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MSME Degree Requirements

For off-campus students seeking an MS degree (controls emphasis) in mechanical engineering, all regular MS degree requirements apply. GRE scores are required for admission to the program.

Students may work on their thesis or project while off campus, but must keep in contact with their advisor through email or telephone communication.

Students may choose one of two options: the thesis option or the 30-credit all course option. All options require the student to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate-level courses.

30-credit Master of Science

  • At least 18 of the 30 credits must be taken as a UW–Madison graduate student
  • At least nine of the 30 credits must be in Mechanical Engineering courses
  • At least one 700-level course is required
  • A minimum of three and a maximum of six credits must be earned through independent study (ME 699) or master's research (ME 790)

30-credit Master of Science (All Course)

  • At least 18 of the 30 credits must be taken as a UW–Madison graduate student
  • At least 15 credits must be Mechanical Engineering courses
  • At least one 700-level course is required
  • Nine credits must be core ME courses
  • At least three credits of independent study (ME 699) with a faculty advisor are required

Advising for Off-Campus Students

Academic advisors must be established by the time students have completed six credits. Students are required to submit a graduate study plan to their academic advisors no later than that point in their graduate programs.

On-campus Summer Lab Requirement

One three-week, on-campus lab course in Mechanical Engineering is required for any degree option.

Transferring Credits

Up to six credits of work done as a UW–Madison university special student or as a student at another university can be transferred for graduate credit toward the MS degree.