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Administrative Unit:Engineering Professional Development
College/School: College of Engineering
Admitting Plans:M.Eng.
Degrees Offered:M.Eng.
Named Options: Engine Systems (M.Eng.); Engineering Management (M.Eng.); Sustainable Systems Engineering (M.Eng.); Technical Japanese (M.Eng.)
Specializations:

Faculty: Professors O'Leary (chair), Davis (director of M.Eng.–Technical Japanese); Faculty Associates Anderson (director of M.Eng.–Engine Systems), DeBaillie (director of M.Eng.–Sustainability Systems Engineering), Pferdehirt (director of M.Eng.–Engineering Management; formerly Professional Practice–MEPP)

Overview

The Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD) offers the online master of engineering with options in engine systems, engineering management, sustainable systems engineering and technical Japanese. In addition to credit instruction, the department provides continuing education courses to practicing professionals. Each year more than 20,000 engineers and technical professionals from across the United States update their knowledge through the department's short courses, seminars, custom courses, and distance learning offerings.

Master of Engineering—Named Option: Engine Systems 

The named option Engine Systems in the master of engineering degree 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
  • Material science and fluid mechanics
  • Electronics and control
  • 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 year; admission requirements for engineers interested in applying are:

  • 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; anderson@epd.engr.wisc.edu; see also the MEES website.

Master of Engineering—Named Option: Engineering Management 

The named option Engineering Management in the master of engineering degree is a two-year online engineering master's degree program designed to give experienced engineers from all disciplines the tools and capabilities to be more effective engineering leaders. Students gain technical proficiency in:

  • Project management
  • Business operations
  • Communications
  • Quality management
  • Applied statistics
  • Computer-based problem solving
  • International engineering practices

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 cohort of 30 students begins in June each year. Candidates must complete 30 credits in required courses and specific electives. The degree may be earned by engineers who have:

  • A B.S. degree in engineering from an ABET-approved 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
  • Four years of post-baccalaureate work experience in engineering 

Interested applicants with B.S. degrees in related fields should contact the director of student services for more specific admission information at 608-262-0133 or meppapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu. For further details about the program, contact Wayne Pferdehirt, program director, at 608-265-2361, wppferde@wisc.edu, or see the MEPP website.

Note: The named option in Engineering Management in the master of engineering degree program was formerly named Professional Practice. The program was renamed in summer 2014.

Master of Engineering—Named Option: Sustainable Systems Engineering

The named option Sustainable Systems Engineering in the master of engineering degree is an online master's degree program designed to prepare students to understand and drive change within an organization as it relates to complex systems and their impact on the quality of water, land, air, energy, economics, and society.

Students will gain an understanding of sustainable principles, and have the opportunity to specialize in:

  • Energy production and distribution
  • Facilities and built environment
  • Communications
  • Public infrastructure

The program is tailored for working engineers, offering:

  • Knowledge and skills that can immediately be applied to work situations
  • Project-based learning with experienced professionals
  • Award-winning distance-learning design

Candidates must complete 30 credits, consisting of required courses, approved electives, and a capstone project. The degree may be earned by engineers who have a B.S. degree in engineering from an ABET-approved program, a GPA of 3.0 (on a scale where 4.0 = A), and three letters of recommendation. Interested applicants with B.S. degrees in related fields should contact the director of student services for more specific admission information at 608-262-0133 or sseapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu. For details, see the program website.

Master of Engineering—Named Option: Technical Japanese 

The named option Technical Japanese in the master of engineering degree provides the necessary skills and knowledge to interact effectively with Japanese counterparts in the technical or business arena. This degree program begins in the fall of each year. To obtain the degree, candidates must complete at least 30 credits of approved course work (beyond a B.S. degree) in technical Japanese, Japanese language, and technology development in Japan. 

Students with a bachelor's degree other than a bachelor of science must provide transcript evidence of the completion of a minimum of 16 semester credits of undergraduate courses in science or engineering in order to be admitted to this degree program. All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA from their undergraduate institution (where 4.0 = A).

All courses are offered regularly to students on the UW–Madison campus, and are also offered at a distance. Students must complete EPD 374/375. Other courses may be selected by the student from the list of approved courses. At least 6 credits must be in courses numbered 500 or higher. No more than 6 credits of independent study (EPD 699) are allowed. Because at least four courses will be offered each semester, it is possible to complete the degree in one academic year. For questions concerning the curriculum or the application process, contact Professor James L. Davis, program director, at 608-262-4810, jdavis@engr.wisc.edu; see also the METJ website.

For more information:

Department of Engineering Professional Development: epd.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering - Named Option: Engine Systems: mees.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering - Named Option: Engineering Management (formerly Professional Practice): mepp.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering - Named Option: Sustainable Systems Engineering: sustainable.engr.wisc.edu 
Master of Engineering - Named Option: Technical Japanese: metj.engr.wisc.edu

General Inquiries: Department of Engineering Professional Development, 800-462-0876; custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering - Named Option: Technical Japanese: Professor James L. Davis, B100 Biochemistry Building, Madison, WI 53706; jdavis@engr.wisc.edu

Program inquiries and application instructions for each program:

Contact: Gary Henderson, Director of Student Services: Henderson@epd.engr.wisc.edu or studentservices@epd.engr.wisc.edu
Engine Systems named option program: meesapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu
Engineering Management named option program: meppapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu
Sustainable Systems Engineering named option program: sseapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu
Technical Japanese named option program: metjapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu