The mechanical engineering master’s program is a concentration within the college-wide Master of Science (MS) program where students advance their education around engineering design, consulting, planning, quality control and working with clients and other engineers.
Graduates with a mechanical engineering master’s degree increase their potential for higher income and leadership opportunities in careers related to renewable energy, robotics, battery technology, optics, biomechanics, tribology, water filtration, sensors, composite materials and HVAC engineering.
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What to Expect
The mechanical engineering master’s degree at UWM is designed for both working professionals and aspiring researchers so most lectures are held in the evening to allow for dual commitments. Students may choose either a thesis (30 credits) or a non-thesis option (31 credits) depending on their career goals.
As an R1 research university we strongly believe in the power of research to change the world, so 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 MS 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 MS a solid steppingstone for doctoral level study. Please see the academic catalog for specific requirements.
Most students choose to incorporate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs) during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantship decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted into the program.
We’re a top tier R1 research university and our mechanical engineering master’s students have the opportunity to work with biomedical engineering faculty engaged in cutting-edge research around batteries, energy, optics, rehab robotics, sensors and tribology.
Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. For a full list, click here.
- Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Founder and Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Laboratory
- Co-Founder and Executive Director, UWM Student Startup Challenge
- Director (PI), Milwaukee Regional Energy Education Initiative
UWM is proud to be one of only two R1 research universities in Wisconsin. We’re also a top externally funded institution with robust opportunities for teaching and research assistantships. Partners that support our important research include:
- National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
- National Science Foundation
- United States Department of Defense
- United States Department of Energy
- Regional businesses: Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley Davidson, We Energies