Work online to earn your Master of Engineering-Engine Systems degree from UW-Madison. We are home to the Engine Research Center, one of the nation’s largest academic research facilities devoted exclusively to internal combustion engines.

Is this program right for you?

Enhance your ability to lead engine development projects, without interrupting your current job. The UW-Madison Master of Engineering-Engine Systems degree was created for early- to mid-career engineers who design and manufacture internal combustion engines, and who want to take on advanced roles and responsibilities.


Work primarily online—whether at home, at work, or on the road—to master topics ranging from engine design to thermal sciences to controls. Move through the program with a close cohort of engineers from engine companies all over the world, sharing your expertise and insights. Collaborate with your cohort and our faculty face-to-face for one week each summer. This blended approach builds relationships and networks, and keeps you focused, motivated, and connected with peers facing the same challenges.


The UW-Madison is one of the world’s premier research and teaching universities. For more than 50 years, we have been synonymous with leadership in engine research. The UW-Madison Master of Engineering-Engine Systems program is widely recognized for advancing knowledge and taking an innovative approach to distance learning. UW-Madison’s online engineering programs are consistently ranked in the 10 top by U.S. News & World Report.


Our courses are taught by senior faculty and experienced professionals in the engine industry. We draw on research from the UW’s Engine Research Center and the Department of Engineering Professional Development. We rapidly adjust to changes in technology and in employers’ needs and provide instructional services not offered by any other institution.


The Master of Engineering-Engine Systems courses are problem-based and application-oriented to provide skills you can immediately use. Tailor your coursework by selecting projects that address the real problems you face in your workplace—so you are a better employee today and are ready to lead in any industry that relies on mechanical engineering, project management, and project development.


What you learn

  • Manage the complete development process for a new engine
  • Clearly articulate customer and application requirements for a given engine
  • Effectively integrate engine design with manufacturing processes, including casting, forging, and machining
  • Select the combustion, fuel, and engine system configuration that will best meet the needs of a particular application

Where & how you learn


  • Online, plus face-to-face for one week each summer


  • Use the Internet, live web conferencing, and software applications to participate in group projects designed to encourage teamwork, insightful discussion, and learning from each other
  • Complete a fixed curriculum on a semester schedule, but choose when to do most of your work each week—so that your career, family life, and travel schedule are not interrupted
  • Visit the UW-Madison campus during week-long residences with your cohort each August

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All applicants must:


  • Have a Bachelor of Science degree from a program certified by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology or the equivalent; international applicants must have a degree equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor of Science 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; applicants with less than 3.00 GPA may be admitted at the department’s discretion
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (written), 240 (computer-based test), or 92 (Internet version)
  • 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.

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