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Mechanical Engineering: Automotive Engineering MS

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Value controllers in an open engine block are pictured at the Caterpillar Engine Lab at the Engineering Research Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master in-cylinder energy conversion processes and graduate ready to lead automotive, heavy-duty, or recreational engine development with the Automotive Engineering master’s degree program from UW–Madison.


Is this program right for you?

The Automotive Engineering master’s program from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Mechanical Engineering is an accelerated program that focuses on internal combustion engine development and the design and actualization of power-converting systems.

At UW–Madison, we make theoretical concepts immediately applicable to engine development. Hone your skills in fundamental energy conversion processes by approaching broad topics such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer specifically in terms of internal combustion engines. Courses are problem-based and application-oriented to provide skills you can immediately use.

Our program emphasizes hands-on learning and draws upon the 70-year history of world-leading internal combustion engine research at the UW–Madison Engine Research Center. The program takes just one year to complete (fall, spring, and summer), and there is no required graduate research component. Instead, you do a summer practicum that pairs a laboratory course with a modeling course to combine classroom learning and practical usage.

Take advantage of UW–Madison’s outstanding engineering faculty and resources. You graduate ready to lead in any industry that relies on internal combustion engines.

Is this program right for you?

The Automotive Engineering master’s program from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Mechanical Engineering is an accelerated program that focuses on internal combustion engine development and the design and actualization of power-converting systems.

At UW–Madison, we make theoretical concepts immediately applicable to engine development. Hone your skills in fundamental energy conversion processes by approaching broad topics such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer specifically in terms of internal combustion engines. Courses are problem-based and application-oriented to provide skills you can immediately use.

Our program emphasizes hands-on learning and draws upon the 70-year history of world-leading internal combustion engine research at the UW–Madison Engine Research Center. The program takes just one year to complete (fall, spring, and summer), and there is no required graduate research component. Instead, you do a summer practicum that pairs a laboratory course with a modeling course to combine classroom learning and practical usage.

Take advantage of UW–Madison’s outstanding engineering faculty and resources. You graduate ready to lead in any industry that relies on internal combustion engines.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, engineering, physical or natural science or a related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit GRE scores using code 1846.*
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Ideal applicants will:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Students without may be required to complete one or more courses in addition to degree requirements to satisfy any deficiencies (this requirement cannot be determined prior to admission).
  • Have a GPA of 3.2.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation*

*Waived for all 2023 applicants.

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Program highlights

  • The automotive engineering master’s degree is accelerated, so you graduate in just one year.
  • It’s also course-only, so you complete your degree in a predictable time frame.
  • With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.
  • Our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your degree program to fit your personal objectives.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Engineering Grad Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • Twelve months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer). Courses begin in fall semester only.
  • Students who hold a graduate degree may transfer up to 9 credits of prior graduate work.
  • UW–Madison mechanical engineering students may count up to 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above towards the degree.

Sample curriculum

Fall

Choose a minimum of two courses:

  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Intermediate Thermodynamics
  • Applied Combustion
  • Intermediate Gas Dynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Topics in Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Heat Transfer—Conduction
  • Turbulent Heat and Momentum Transfer

Spring

Choose a minimum of two courses:

  • Thermal Systems Modeling
  • Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control
  • Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Combustion Processes
  • Chemical Kinetics of Combustion Systems

Summer

  • Advanced Independent Study

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer

Market Salary
$98.6K in median salary 1

Projected Job Growth
6.30% for Mechanical Engineers (2020-2030)

Job Postings
15,419 in 2020

Top Employers
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • GE

Source: Lightcast™ 2022

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
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  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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