The online 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.

Rather than being tied to a specific discipline, the program provides you the opportunity to select an area of emphasis based on your career needs, interests, and goals. You'll benefit from engineering courses such as Engineering Management, Engineering Communications, Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems, and more.

Complete your master’s degree in as little as two years from a regionally accredited university. Tuition for the Master of Science in Engineering is $20,250.

Not looking for a full degree? Graduate certificates in Engineering Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural/Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Design are offered separately.

If you’ve earned graduate credit in another program or at another school you may be able to apply those credits toward your master’s degree at UW-Platteville. Guidelines for transferring credits (both internal and external) include:

  • Credits need to be approved by more than one faculty member in the engineering program, along with the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Faculty may be the program's committee or some mix of the student's advisor, program coordinator, and a faculty member with expertise in the field.

  • A maximum of 12 credits for a degree may be transferred.

  • Credits must have been earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

  • Students must complete their graduate program within seven years of being admitted to the program at UW-Platteville. Once credits have been accepted as transfer credits, they become part of the current program of study, and the seven-year limit is based on the date of admission into the program.

  • Only courses where the student received a grade of B or higher will be considered for transfer credit.

Transfer Agreements

You can expedite your progress in earning a degree if you have completed a certificate program with one of our partner institutions. Transfer agreements are in place with the following schools:

University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education

Communications Systems Engineering Certificate
Embedded Systems Engineering Certificate
Medical Product Development Certificate

University of California-Los Angeles Extension

Communications Systems Certificate
Construction Management
Manufacturing Engineering

University of California-San Diego Extension

Embedded Computer Engineering Certificate

University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension

Embedded Systems Engineering Certificate
Software Engineering and Quality Certificate

Credit for Professional Experience

As a leader in your field, do you have years of experience in the engineering profession? You can receive credit toward your degree in engineering by submitting a portfolio containing:

  • A cover letter including a statement identifying the course for which credit is requested.

  • A current resume/vitae.

  • Documentation that the learning outcomes/competencies for the course have been met.

  • Verification of experience: affidavit from a supervisor or employer.
    - A minimum of two affidavits are required.
    - Forms should be submitted directly to your advisor for the Master of Science in Engineering program.

  • A synthesis essay indicating how previous experiences relate to specific competencies or objectives.

To receive credit, contact the Program Coordinator to request a copy of the Credit for Professional Experience policy and complete the top portion of the Credit for Professional Experience Request Form. Attach a brief (two paragraph) statement explaining why you are requesting credit. Submit all supporting documents to your advisor or mail to:

Master of Science in Engineering Program
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
100 Ottensman Hall
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

A review fee will be applied to your account in PASS upon receipt of your documents.

Credit for PMP Certification

If you have received your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) you may be awarded credit for PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques I. Submit a notarized copy of your certificate or verification of the certificate through the PMI website to your advisor.

An area of emphasis will be earned by completing at least nine credits in your chosen area.

Engineering Design

Deepen your understanding of the fundamental areas of engineering and acquire the skills to increase efficiencies and design optimal solutions in a variety of engineering and industrial settings.

ENGRG 7030 Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems
ENGRG 7070 Optimization with Engineering Applications
ENGRG 7510 Design of Experiments
ENGRG 7520 Design for Manufacturability
ENGRG 7530 Design for Usability
ENGRG 7540 Advanced Finite Element Method
ENGRG 7550 Product Design and Development
ENGRG 7560 Sustainability in Engineering Design and Manufacturing

Applications of Engineering Management

Evolve from a technical engineer into a manager of engineers. Strengthen the soft skills needed to motivate, develop, and direct employees as well as successfully manage projects and resources.

ENGRG 7810 Advanced Production and Operations Analysis
ENGRG 7820 Quality Engineering and Management
ENGRG 7830 Advanced Cost and Value Analysis
ENGRG 7840 Systems Engineering Management
ENGRG 7850 Taguchi Method of Designing Experiments
ENGRG 7860 Continuous Improvement with Lean Principles

Control (Electrical) Systems

Gain the ability to analyze and design classical, modern, and digital control systems in various areas of industry.

ENGRG 7310 Control Systems Engineering
ENGRG 7320 Modern Control Systems
ENGRG 7340 Digital Control Systems

Structural/Geotechnical Engineering

Explore the AASHTO LRFD design methods in the traditional geotechnical engineering design areas of shallow foundations, deep foundations, earth retaining structures, along with geosynthetics. Learn about LRFD design of steel structures and dynamics of structures, and LRFD design codes and methodologies.

ENGRG 5030 Linear Algebra
ENGRG 7540 Advanced Finite Element Method
ENGRG 6230 Structural Steel Design with LRFD or ENGRG 7220 Dynamics of Structures
ENGRG 7260 Advanced Shallow Foundations Design w/ LRFD ApplicationsENGRG 7270 Advanced Deep Foundations Design w/ LRFD ApplicationsENGRG 7280 Geosynthetics Engineering, or ENGRG 7290 Earth Retaining Structures: Design, Analysis, and LRFD


ENGRG 5030 Linear Algebra and ENGRG 7540 Advanced Finite Element Methods should be completed prior to taking the Structural/Geotechnical courses. For the Structural/Geotechnical Engineering technical emphasis, elective courses must be chosen from the Structural/Geotechnical Engineering technical emphasis area listed above.

You'll earn your degree by successfully completing 30 graduate credits. Tailor your education to match your career goals with the wide variety of elective courses. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated.

An undergraduate Calculus I course is required to have been completed with a minimum grade of C- before advancing past six graduate credits.

Core Courses (12 credits)

ENGRG 5000 Engineering Communications
ENGRG 5030 Linear Algebra (Required for Structural/Geotechnical emphasis) or ENGRG 6050 Applied Statistics
ENGRG 7030 Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems or ENGRG 7070 Optimization with Engineering Applications
ENGRG 7800 Engineering Management

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Elective courses available for Engineering Design, Applications of Engineering Management, and Control (Electrical) Systems.

Cutting-edge curriculum assures that the knowledge you gain is relevant to today's needs in the discipline of engineering. Your academic advisor will guide you in selecting courses that allow you to make Your Best Career Move.

BUSADMIN 6100 Supply Chain Management or ISCM 7100 International Supply Chain Management
PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques I
PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II
ENGRG 7220 Dynamics of Structures
ENGRG 7290 Earth Retaining Structures: Design, Analysis, and LRFD
ENGRG 7930 Special Topics in Engineering* (1-3 credits)
ENGRG 7980 Independent Study in Engineering* (1-3 credits)

To ensure an admission decision for the desired semester, please submit your completed application and supporting materials by the following dates:

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

Although the master’s program requires no entrance exam, such as the GRE or GMAT, some programs may have specific admission requirements. To be considered for admission, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree 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 are 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, or who possess a bachelor’s degree in a non-related field, but who meet one of the requirements listed below may be considered for full standing through a comprehensive review of their application material.

  • 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

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 dean of the School of Graduate Studies. You may also apply as a Special Student.

Engineering Program Requirements

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.

Admission Procedures for Pursuing a Master’s Degree

To apply for the master's degree program, you must:

  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Pay a $56 non-refundable application fee at our secure online site or mail a check payable to:

Center for Distance Learning
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville WI 53818-3099

  1. Request an official transcript be sent directly from your undergraduate degree-granting institution to the Center for Distance Learning at the address above. We cannot accept or evaluate unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) where the course work was completed. Your application is not complete until we receive your transcript(s). All transcripts become the property of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

  2. Provide official transcripts for any previously earned graduate credits to be considered for transfer. For an engineering degree, a course syllabus may also be required for transfer credits.

  3. Email a detailed employment résumé to the Center for Distance Learning at M.S. in Criminal Justice applicants should also submit a brief personal statement of purpose and goals.

You may be contacted for additional information to support your admission. International applicants will follow a slightly modified procedure.

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 coordinator’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 academic average.

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 Center for Distance Learning 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. ECE or WES requires 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 a translated copy if your transcript is not in English. Neither UW-Platteville nor ECE provide translation services. You are responsible for providing a translated copy of your transcript.

  2. Go to the ECE or WES website and click Apply Now. Use Course by Course for your report option.

  3. Pay all fees associated with setting up an account.

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 Center for Distance Learning. As an alternative, you may submit a scoring report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Program admission requires a band-level score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub score.

An Official TOEFL Score that meets one of the following minimum requirements:

Test Date Taken Total Minimum Score Subject Area Minimum Requirement
Paper-Based Test Prior to October 2017 550 N/A
Paper-Based Test


October 2017 or after




Must meet or exceed all subject minimums:
Reading (20)
Listening (20)
Writing (22)
Internet-Based Test




80 AND must meet minimums for all subject areas as noted to the right


Must meet or exceed all subject minimums:
Reading (20)
Listening (20)
Speaking (28)
Writing (22)

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