The Master’s Degree in Engineering provides an in-depth program of coursework through participation in research or design synthesis. Thesis development and defense is encouraged; however, if you have prior engineering or scientific work experience, we offer a non-thesis option that requires additional coursework in lieu of a thesis.
The Master’s Degree in Engineering does not require a rigid set of courses, so you have the flexibility to design your program of study that is compatible with your career objectives. This feature also makes the Master’s Degree a solid stepping stone for doctoral level study.

Program Requirements

  • 30 credits for the thesis option and 31 credits for the non-thesis option.
  • Courses numbered 400 and above that carry a U/G or G credit designation may be taken for graduate credit.
  • No more than three credits of independent study are allowed in the MS Program
  • Courses required for a baccalaureate degree may not be used for subsequent graduate credit.

Thesis Option

  • A minimum of 15 credits in a technical program of studies, 9 of approved electives, and 6 thesis credits are required.
  • At least 15 credits, not including thesis, must be in 700-level courses or higher.
  • Required 3 credit Graduate Seminar course.
  • At least 12 credits, including thesis, must be earned at UWM.

Non-Thesis Option

  • 31 credits of coursework are required. The coursework must include a minimum of 21 credits in an approved technical program of study and 9 credits must be approved electives.
  • At least 16 credits must be in 700-level courses or higher.
  • At least 1 credit of the Graduate Seminar course

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate major in engineering, mathematics, or a natural science.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official GRE scores from test taken within the past five years
  • Applicants may be admitted with no more than two program-defined course deficiencies.
  • International students require proof of English language proficiency. Complete information is available at the UWM Center for International Education at www.uwm.edu/Dept/CIE

Program changes effective with Spring 2014 admissions

More Information

Contact the UWM Graduate School: www.graduateschool.uwm.edu


Contact Information

Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Programs

Phone: 414-229-6169

E-mail: Betty Warras or Sarah Schroeder