The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Power) program at UW–Madison helps you build the skills that power engineering employers demand.

Is this Program Right for You?

As a student in the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Power) program, you will have access to the newest technologies and techniques in electric machines, power electronics, actuators, sensors, drives, motion control, and drive applications. 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.


Rated among the top department of its kind in the world, the UW–Madison Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers engineering programs that consistently produce talented graduates whose knowledge and expertise are highly respected throughout the nation and the world. UW–Madison’s online engineering programs are consistently ranked in the 10 top by U.S. News & World Report.


Extend your technical breadth of knowledge by learning from faculty who are part of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPC), an internationally renowned research group located at UW–Madison.


Join us on the UW–Madison campus for a required three-week intensive on-campus lab course in summer, and work directly with a cohort of professional engineers. The expertise you gain throughout our program will be immediately and directly applicable to real-world power engineering projects.


Applicants must first apply to and complete the Capstone Certificate in Power Conversion and Control before they are eligible to apply to this program.

What You Learn

  • Apply concepts of the most recent developments in power electronics, electric machines, and power systems

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, 30-credit project option, or 30-credit all-course option; all degree options require enrollment in one summer lab to fulfill graduation requirements and students must maintain a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale in all graduate-level courses

  • Communicate with your instructors and submit assignments via email, fax, or phone
  • Have your exams proctored by your corporate director of training, human resource director, continuing education office, public library, or on our campus

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All applicants must:

  • Completion of the Capstone Certificate in Power Conversion and Control
  • A BS degree from a program accredited by the ABET or the equivalent.*
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately 2 years of work) or a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Applicants from an international institution must have a strong academic performance comparable to a 3.00 for an undergraduate or master’s degree. All GPAs are based on a 4.00 scale. We use your institution’s grading scale; do not convert your grades to a 4.00 scale.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 580 on the written version, 243 on the computer version, or 92 on the Internet version.
  • International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • All applicants are advised to 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.

We do not require applicants to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


*Equivalency to an ABET accredited program: Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited program may also qualify for admission to the program. Such applicants must have a BS in science, technology, or a related field with sufficient coursework and professional experience to demonstrate proficiency in engineering practice OR at least 16 credits of math and science coursework. Registration as a professional engineer by examination, if achieved, should be documented to support your application.


Exceptions to standard admission requirements are considered by the admissions committee on an individual basis.


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