A Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering–Controls from UW-Madison equips you with the skills to advance in the growing field of drive and converter control and sensor integration.

Is this program right for you?

As a student in the UW-Madison Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering–Controls program, you are part of a stimulating learning community of highly motivated engineering peers, energetic educators, creative researchers, and dedicated staff. Our faculty’s close integration with industry experts provides you with access to the newest technologies and techniques in drive applications, converter controls, sensor integration, motion control, and electric machines.


Follow along with on-campus classes via pre-recorded lectures, email exchange of assignments, email communication with instructors, and proctored tests taken at your place of employment. Learn from internationally respected experts who are at the center of cutting-edge research in mechanical engineering. Join us at the UW-Madison campus for a three-week intensive on-campus lab course in summer and work directly with a cohort of professional engineers.


As an online engineering student at UW-Madison, you are also part of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), an internationally renowned research group located at UW-Madison. Sponsored by companies interested in these technologies, WEMPEC is a model program that demonstrates the benefits of the strong interaction between our university and industry leaders.


UW-Madison’s online engineering programs are consistently ranked in the 10 top by U.S. News & World Report. With a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering-Controls, you will be ready to forge your engineering future.


What you learn

  • Analyze and design control systems or processes
  • Create an independent study project that suits your career goals or employer’s needs

Where & how you learn


  • Online plus a required three-week on-campus lab in summer for hands-on experience


  • Choose a 30-credit thesis option or a 30-credit all-course option
  • For the thesis option, at least 18 of your 30 credits must be taken as a UW-Madison graduate student; at least nine of the credits must be Mechanical Engineering courses; at least one 700-level course is required; no fewer than three and no more than six credits must be earned through independent study; you may work on your thesis project while off campus but must keep in regular contact with your advisor through email or phone
  • For the all-course option, at least 18 of your 30 credits must be taken as a UW-Madison graduate student; at least 15 of the credits must be Mechanical Engineering courses; at least one 700-level course is required; at least three credits must be earned through independent study with a faculty advisor

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All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; international applicants must have a degree equivalent to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree or show strong academic performance at an international institution comparable to a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for an undergraduate or master’s degree;
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent for at least your last 60 semester hours or have a master’s degree with a minimum 3.00 GPA; applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA may be admitted at the department’s discretion
  • GRE scores are required for admission; the minimum acceptable score is Verbal 150, Quantitative 155, and Analytic 3.5; applicants with scores below this should retake the exam or supply reasons for their low score with their application
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (written), 243 (computer-based test), or 92 (Internet version)
  • Determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live; see the National Society of Professional Engineers website for contact information for state licensing boards

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