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Modeling & Simulation in Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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A Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering: Modeling & Simulation degree from UW–Madison provides you with an advanced skill set in computational engineering literacy and advanced simulation and modeling methodology.


Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering: Modeling and Simulation degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison is multidisciplinary, combining elements of advanced computer simulation processes in the field of mechanical engineering with engineering design, energy conversion and generation, and biomechanics and manufacturing, among others.

In just one year, you will be prepared to meet the growing market demand in the specialized area of modeling and simulation in mechanical engineering. Gain a deeper understanding of mathematical, scientific and engineering principles that will provide you with the tools to formulate, analyze, and work independently to solve engineering problems.

Our program faculty are renowned for their expertise and research in the field of modeling and simulation in mechanical engineering. You will gain computational engineering literacy and strong modeling and simulation skills. Combined, these skills are highly marketable, and will enable you to work in such innovative technology fields as high-performance computing, simulation analysis, design optimization, and more.

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering: Modeling and Simulation degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison is multidisciplinary, combining elements of advanced computer simulation processes in the field of mechanical engineering with engineering design, energy conversion and generation, and biomechanics and manufacturing, among others.

In just one year, you will be prepared to meet the growing market demand in the specialized area of modeling and simulation in mechanical engineering. Gain a deeper understanding of mathematical, scientific and engineering principles that will provide you with the tools to formulate, analyze, and work independently to solve engineering problems.

Our program faculty are renowned for their expertise and research in the field of modeling and simulation in mechanical engineering. You will gain computational engineering literacy and strong modeling and simulation skills. Combined, these skills are highly marketable, and will enable you to work in such innovative technology fields as high-performance computing, simulation analysis, design optimization, and more.

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 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 modeling and simulation master’s 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.
  • 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.
  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer). Courses begin in the 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 degree.

Sample curriculum

Required Courses

  • Computing Concepts for Applications in Mechanical Engineering
  • High-Performance Computing for Applications in Engineering

Elective Courses (Choose a minimum of 4 courses)

  • Intermediate Vibrations
  • Intro to Computational Dynamics
  • Applied Thermal/Structural Finite Element Analysis
  • Introduction to Design Optimization
  • Intro to Computational Geometry
  • Heat Transfer
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Medical Image-Based Modeling
  • Digital Design and Fabrication
  • Introduction to Scientific Computing for Computational and Data-Driven Science and Engineering

Elective Courses Continued

  • Numerical Methods for Multiscale and Stochastic Modeling and Inference
  • Finite Element Method for Biomechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Advanced Optimization Methods
  • Advanced Computational Dynamics
  • Advanced Heat Transfer 1-Conduction
  • Two-Phase Flow Theory and Computation

Acceptable courses for the remaining course credits are those numbered 400 and above.

Job outlook

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

Market Salary
$75K median salary in 20191

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

Top Employers
  • Raytheon
  • Wood Group
  • General Electric Company
  • General Dynamics
  • The Boeing Company
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Autodesk, Incorporated

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

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