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Mechanical Engineering: Accelerated Program

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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Learn to work independently to formulate, analyze, and solve advanced engineering problems with UW–Madison’s Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.


Is this program right for you?

The accelerated Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out advanced technical work in areas such as heat transfer, mechanics, controls, biomechanics, manufacturing, and more.

The accelerated mechanical engineering curriculum provides you with the course flexibility of a traditional master’s program, while offering a twelve-month course-only path to a Master of Science degree.

When you enroll in our accelerated mechanical engineering master’s program, you become part of one of the top-ranked mechanical engineering programs in the nation, home to more than 230 graduate students. Our program faculty are renowned for their expertise and research in the field of mechanical engineering. You’ll receive instruction from faculty who are researching issues in energy efficiency, applied computing, engines, biomechanics, robotics and other emerging technologies to improve our society.

Is this program right for you?

The accelerated Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out advanced technical work in areas such as heat transfer, mechanics, controls, biomechanics, manufacturing, and more.

The accelerated mechanical engineering curriculum provides you with the course flexibility of a traditional master’s program, while offering a twelve-month course-only path to a Master of Science degree.

When you enroll in our accelerated mechanical engineering master’s program, you become part of one of the top-ranked mechanical engineering programs in the nation, home to more than 230 graduate students. Our program faculty are renowned for their expertise and research in the field of mechanical engineering. You’ll receive instruction from faculty who are researching issues in energy efficiency, applied computing, engines, biomechanics, robotics and other emerging technologies to improve our society.

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.

^ Waived for all spring, summer and fall 2022 applicants.

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 UW–Madison students and alumni in College of Engineering, Computer Sciences, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, and Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics program.

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Program highlights

  • Our mechanical engineering program is accelerated, so you complete your degree in just one year.
  • It’s also course-only, so you complete your degree in a predictable time frame.
  • Our mechanical engineering department is consistently ranked as a top graduate program by U.S. News & World Report rankings.
  • As a UW–Madison engineering student, you have access to a prestigious community of mechanical engineers. You will be able to network and collaborate with faculty who specialize in energy systems, biomechanics, applied computing, robotics, and more.

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.
  • May transfer up to 12 credits of prior graduate coursework.
  • Complete in one calendar year: fall, spring and summer.
  • Half of degree coursework (15 out of 30 total credits) must be graduate coursework. Must maintain 3.0 GPA to remain in program.
  • Program is course-only. There is no thesis or independent study research.

Sample curriculum

Fall Semester: 12 credits

  • Graduate Seminar
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Products Design
  • Intermediate Thermodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Spring Semester: 12 Credits

  • Graduate Seminar
  • Computer Control of Machines
  • Thermal System Modeling
  • Heat Transfer
  • Applied Math for Mechanical Engineers

Summer Session: 6 Credits

  • Engineering Design with Polymers
  • Polymers Composites Processing

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineer

Market Salary
$75K median salary in 20191

Projected Job Growth
8.8% for Mechanical Engineers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
21,276 in 2019

Top Employers
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon Company
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

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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  • Get help with your application
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