MS Engineering Admission

ATTENTION APPLICANTS! To ensure the completion of the admission process before the next online registration period, submit your completed application and supporting materials by the following dates. Questions? Contact the Distance Learning Center.

Spring: December 1
Summer: April 15
Fall: July 15

Admission Information

The Master of Science in Engineering program is a rigorous technical program which draws on students’ existing knowledge of engineering theory and mathematics as well as practical engineering experience. Although the Master of Science in Engineering program requires no entrance exam, such as the GRE or GMAT, the admissions requirements for the program are challenging. To be considered for admission, you must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution that meets UW-System standards and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Full Standing - 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.
    • Students not meeting those requirements, but who meet one of the requirements listed below, may be considered for full standing through a comprehensive review of their application material.  Students may be required to submit additional application materials in order for this comprehensive review to take place.
      • Graduate course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Undergraduate degree GPA of 2.50 to 2.75 and bachelor’s degree earned more than five years before date of application
      • Bachelor’s degree in a non-related field
  • Trial Enrollment - Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on trial enrollment. Trial enrollment admission status is to be used only in extraordinary cases. Admission as a trial enrollee must be justified by the admitting department and approved by the Director of the School of Graduate Studies

You may also apply as a Special Student.

Admission Procedures for Pursuing the Master of Science in Engineering Degree

  • Complete the online University of Wisconsin System Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Pay the $56 nonrefundable application fee at the secure website when you apply online, or you may mail a check payable to University of Wisconsin-Platteville to:
    Distance Learning Center
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    1 University Plaza
    Platteville WI 53818-3099
  • Request an official transcript be sent directly from the undergraduate degree-granting institution to the Distance Learning Center at the address above. We cannot accept or evaluate unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) where the coursework was completed. Your application is not complete until we receive your transcript(s). All transcripts become the property of University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  • Submit an official transcript and course syllabus for consideration of transfer credit if you have completed graduate-level coursework in engineering or a related discipline.
  • Email a detailed employment résumé to the Distance Learning Center at
  • You may be contacted for additional information to support your admission.
  • International applicants will follow a slightly modified procedure.

Once admitted, you can register for online courses. If you have questions, contact your advisor at

Single Course Enrollment

Students not seeking a master's degree, who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may register as a Special Student. You will receive academic credit for courses taken while on this status. You can be considered for admission into a degree program if you maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all graduate-level work and all other admission requirements are met. With the program area advisor’s approval, you may transfer up to 12 credits earned at UW-Platteville into a degree program. All graduate-level work will be included in computing your grade point average.

Find out more about single course enrollment.  

International Students

If you earned your bachelor’s degree outside the United States, you must request that your academic records (called transcripts in the U.S.) be sent directly to the Distance Learning Center from the issuing institution, along with a translated copy if they are not in English. Any records received become a part of your permanent student record at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and cannot be released. International transcripts are subject to a course-by-course evaluation. UW-Platteville has approved Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) to complete this evaluation. Both require official transcripts/academic records to complete the evaluation.

If you attended a school outside the United States, follow these procedures:

  1. Request official transcript(s) from the institution(s) where you earned your degree(s), including aan official translated copy if your transcript is not in English.*
  2. Go to the ECE or, WES website to request the “Course by Course” report option.
  3. Pay all fees associated with setting up an account.
  4. Neither UW-Platteville, WES nor ECE provide translation services. You are responsible for providing an offical translated copy of your transcript.

    *All official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) where the course work was completed. We cannot accept or evaluate unofficial transcripts.

In addition to filing the standard application for admission with official transcript(s) translated in English, you must provide a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) score to the Distance Learning Center. A minimum score of 550 PBT (paper based) or 79 iBT (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foregin Language Examination (TOEFL) is required of all international students whose native language is not English. When requesting that scores be sent directly to UW-Platteville, please use institution code 1917.

As an alternative, you may submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Program admission requires a minimum of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub score.

International students may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement by submitting acceptable justification. The waiver request should include your name, daytime phone number, and desired program of study. Send requests directly to:

Laura Schieltz
Admission Specialist
2100 Ullsvik Hall
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
Phone: 608.342.1468

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