The Master’s Degree in Engineering is designed for both working professionals and aspiring researchers. Students may choose either a Thesis Option or a Non-Thesis Option.

The Thesis Option allows students to pursue advanced coursework leading to an original thesis research project, supervised by a faculty advisor. Naturally, we encourage students to pursue the development of a thesis. However, if you have prior engineering or scientific work experience and are seeking an MS for professional advancement, the Non-Thesis Option is a great alternative 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.

Program changes effective with Spring 2014 admissions

More Information

Contact the UWM Graduate School.


Contact Information

Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Programs


Phone: 414-229-6169

Email: ceas-graduate@uwm.edu