www.uwplatt.edu/disted

Contact: Dr. Lisa A. Riedle, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Master of Science in Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
Telephone: 608.342.1686
Fax: 608.342.1566
Email: engineering@uwplatt.edu

Statement of Purpose

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

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

Introduction

The Master of Science in 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 Science in Engineering program provides education for professional development in the areas of mathematics, engineering communications, computer applications, and engineering management.

Admission Requirements for Master of Science in Engineering

Those seeking admission to the Master of Science in 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 with a bachelor's degree 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 (www.uwplatt.edu/disted) to register. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken as a special student.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in 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 www.uwplatt.edu/disted.

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:

Mathematics:

Computer Applications:

Technical Communications:

Engineering Management:

SECTION B: TECHNICAL EMPHASIS COURSES

Students must choose from one of four technical emphasis areas: Engineering Design, Applications in Engineering Management, Control Systems, or Structural/Geotechnical Engineering. The specific requirements for each emphasis are listed below.

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:

Structural/Geotechnical Engineering:

Students who choose the Structural/Geotechnical Engineering emphasis must complete the core required mathematics course, ENGRG 5030 Linear Algebra, followed by ENGRG 7540, Advanced Finite Element Method (or an equivalent course). They must then complete 15 additional credits from the list below including at least one Structural Engineering (Str) course and one Geotechnical Engineering (Geo) course. Nine credit hours must be from the Geotechnical (Geo) emphasis and must be completed in sequential order.

SECTION C: ELECTIVE COURSES

A total of nine elective credits can be selected 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 (Effective September 1, 2010)

A 12-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 Science in Engineering.

The Certificate in Engineering Management is comprised of four 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.

Required

Choose three additional engineering courses from those listed below.

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 can not be applied to the certificate program.

Certificates in Geotechnical Engineering

Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering is available entirely online for people who desire a foundation in Geotechnical skills. This certificate allow individuals to gain knowledge in the area that will assist them most in their professional situation. Credits earned for the certificate can later be applied toward the Master of Science in Engineering offered online through UW-Platteville. Each certificate is comprised of twelve credits (four courses). Each course is worth three credits.

Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering
Required

Certificate in Structural/Geotechnical Engineering
Required

Complete 12 credits consisting of two courses from those listed in the Certificate in Geotechnical Engineering and the following two Structural Courses: