Advance your career in the fourth-largest industry in the United States. With the Master of Engineering in Polymer Science program, work at your own pace, completely online. UW–Madison has a strong history as a leader in polymers technology.

Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison Master of Engineering in Polymer Science is an interdisciplinary program that prepares engineers and scientists for professional practice in the polymer industry.


Complete your curriculum online as your work, family, and life schedules allow; most courses are offered every semester. Follow along with on-campus classes via pre-recorded lectures by expert UW–Madison engineering faculty, and take proctored tests at your place of employment.


UW–Madison’s online engineering programs are consistently ranked in the 10 top by U.S. News & World Report. Our program is internationally recognized for research and teaching in polymer engineering and science.


As a UW–Madison engineering student, you have access to our renowned Rheology Research Center, which offers the world’s most extensive series of advanced courses on polymers and rheology, and to our Polymer Engineering Center, a university-industry-government collaborative that creates, integrates, and applies knowledge of polymer engineering and processing. Together they represent one of the nation’s strongest research groups in mechanical engineering, polymer engineering, and rheology research.


You are encouraged to work closely with faculty to complete a research project at the Polymer Engineering Center or Rheology Research Center. Topics may include issues or problems related to your work interests or career goals.


What you learn

  • Solve industry problems by applying concepts of polymer processing, injection molding, rheology, hydrodynamics, and kinetics and catalysis

Where & how you learn


  • Online


  • Listen online, and, as suits your schedule, to lectures recorded before students on the UW–Madison campus
  • Interact regularly with your instructors via email
  • Complete a research project in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty
  • Take proctored tests at your place of employment, at a continuing education office, or on our campus

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All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have an undergraduate major in a similar field, or equivalent evidence of a suitable academic background
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Receive and submit a favorable recommendation from your proposed major department
  • 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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