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Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics

Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics

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With UW–Madison’s accelerated Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics degree, math and physics majors can transition to a career in engineering in just one year.


Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics at UW–Madison is a program specifically designed to help students with a science background transition to the field of engineering.

Our master’s program offers a comprehensive curriculum focused on providing you the basics in mechanics of materials, dynamics, finite element analysis, and more, so you can successfully navigate the field of engineering mechanics.

UW–Madison’s engineering mechanics faculty have been consistently recognized for their achievements and developments in the field of engineering mechanics. In your cohort, you work closely with faculty leaders in innovation and technological development.

If you want to continue your education and further your career in the field of engineering mechanics, we can help. With our accelerated master’s degree program and support from expert faculty, you will graduate prepared to enter the field in just one year.

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics at UW–Madison is a program specifically designed to help students with a science background transition to the field of engineering.

Our master’s program offers a comprehensive curriculum focused on providing you the basics in mechanics of materials, dynamics, finite element analysis, and more, so you can successfully navigate the field of engineering mechanics.

UW–Madison’s engineering mechanics faculty have been consistently recognized for their achievements and developments in the field of engineering mechanics. In your cohort, you work closely with faculty leaders in innovation and technological development.

If you want to continue your education and further your career in the field of engineering mechanics, we can help. With our accelerated master’s degree program and support from expert faculty, you will graduate prepared to enter the field in just one year.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in physics, math or an engineering discipline outside of mechanical engineering or engineering mechanics from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

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

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Program highlights

  • Our Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics master’s program is accelerated, so you earn your degree in just one year.
  • It’s also course-only, so you complete your degree in a predictable time frame.
  • You learn from the best: UW–Madison’s engineering graduate programs are among the best in the nation.
  • You don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering: This program lets you transition into engineering from a math or science background.

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

  • 12 months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Courses begin in the summer semester with online coursework; fall and spring classes are delivered on campus.
  • No transfer credits are allowed for this program.
  • UW–Madison engineering students may count up to 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above towards degree.

Sample curriculum

Summer Semester

  • Mechanics of Materials (online)
  • Dynamics (online, prerequisite, strongly recommended)

Fall Semester

  • Mechanics of Materials Lab
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Engineering Analysis I
  • Mechanics Seminar

Fall Electives

  • Practicum in Finite Elements
  • Introduction to Finite Elements

Spring Semester

  • Engineering Analysis II
  • Mechanics Seminar

Spring Electives

  • Composites
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials
  • Mechanics of Continua
  • Satellite Dynamics
  • Advanced Topics in Finite Elements

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Engineer
  • Software Development Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer

Market Salary
$77K median salary in 20191

Job Postings
10,625 in 2019

Top Employers
  • US Navy
  • US Government
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • US Department of Defense
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Source 1: NACE 2019 Salary Survey

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
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