Engineering Management

Master of Engineering in Engineering

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The UW–Madison online Engineering Management master’s program gives you the technical knowledge and managerial expertise to advance as a highly competent, confident leader—without interrupting your career.


Is this program right for you?

UW–Madison’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management program is the proven choice, whether you are interested in an engineering leadership position or are already an experienced leader looking to strengthen your effectiveness. Working with senior faculty who have broad industry experience and strong academic credentials, you interpret and analyze corporate financial data, build leadership and communications skills, and synthesize data to make sound engineering and business decisions.

This program is an alternative to an MBA, specifically designed for engineering leaders. Our over 400 graduates now hold management positions ranging from project managers to CEO.

Classes are online, so you can choose when to do most of your learning each week. Meet your cohort of fellow engineers on UW–Madison’s campus in an optional summer 3-day residency. Our students say that our cohort-based approach is essential for providing the relationships, support, and encouragement that make on-time graduation achievable.

Is this program right for you?

UW–Madison’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management program is the proven choice, whether you are interested in an engineering leadership position or are already an experienced leader looking to strengthen your effectiveness. Working with senior faculty who have broad industry experience and strong academic credentials, you interpret and analyze corporate financial data, build leadership and communications skills, and synthesize data to make sound engineering and business decisions.

This program is an alternative to an MBA, specifically designed for engineering leaders. Our over 400 graduates now hold management positions ranging from project managers to CEO.

Classes are online, so you can choose when to do most of your learning each week. Meet your cohort of fellow engineers on UW–Madison’s campus in an optional summer 3-day residency. Our students say that our cohort-based approach is essential for providing the relationships, support, and encouragement that make on-time graduation achievable.

Admissions Requirements

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 of two years of post-baccalaureate engineering experience. Engineering co-op or intern experience may be applied to the experience requirement.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent for at least your last 60 semester hours. Applicants with less than 3.0 GPA may be admitted at the department’s discretion; exceptions are considered.
  • 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.
  • GRE is not required. Applicants who have taken the test are encouraged to submit their scores.

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Resume/CV.
  • “Reasons for study” essay.
  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • Phone interview.

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Online Engineering Data Analytics Info Session

February 10
UW–Madison Engineering Professional Development Program Director Dr. Andrea Strzelec will present information and answer questions about enrolling and participating in this valuable online degree program.
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Online Engineering Management Info Session

February 11
UW–Madison Engineering Professional Development Program Director Susan Ottmann will present information and answer questions about enrolling and participating in this valuable online masters degree program.
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Program Highlights

  • You learn from the best: Our online graduate programs are consistently rated among top-ranked online engineering master’s programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • In our program, what you study is directly tied to what you’re doing on the job. Instead of textbook examples and assignments, you use your actual work projects for course credit. This way, you can immediately apply what you’re learning to your career.
  • Our students say that our cohort-based approach is essential for providing the relationships, support, and encouragement that make on-time graduation achievable.
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How You'll Learn

  • Online curriculum, plus a one-week residence with your cohort on the UW–Madison campus each August.
  • Earn your degree in four semesters and two summer sessions, spread over three calendar years.
  • 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.
  • Participate in daily, meaningful interactions with faculty, experienced peers, and industry leaders.
  • 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.
  • Work closely with a cohort of experienced engineers from around the world to share insights, expertise, networks, and support.

Sample Curriculum

Year One

  • Network Skills for Remote Learners
  • Foundations of Engineering Leadership
  • Engineering Economic Analysis and Management
  • Technical Project Management
  • Communicating Technical Information
  • Engineering Problem Solving with Computers

Year Two

  • Independent Reading and Research in Applied Engineering
  • Engineering Applications of Statistics
  • International Engineering Strategies and Operations
  • Applied Leadership and Management of Engineering Organizations
  • Quality Engineering and Quality Management
  • Creating Breakthrough Innovations (elective)
  • Key Legal Concepts for Engineers and Technical Professionals (elective)

**This is just a sample course schedule: you choose from many electives to form your personalized curriculum.

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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Olivia Dietzel

 I wanted a curriculum that would be directly applicable to managing people in a technical field. The master’s in engineering management program was exactly what I needed. I have the opportunity to meet with individuals in upper management at my company and gain insight into how classroom concepts are put into practice by those in leadership roles.  

Olivia Dietzel, Engine and Cooling Design Engineer for Crawler Dozers at John Deere’s Construction & Forestry Division
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