The Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics accelerated degree program in Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics helps math and physics majors transition to an engineering career by providing transitional courses in applied mechanics followed by more rigorous, graduate-level coursework.

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics at UW–Madison is a brand new master’s program specifically designed to help students with a science background transition to the field of engineering.


Our master’s program offers a comprehensive curriculum focused on providing you the basics in mechanics of materials, dynamics, finite element analysis, and more so you can successfully navigate the field of engineering mechanics.


UW–Madison’s engineering mechanics faculty have been consistently recognized for their achievements and developments in the field of engineering mechanics. In your cohort, you will be able to work closely with faculty leaders in innovation and technological development.


If you want to continue your education and further your career in the field of engineering mechanics, we can help. With our accelerated master’s degree program and support from expert faculty, you will graduate prepared to enter the field in just one year.

What you Learn

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in the field
  • Demonstrate an ability to formulate, analyze, and independently solve advanced engineering problems
  • Demonstrate creative, independent problem solving skills
  • Apply the relevant scientific and technological advancements, techniques, and engineering tools to address these problems
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • 30 credit degree program
  • Complete the program in one academic year (summer, fall, spring)
  • Courses begin in the summer semester and are online (summer only)
  • No transfer credits are allowed for this program.
  • UW–Madison 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:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science degree in physics or math, or an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline outside of mechanical engineering or engineering mechanics. Students with BS degrees in mechanical engineering or engineering mechanics should apply for the traditional Master of Science program in Engineering Mechanics.
  • 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
  • Submit GRE Scores
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants must score 100 or greater on the TOEFL internet test (or equivalent).

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