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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.S., with available named option in Controls

M.Eng., with available named options in Energy Systems, and Polymer Science

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement:

62 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

M.S. 16 credits, M. Eng. 30 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

36 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

M.S.: Half of degree coursework (15 out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 500 or above.

M. Eng.–named option Polymer Systems: All credits must be from the approved list for the polymer systems degree provided in the ME Graduate Student Handbook. At least 6 credits must be from courses numbered 600 or above. At least 3 credits must be from courses numbered 700 or above. 2 credits of ME are required.

M. Eng.–named option Energy Systems: All credits must be formal graduate-level courses from the College of Engineering. At least 12 credits must from the list for the energy systems degree of approved courses provided in the ME Graduate Student Handbook. At least 3 and no more than 6 credits of either ME 491 or ME 699 are required.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (31 credits out of 62 total credits) must be completed in ME courses 500 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

M.S. 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 or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

M. Eng.–all tracks: no transfer credits are allowed.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

M.S.: Up to 7 credits numbered 400 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. Up to 7 credits of ME courses numbered 500 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement.

M.Eng.: With advisor approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of graduate formal coursework from their undergraduate career at UW–Madison. Up to 7 credits of ME courses numbered 500 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

M.S.: With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate 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. With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count up to 15 credits of courses numbered 500 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 or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

M. Eng.–all options: With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate 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. With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count up to 15 credits of courses numbered 500 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.

Prior Coursework Requirements: 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 or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

Up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. Up to 7 credits of ME courses numbered 500 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate 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. With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count up to 15 credits of courses numbered 500 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 or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

Ph.D.: 15 credits

Ph.D. dissertator status: 3 credits of ME 990

Program-Specific Courses Required

M.S.: Two semesters of ME 903 are required the first two semesters.

M. Eng.–Polymer Engineering and Science: see specific requirements at this link.

Program-Specific Courses Require

ME 903 Graduate Seminar‚ 1 credit for the first two years in residence at UW–Madison. If an M.S. degree is received at UW–Madison, additional ME 903 credits are not required.

At least 18 credits of thesis (790, 890, 990) are required with an overall grade of S.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Minor required.

Minor Option A: Requirements for external minor are defined by the department of that minor. Selection of this option requires the approval of the minor department.

Minor Option B (distributed) requires a minimum of 12 formal course credits of graduate-level courses. The coursework should form a coherent group of courses for which the graduate credit is allowed. The approval of the advisor and the graduate committee are required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

M.S. 3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a C or above in all formal coursework.

Other Grade Requirements

PhD candidates may not have any more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of three options:

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).

Probation Policy

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.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to obtain an advisor by the end of their first semester.

An M.S. thesis committee must include student’s mechanical engineering faculty advisor and at least two other faculty members.

Advisor / Committee

All students must have a mechanical engineering faculty advisor who assists them in planning a course sequence that meets degree requirements and who will discuss career objectives with the student. A preliminary committee must include student’s mechanical engineering faculty advisor and at least three other faculty members. A final oral defense committee must include student’s mechanical engineering faculty advisor and at least four other faculty members, one of whom must be from outside of the mechanical engineering department.

Assessments and Examinations

The thesis track requires that the student pass a formal thesis defense.

Assessments and Examinations

All Ph.D. applicants must take the Ph.D. qualifying exam no later than the second semester after completing their master degree. The Ph.D. candidate will need to pass a qualifying exam, preliminary and a final defense in order to obtain degree.

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.

Time Constraints

Ph.D. students must complete their preliminary exam within five years of passing their qualifying exam.

The minimum time allowed between passing the preliminary and thesis defense is nine months.

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may by required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Language Requirements

No language requirements

Language Requirements

No language requirements.