations; check their web pages and published handbooks for information. If such procedures exist at the local level, these should be investigated first. For more information see the Graduate School Academic Policies & Procedures: The Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs ( 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.

  1. The student is encouraged to speak first with the person toward whom the grievance is directed to see if a situation can be resolved at this level.

  2. Should a satisfactory resolution not be achieved, the student should contact the ME Graduate Committee Chair or Department Chair to discuss the grievance. The Graduate Committee Chair or Department Chair will facilitate problem resolution through informal channels and facilitate any complaints or issues of students. The first attempt is 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, discrimination, disability accommodations, and other related concerns can be found on the UW Office of Compliance website. Other campus resources can be found above. 

  3. If the issue is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction the student can submit the grievance to the Graduate Committee Chair in writing, within 60 calendar days of the alleged unfair treatment.

  4. On receipt of a written complaint, a faculty committee will be convened by the Graduate Committee Chair to manage the grievance. The faculty committee will obtain a written response from the person toward whom the complaint is directed. This response will be shared with the person filing the grievance.

  5. The faculty committee will determine a decision regarding the grievance. The Graduate Committee Chair 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.

  6. 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 School/College.

  7. Documentation of the grievance will be stored for at least 7 years. Significant grievances that set a precedent will be stored indefinitely.

The Graduate School has procedures for students wishing to appeal a grievance decision made at the school/college level. These policies are described in the Graduate School’s Academic Policies & Procedures:


Students enrolled in this program are not permitted to accept teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research assistantships or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver. Students in this program cannot enroll in other graduate programs nor take courses outside the prescribed curriculum.

Graduate School Resources

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

Professor Duffie; Associate Professor Zinn