Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics

Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics

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With UW–Madison’s accelerated Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics degree, math and physics majors can transition to a career in engineering in just one year.


Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics at UW–Madison is a 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 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.

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics at UW–Madison is a 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 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.

Admissions Requirements

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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent for at least your last 60 semester hours.
  • Submit GRE scores; some exceptions may apply. For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.
  • 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).

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Transcripts.
  • Statement of purpose essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

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Program Highlights

  • Our Fundamentals of Applied Mechanics master’s program is accelerated, so you earn your degree in just one year.
  • You learn from the best: UW–Madison’s engineering graduate programs are among the best in the nation.
  • You don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering: This program lets you transition into engineering from a math or science background.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (#11) and Best Engineering Grad Schools (#22) by U.S. News & World Report.

How You'll Learn

  • 12 months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Courses begin in the summer semester with online coursework; fall and spring classes are delivered on campus.
  • 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.

Sample Curriculum

Summer Semester

  • Mechanics of Materials (online)
  • Dynamics (online, prerequisite, strongly recommended)

Fall Semester

  • Mechanics of Materials Lab
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Engineering Analysis I
  • Mechanics Seminar

Fall Electives

  • Practicum in Finite Elements
  • Introduction to Finite Elements

Spring Semester

  • Engineering Analysis II
  • Mechanics Seminar

Spring Electives

  • Composites
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials
  • Mechanics of Continua
  • Satellite Dynamics
  • Advanced Topics in Finite Elements

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