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Earn your master’s degree in as little as one year from a top-ranked engineering program.

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Start your career out stronger with an accelerated master’s degree.

  • Stand out in the job market.
  • Earn an average of 22% more*.
  • Do interesting, meaningful work.

Our accelerated master’s degrees are for engineers who want advanced technical expertise to pursue challenging careers. Accelerated programs are course-only and self-funded to provide graduate-level training in as little as three semesters. You’ll start your career in your engineering field of choice with the specialized skills employers value.

Choose from 13 programs that allow you to focus on your area of interest.

UW–Madison is ranked as one of the Best Engineering Grad Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Study at a world-renowned research institution with elite faculty as you learn alongside other MS and PhD students.

Learn to think at a higher level, tackle complex problems and discover innovative solutions. Get more career satisfaction as you open up new doors with your master’s degree.

*Source: UW–Madison Academic Planning & Institutional Research Dataviz (in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science). Percent increase identified by comparing median salary of engineering bachelor’s and master’s graduates one year out of college

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$1,200 per credit*

*Additional fees may apply.

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Biomedical

Biomedical Engineering

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 1 year
Fall application deadline: December 15

Combine the fundamentals of the biomedical sciences with advanced engineering methods of analysis and design to contribute to designing new medical instruments and devices, understanding and repairing the human body, and making technologies cost-effective for both companies and patients.


Biomedical Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 1 year
Fall application deadline: December 15

Provides interdisciplinary training to break into a biomedical career at the interface of engineering and business. Offered in cooperation with the School of Business. Advance your skills in design, prototyping and manufacturing as well as general business fundamentals, entrepreneurship and project management.

Civil & Environmental

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 1 year
Fall application deadline: December 15

Use the latest scientific and technological knowledge to develop skills and tools to analyze advanced engineering problems. Choose from six areas of specialization:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Geological/Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Design

Design + Innovation

Master of Science in Design + Innovation

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 12 months
Summer application deadline: February 1

Work with an interdisciplinary team to think differently, innovate change and solve challenging problems. Be prepared to meet industry demand for design thinking, product design and creative design skills.

Electrical and Computer

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 16 months
Fall application deadline: December 15

Gain knowledge and skills to carry out advanced technical work in the electrical engineering field. Tailor your degree to match your long-term career goals. Areas of emphasis include computer engineering, fields and waves, solid state/photonics or energy and power systems.


Machine Learning & Signal Processing

Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 12–16 months
Fall application deadline: December 15

Apply the mathematical foundations of data science and computer programming to practical problems and prepare to engineer in this rapidly innovating field.

Engineering Mechanics

Aerospace Engineering

Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 1 year
Fall application deadline: December 15

Gain a broad mechanics foundation with an emphasis on aerospace engineering. You’ll learn theoretical and computational methods for engineering analysis and get hands-on experience in the lab. Topics include fluid mechanics, rigid-body dynamics, structural dynamics and mechanics of aerospace structures.

Industrial and Systems

Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 12–16 months
Fall application deadline: December 15

Create productive, safe, and satisfying environments for humans, and apply industrial and systems engineering tools and approaches to health care challenges.


Systems Engineering and Analytics

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 12–16 months
Fall application deadline: December 15

Recognize, identify, analyze and solve decision problems arising in the efficient design and operation of systems, with a focus on methods and models for data analytics and data-driven decisions.

Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Engineering

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 1 year
Fall application deadline: December 15

Choose from two paths: Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering or Engineering Materials and Processes. Both focus areas include techniques for X-ray scattering, atomistic modelling, molecular dynamics and more.

Mechanical

Automotive Engineering

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 1 year
Fall application deadline: December 15

Guided by a strong hands-on emphasis on in-cylinder energy conversion processes, participate in engine development programs in the automotive, heavy duty or recreational engine sector.


Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 1 year
Fall application deadline: December 15

Gain the knowledge and skills to carry out advanced technical work in the mechanical engineering field. From energy systems to medical implants to robotics to advanced manufacturing, this degree can be tailored to provide you with the education that matches your long-term career goals.


Modeling and Simulation in Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Delivery method: Face-to-face
Time to completion: 1 year
Fall application deadline: December 15

Gain computational engineering literacy and a strong modeling and simulation skillset to apply to mechanical engineering applications using high-performance computing, simulation analysis, design optimization and more.

Madeline Ford
 My undergraduate degree gave me a great foundation. The master’s degree helped me go deeper. It showed me how I can use all the knowledge I gained in a practical way while picking up more advanced skills and understanding. 

Madeline Ford, MS IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING – HUMAN FACTORS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, CLASS OF 2018, HEALTH SYSTEMS ENGINEER AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LAB