Global changes have created demand for engineers who can lead innovation in sustainable human systems. With an online Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering degree from UW–Madison, turn your passion for healthy environments, economies, and societies into a career that drives positive change.

Is this program right for you?

As an engineer with sustainability interests, you are ready to learn the skills to assist governments, businesses, and communities around the world. The UW–Madison online Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering program combines proven distance technology with courses taught by senior faculty who are experienced professionals in environmental science, sustainability, and engineering.


Designed for working professionals to accommodate your career, life, and travel schedules, our online platform is accessible from anywhere in the world. You work directly with faculty to tailor coursework that is specific to your industry and your career goals.


With flexible learning times and courses that immediately apply to real-world problems, you have the structure and support to stay on track for graduation—and to make our world greener and more sustainable.


What you learn

  • Create strategies to lead sustainable projects through organizations or businesses
  • Understand how sustainability issues relate to design, assessment, maintenance, and operations of complex, engineered systems
  • Effectively engage stakeholders in sustainability issues
  • Apply tools to perform needs assessments, environmental modeling, life-cycle cost and benefit analyses, and operations optimization
  • Manage sustainability and green initiatives in public and private sectors

Where & how you learn


  • Online


  • Complete required courses, approved electives (offered flexibly each semester), and a capstone project—as your schedule and your timeline allow
  • Attend courses virtually, alongside peers working for top employers around the world

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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’s degree and show strong academic performance; GRE scores are not required
  • 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
  • Supply three letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (written), 243 (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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