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Polymer Engineering

Master of Engineering in Engineering

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Gain in-demand skills and advance your career in the rapidly growing plastics industry with a master’s in polymer engineering.


Is this program right for you?

As one of the largest manufacturing industries in the country, companies across the plastics industry are seeking highly skilled professionals to meet consumer demand and give them a competitive edge.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Engineering: Polymer Engineering program prepares you to face the many challenges that plastics companies encounter every day. Throughout the program, you will be introduced to traditional plastics, as well as the latest innovations in specialty polymers — with growing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, electronics, and nanotechnology.

As a 100% online program, you have the flexibility to complete your curriculum online as your work, family, and life schedules allow. Courses are developed for high-performing professionals with coursework that mirrors real-world challenges you might face in the workplace.

The polymer engineering program provides an opportunity to learn from UW–Madison experts. The University of Wisconsin–Madison is internationally recognized for its research and teaching in polymer engineering and science, as well as its expenditures in research and development activities. U.S. News & World Report has also consistently ranked UW–Madison’s online engineering programs among the best in the nation.

Is this program right for you?

As one of the largest manufacturing industries in the country, companies across the plastics industry are seeking highly skilled professionals to meet consumer demand and give them a competitive edge.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Engineering: Polymer Engineering program prepares you to face the many challenges that plastics companies encounter every day. Throughout the program, you will be introduced to traditional plastics, as well as the latest innovations in specialty polymers — with growing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, electronics, and nanotechnology.

As a 100% online program, you have the flexibility to complete your curriculum online as your work, family, and life schedules allow. Courses are developed for high-performing professionals with coursework that mirrors real-world challenges you might face in the workplace.

The polymer engineering program provides an opportunity to learn from UW–Madison experts. The University of Wisconsin–Madison is internationally recognized for its research and teaching in polymer engineering and science, as well as its expenditures in research and development activities. U.S. News & World Report has also consistently ranked UW–Madison’s online engineering programs among the best in the nation.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of degree.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

To apply (application coming soon):

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Phone Interview

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Program highlights

  • The polymer engineering master’s program is completely online, so you can complete your degree from anywhere in the world.
  • You learn from the best: UW–Madison’s online engineering graduate programs are consistently top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
  • You will have access to the Polymer Engineering Center, a university-industry-government collective that creates and shares knowledge of polymer engineering and processing.

How you'll learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Listen online to lectures recorded before students on the UW–Madison campus — all on your schedule.
  • Interact regularly with your instructors and classmates and build your network.

Sample curriculum

Required Courses

  • EPD 636 Intro to Polymers
  • EPD 637 Polymer Characterization
  • ME 417 Transport Phenomena in Polymer Processing
  • ME 418 Engineering Design with Polymers

Electives

Applied Polymer Materials

  • EPD 638 Polymer Coatings
  • ME/​CIV ENGR/​EMA 508 Composite Materials
  • ME/EMA 708 Advanced Composite Materials

Processing and Manufacturing

  • ME 419 Fundamentals of Injection Molding
  • ME 514 Intro to Additive Manufacturing
  • ME/EMA 570 Experimental Mechanics
  • ME 717 Advanced Polymer Processing
  • ME 718 Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Processing

Other Electives

  • ME 441 Rheology of Biomaterials
  • ME 573 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • EPD 639 Plastics Recycling and Sustainability
  • ME 699 Independent Study
  • ME 722 Intro to Polymer Rheology

Other courses may be chosen with program director approval.

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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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