Contact: Dr. Lisa A. Riedle, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Master of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
Telephone: (608) 342-1686
Fax: (608) 342-1566

Statement of Purpose

The Master of Engineering program provides high-quality, online development opportunities in mathematics, technical communication, computer applications, management, and select engineering topics.

Student Learning Outcomnes

Graduates will:

  1. demonstrate advanced competence in one of the technical emphasis areas;
  2. apply project management practices;
  3. demonstrate effective technical communication skills;
  4. show competency in advanced mathematics;
  5. exhibit proficiency in advanced computer applications;
  6. solve engineering problems as a member of a team.


The Master of Engineering degree is a technical degree in engineering requiring 30 credits of advanced course work but no thesis. A need has been expressed by several major industries for the delivery of advanced technical education to be achieved without employee relocation.

In response to this need, the program includes technical areas of emphasis and it is offered entirely online. In the technical areas of emphasis, courses are offered to satisfy the needs and requirements of a specific technical specialty. This online program makes the degree much more accessible to professionals working in industries within the state, the region and the world. Furthermore, the Internet provides opportunities to deliver information in various formats to encompass different student learning styles.

In addition to courses within a technical area of emphasis, the Master of Engineering program provides education for professional development in the areas of mathematics, technical communications, computer applications, and engineering management.

Admission Requirements for Master of Engineering

Those seeking admission to the Master of Engineering program must have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If the bachelor’s degree is in a field other than engineering, applicants may be asked to complete prerequisite courses. Students may be contacted on an individual basis for additional information to support their admission. International degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis.

To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above, or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.

Program entrance requirements and degree completion requirements are consistent with those of the graduate programs of the institution. Students seeking admission as a Matriculated Student should follow the instructions found in the Online Admission Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Special Students:

Students who wish to enroll in selected courses without being admitted to the program may enroll as special students. Special students can go directly to online courses at the web site ( to register. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken as a special student.


The Master of Engineering is earned upon the successful completion of 30 graduate credits. For admission requirements, registration instructions, course descriptions, tuition rate, and a long-term course rotation schedule, visit our web site at

All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. Courses that are cross-listed in more than one section cannot be counted twice.

Section A: Core Courses

One course must be taken from each of the following areas:


Computer Applications:

Technical Communications:

Engineering Management:


Select a total of nine credits in one of the technical emphasis areas: Engineering Design, Applications in Engineering Management, or Control Systems.

Engineering Design:

Applications in Engineering Management:

Control Systems:


Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. Choose a total of nine credits from Section C or from any of the courses in Sections A and B not previously taken. Electives currently identified are listed below. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

The curriculum is continuously updated to ensure its relevance to today’s industries.

Certificate in Engineering Management

A nine-credit Certificate in Engineering Management is available entirely online for people who desire a foundation in basic management skills but are not currently pursuing a master’s degree. Credits earned for the certificate can later be applied toward the Master of Engineering or the Master of Science in Project Management, which are both offered online through UW-Platteville.

The Certificate in Engineering Management is comprised of three courses. Each course is worth three credits. These courses allow individuals to gain knowledge in the area that will assist them most in their professional situation.



(Choose two additional courses selected from the following list, one (1) of which must be a course marked with an asterisk.)

Students must complete all of the required courses for this certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to be eligible to receive the certificate. Transfer courses may not be applied to the certificate program.

Course Descriptions

For admission requirements, registration instructions, course descriptions, tuition rate, and a long-term course rotation schedule, visit our web site at

BUSADMIN 5540 3 credits Quality Management
Provides an understanding of the tools, language, and techniques used in the field of Total Quality Management (TQM). The history of the Quality movement, major tenets of the field, theorists and their philosophies, and the use of basic tools of TQM will all be covered in this course. The course focus will be project-based in a team environment.
BUSADMIN 5620 3 credits Financial Management
An introduction to the finance function and financial management of the firm, including techniques of financial analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, the acquisition and management of corporate capital, and dividend policy. Analysis of how the financial manager influences the decision-making process within the firm. P: One year undergraduate accounting or graduate equivalent or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 5720 3 credits International Marketing
A conceptual focus on the breadth of the international marketing management area (i.e., problems, strategies and techniques), plus a survey background in such environmental factors as legal, cultural, economic, financial, and regional characteristics. The purpose is to prepare students and practicing business managers for successful operations in the world marketing environment of developing, industrial, and/or technological nations. P: A marketing course or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 6110 3 credits Management Science
An introduction to quantitative methods used in business. Introduction to decision theory, linear programming and its applications, network and scheduling models, computer software applications. P: Statistics course or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 7540 3 credits Advanced Quality Management
This course focuses on achieving quality through continuous improvement of processes, customer satisfaction, and creation of a team environment. Emphasis on major tenets of the field, systems thinking, Hoshin planning, and data collection and analysis. P: BUSADMIN 3540/5540 Quality Management.
CIVILENG (CEE 5810) 5810 2 credits Occupational Safety & Health for General Industry
The course will provide an introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Topics such as hazard communication, fire protection, record keeping and machine guarding are covered. The course provides an overview of industrial health and safety suitable for managers, engineers, health and/or safety personnel, and hourly workers.
CIVILENG (CEE 5820) 5820 2 credits Occupational Safety & Health for the Construction Industry
The course will provide an introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Topics such as hazard communication, fire protection, record keeping and machine guarding are covered. The course provides an overview of the construction industry health and safety suitable for managers, engineers, health and/or safety personnel, general and subcontractors, foremen, and laborers.
CIVILENG (CEE 7100) 7100 3 credits Dynamics of Structures
Dynamic analysis of structures using simplified single-degree-of-freedom models, model analysis and static condensation. Assumptions used in numeric analysis methods will be explored in order to better understand the output from computer analysis. Application of dynamic analysis as implemented in the International Building Code. P: GENENG 2230 Recommended: MATH 3230, MATH 3630, CIVILENG 3100 (or equivalent for all courses listed).
CIVILENG (CEE 7160) 7160 3 credits Advanced Foundation Design
This course is designed to fully prepare a student with only an introductory course in soil mechanics to analyze the bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations, to design foundations to meet bearing capacity and settlement requirements, and to design reinforced concrete foundations, drilled shafts, and retaining walls.
CIVILENG (CEE 7830) 7830 3 credits Optimization with Engineering Applications
Students will be able to solve a variety of optimization problems using optimization software or the optimization routines available in spreadsheets (e.g. Excel or Quattro). Linear, non-linear, and discrete problems will be solved. Students will learn the theory of improving search methods, which are the basis for all optimization algorithms. An emphasis will be placed on the need for the modeler to examine the practicality of program results. Also, students will perform a Life Cycle Analysis, which is an optimization procedure that minimizes the impacts on the environment.
COMMNCTN 5010 3 credits Business Communication
Communication strategies and techniques used in business; practice in writing effective memos, letters and reports; oral communication skills developed in influencing group decisions and making presentations; employment correspondence and interviewing. P: ENGLISH 123 and SPEECH 1010 or 1250.
COMMNCTN 7330 3 credits Organizational Communication
Horizontal and vertical communication channels in education, industry, business, and society, as well as leadership, persuasion, rumor theory, and communication networks are examined.
ENGLISH 5000 3 credits Technical Writing
Technical description and explanation, job applications, business correspondence, and reports suited to one’s major (e.g., a criminal or safety investigation, feasibility study, or grant proposal); oral presentations; technical editing. Emphasis on clarity, conciseness, precision, and effective communication with lay audiences and management. P: ENGLISH 1130 and 1230. Every F and S.
MATH 5230 3 credit Linear Algebra
Matrices, systems of equations, determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, vector spaces, linear transformations, and diagonalization. Prerequisite: Mathematics 2740 with a grade of "C" or better.
MATH 6050 3 credit Applied Statistics
This course is an on-line introductory course in statistics. This foundation course is designed to prepare a student for study in the Master’s of Engineering program or the Master of Science in Project Management program. This course will cover basic concepts of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and applications of statistics including simple linear regression, multiple regression, basic design of experiments and ANOVA. P: Math 2740 with a grade of “C” or better.
ELECTENG 7320 3 credits Modern Control Systems
This course is intended as a second semester course in the MOE Program in EE. It develops analysis and synthesis techniques for linear dynamical systems using the tools from matrix theory, linear algebra, and Laplace transform. P: BS degree in engineering and MECHNCHL 7130.
ELECTENG 7340 3 credits Digital Control Systems
Digital Controller Design in time and frequency domain. State space modeling, controllability, obervability, stability, minimal realization, pole placement and observer design. P: a BS degree in Engineering, with some background in Automatic Control Area. MECHNCHL 7130, ELECTENG 7320.
INDSTENG/MIE 7030 3 credits Advanced Production and Operations Analysis
Tools and techniques associated with planning and controlling in the production environment including forecasting, aggregate planning, master production scheduling, materials requirement planning, and shop floor control. Integrated aspects of manufacturing resource planning and enterprise resource planning as well as the effects of just-in-time management and theory of contraints.
INDSTENG/MIE 7830 3 credits Advanced Cost and Value Analysis
Introduction to the concepts of value within the manufacturing environment. Investigation of various methods of increasing value and defining value are considered. Emphasis is on creating value for the customer through application of sound economic analysis and manufacturing methods improvements. Value Engineering including function analysis. Value Stream Mapping and 5S applications are studied in the context of Lean Manufacturing methods.
MECHNCHL/MIE 7130 3 credits Control Systems Engineering
This course is intended as a first semester graduate course designed for distance education. It covers the basics for building a practical control system incorporating a microcontroller or PLC. Basic electronics, logic, programming for microprocessors and PLC’s, fractional horsepower motors, and sensors will be introduced. Control theory implementing electro-mechanical systems will be reviewed. P: consent of instructor. S.
MECHNCHL/MIE 7300 3 credits Design of Experiments
This course on Design of Experiments (DOE) provides experiences in planning, conducting, and analyzing statistically designed experiments. The methods of DOE may be applied to design or improve products and processes. Analysis of variance (ANOVA), test of hypothesis, confidence interval estimation, response surface methods, and other statistical methods are applied in this course to set values for design, process, or control factors so that one or more responses will be optimized, even when noise factors are present in the system. This course is designed to teach the nuts and bolts of DOE as simply as possible. P: MATH 4030 or MATH 6030 or MATH 6050, or consent of instructor.
MECHNCHL/MIE 7430 3 credits Quality Engineering and Management
This course provides practical tools for planning and completing quality improvement projects. The first part of the course ideas with an introduction to quality management philosophies, tools, and approaches. The second part (about 70%) of the course is devoted to the Six-Sigma (SS) philosophy, roadmap, tools, and techniques of planning and executing quality improvement projects. The course concludes with the application of the Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) approach to design or improve products and processes. P: MATH 4030 or MATH 6030 or MATH 6050, or consent of instructor.
MECHNCHL/MIE 7440 3 credits Taguchi Method of Designing Experiments
This course will provide experience in applying Taguchi Methods for designing robust products and processes. Taguchi Methods may be considered as “cookbook” approaches to designing and analyzing industrial experiments. Students will learn to plan a project and develop strategies for experiments. Definition of controllable factors, noise factors, responses, and quality characteristics (both dynamic and static) in a project will be discussed. Applications of orthogonal arrays, signal-to-noise ratio, mean-squared deviation, loss function, ANOVA, and related topics will be covered. P: MATH 4030 or MATH 6030 or MATH 6050, or consent of instructor or department chair.
MECHNCHL/MIE 7550 3 credits Product Design and Development
This course examines the front end of the product development process. Topics include: organization and management issues associated with the product development process; the identification of customer needs and the translation of these needs into product performance specifications; methodologies for the generation and selection of concepts; developing the product architecture with emphasis on creating interfaces, prototyping and design for manufacturing.
MECHNCHL/MIE 7730 3 credits Design for Manufacturability
A major portion of the costs and in turn the profitability of manufacturing organizations are affected by the quality of the design of their products. Building quality into the design will call upon engineers to systematically design a product and/or process so that it can be produced with lowest costs, rapid response time, and meet customers’ expectations. This will require the integration of design, manufacturing, management, and economic principles. The course will address this overall integration and focus on the design for manufacturing aspects so as to provide faster time to market, productive utilization of equipment, faster delivery, improved quality, reduced cost, and effective continuous improvement. Students will be able to systematically design a product and/or process so that it can be produced with lowest costs, rapid response time, and meet customers’ expectations. In doing so, they will be able to identify opportunity for design, address technical considerations of design & manufacturing, and make a business decision on feasibility of design.
MECHNCHL/MIE 7800 3 credits Advanced Finite Element Method
Introduces the finite element method. Emphasizes beam and frame analysis, plane strain, axisymmetric, and three-dimensional stress analysis. Includes dynamic analysis and field problems, such as heat transfer. Utilizes readily available finite element computer programs to solve stress analysis, heat transfer, thermal stresses, etc. P: BS in Engineering or related field.
MECHNCHL/MIE 7840 3 credits Systems Engineering Management
New technologies and time constraints need to meet the challenges of satisfying customer needs such as performance, quality, and over-all cost effectiveness. This sets up a framework for effective system engineering and management of complex systems. The systems engineering effort needs to integrate a wide variety of key design disciplines, apply robust design methods and tools in a manner as to achieve system engineering objectives, assess and control through design reviews, evaluations, feedback and corrective action. The management issues pertaining to the application of systems engineering to various projects is equally important. Principles of System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), organizational aspects of Systems Engineering such as functional, product line, and matrix structures, and interfaces between the customer, the producer, and suppliers are some key topics that need to be addressed as part of Systems Engineering Management.
ENGRG 7930 (MOE 7930) 1-3 credits Special Topics in Engineering
Various engineering topics will be explored. Topics vary.
ENGRG 7980 (MOE 7980) 1-3 credits Independent Study in Engineering
Students registering for independent study must submit, at or before registration, a description and timetable for completion, signed by the instructor supervising the independent study. The project must be above and beyond the student’s traditional employment requirements. This is to be a graduate level experience, conducted with graduate rigor and culminating in a document of professional quality. The final report must describe and summarize the project in detail; wherever feasible, graphics, figures, data, and equations are to be included.
PROJMGT 7010 3 credits Project Management Techniques I
Issues surrounding project scope definition; plan development and execution; sequencing, scheduling, and controlling activities for timely completion of projects; and collection and dissemination of project-related information.
PROJMGT 7020 3 credits Project Management Techniques II
A sequence of project management topics regarding organizational planning, staff acquisition, and team development; quality planning, assurance and control; risk identification and control; and managing procurement of goods and services from outside the performing organization. P: PROJMGT 7010.