Engineering FAQs

Do I need to make any visits to campus to complete my degree?

No, you can earn your degree entirely at a distance. We do, however, invite our students and graduates to visit campus and participate in on-campus commencement ceremonies.

What does an online course look like?

If you’re curious about what an online course looks like, please take some time and check out a Tour of Canvas. A Tour of Canvas gives you the opportunity to sample a course created in our online platform, Canvas. The sample course utilizes many of the features the online classroom would, including videos, discussions, and quizzes.

Do I have to complete a thesis for this program?

No thesis is required for the Master of Science in Engineering program.

Will my previous coursework transfer to UW-Platteville?

Yes, you can have a course considered for transfer by submitting a course syllabus and transcript along with the Request for Transfer Credit Form.

What are the math requirements for the Master of Science in Engineering program?

Within the program, three graduate credits of math are required. Your chosen area of emphasis may determine which course you take. Additionally, an undergraduate Calculus I course is required to have been completed with a minimum grade of C- before advancing past six graduate credits. If you have not taken Calculus I, your advisor will guide you to available options.

What type of interaction will I have with faculty and students in my online courses?

Interaction between the faculty and other students is done in a variety of ways. You will correspond through discussion groups in the online course via email and phone. Email is the most popular way of communicating.

Is UW-Platteville accredited?

Yes, UW-Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. UW-Platteville is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Do online instructors have the same credentials as campus instructors?

Yes, all instructors have at least a master's degree and many have a doctorate. Several of the engineering instructors also teach on the UW-Platteville campus. In addition, most of the engineering instructors have substantial experience as a practicing engineer.  

What is the benefit of getting an Master of Science in Engineering degree?

The Master of Science in Engineering degree provides maximum flexibility while maintaining academic rigor. The program requires mastery in areas of core competencies, in-depth study in an emphasis area, and a variety of elective courses. The degree program is not tied to a specific discipline, such as mechanical engineering.  Rather, the program provides the student the opportunity to select courses based on career needs, interests, or goals. 

How does the Master of Science in Engineering degree compare to an MBA?

The Master of Science in Engineering degree is a technical degree that furthers your knowledge in a particular emphasis area and enhances your skills in the engineering management arena. An MBA is a general management degree that allows you to gain business skills to further your career, but doesn't enhance technical expertise.

How will this degree prepare me for future jobs or careers?

The Master of Science in Engineering degree encourages flexibility by designing an individual program for specific career goals. You can choose courses with your technical emphasis area as well as elective courses that will allow professional growth opportunities.

Still have questions?

Contact the Distance Learning Center at 800.362.5460 or The Distance Learning Center is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

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