Master in-cylinder energy conversion processes and graduate ready to lead automotive, heavy-duty, or recreational engine development with a Mechanical Engineering: Automotive Engineering master’s degree from UW-Madison.

Is this program right for you?

The Automotive Engineering master’s program from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Mechanical Engineering is an accelerated program that focuses on internal combustion engine development and the design and actualization of power-converting systems.


Our program emphasizes hands-on learning and draws upon the 70-year history of world-leading internal combustion engine research at the UW-Madison Engine Research Center.


This Automotive Engineering master’s program takes just one year to complete (fall, spring, and summer). Build the experimental and computational tools that the industry requires.


There is no required graduate research component. Instead, you do a summer practicum that pairs a laboratory course with a modeling course to combine classroom learning and practical usage.


At UW-Madison, we make theoretical concepts immediately applicable to engine development. Hone your skills in fundamental energy conversion processes by approaching broad topics such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer specifically in terms of internal combustion engines. Courses are problem-based and application-oriented to provide skills you can immediately use.


Take advantage of UW-Madison’s outstanding engineering faculty and resources. You graduate ready to lead in any industry that relies on internal combustion engines.


What you Learn

  • Apply the fundamentals of energy conversion processes, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and combustion, with an emphasis on how they pertain to internal combustion engines
  • Effectively gather and analyze steady-state port flow measurements, cylinder pressure, heat release, and pollutant emission data to understand and improve internal combustion engines
  • Create internal combustion engine thermofluid models using 1‑D system and 3‑D computational fluid dynamics system
  • Explore relevant topics in automotive engineering, such as controls, electromechanical energy conversion, or environmental impacts

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • 30 credit degree program
  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Courses begin in fall semester only
  • Students who hold a graduate degree may transfer up to 9 credits of prior graduate work
  • UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering students may count up to 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above towards degree
  • Students in this program will not be eligible for TA, RA, and PA positions or a thesis

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All applicants must:

    • Meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School.
    • Meet department specific requirements as outlined below:
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related area or equivalent
  • Submit a statement of purpose
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation
  • Non- native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 580 (written), 243 (computer based test), or 92 (Internet version)
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

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