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Administrative Unit:Engineering Professional Development
College/School: College of Engineering
Admitting Plans:M.Engr.
Degrees Offered:M.Engr.
Named Options: Engine Systems (M.Engr.); Professional Practice (M.Engr.); Sustainable Systems Engineering (M.Engr.); Technical Japanese (M.Engr.)
Specializations: Master of Engineering in Engine Systems; Master of Engineering in Professional Practice; Master of Engineering in Technical Japanese

Faculty: Professors O'Leary (chair), Davis (director of M.Engr. Technical Japanese); Faculty Associates Anderson (director of M.Engr. Engine Systems), Pferdehirt (director of M.Engr. Professional Practice)

Overview

The Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD) offers the online master of engineering with options in engine systems, professional practice and technical Japanese, and a graduate certificate program in technical communication. In addition to credit instruction, the department provides continuing education courses to practicing professionals. Each year more than 20,000 engineers and technical professionals from across the United States update their knowledge through the department's short courses, seminars, custom courses, and distance learning offerings.

Master of Engineering in Engine Systems 

The master of engineering in engine systems (MEES) degree is the only online engineering master's degree focused on internal combustion engine development. This interactive, Web-based program provides internal combustion engine engineers with a broad base of skills in:

  • Dynamics and design
  • Material science and fluid mechanics
  • Electronics and control
  • Global teamwork

The MEES program is tailored for working engineers, offering:

  • An online platform accessible to you from anywhere in the world
  • Flexible learning times
  • Courses and projects that apply immediately to real-world work
  • A supportive structure that keeps you on track

A small cohort of students is selected each year; admission requirements for engineers interested in applying are:

  • B.S. degree in engineering or similar degree from an ABET-accredited program
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work) or a master's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00

This 28-credit program spans seven semesters, or three-and-a-half years. Students are required to attend a one-week residency on the UW–Madison campus each year of the program. For details, please contact Dr. Sandra Anderson, program director, at 608-890-2026; anderson@epd.engr.wisc.edu; see also the MEES website.

Master of Engineering in Professional Practice 

The master of engineering in professional practice (MEPP) is a two-year online engineering master's degree program designed to give experienced engineers from all disciplines the tools and capabilities to be more effective engineering leaders. Students gain technical proficiency in:

  • Project management
  • Business operations
  • Communications
  • Quality management
  • Applied statistics
  • Computer-based problem solving
  • International engineering practices

MEPP is tailored for working engineers, offering:

  • An online platform accessible to you from anywhere in the world
  • Flexible learning times
  • Courses and projects that apply immediately to real-world work
  • A supportive structure that keeps you on track

A cohort of 30 students begins in June each year. Candidates must complete 26 credits in 10 required courses. The degree may be earned by engineers who have:

  • A B.S. degree in engineering from an ABET-approved program
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work) or a master's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Four years of post-baccalaureate work experience in engineering 

Interested applicants with B.S. degrees in related fields should contact the director of student services for more specific admission information at 608-262-0133 or meppapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu. For further details about the program, contact Wayne Pferdehirt, program director, at 608-265-2361, wppferde@wisc.edu, or see the MEPP website.

Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering

The master of engineering in sustainable systems engineering (SSE) is an online master's degree program designed to prepare students to understand and drive change within an organization as it relates to complex systems and their impact on the quality of water, land, air, energy, economics, and society.

Students will gain an understanding of sustainable principles, and have the opportunity to specialize in:

  • Energy production and distribution
  • Facilities and built environment
  • Communications
  • Public infrastructure

SSE is tailored for working engineers, offering:

  • Knowledge and skills that can immediately be applied to work situations
  • Project-based learning with experienced professionals
  • Award-winning distance-learning design

Candidates must complete 27 credits, consisting of required courses, approved electives, and a capstone project. The degree may be earned by engineers who have a B.S. degree in engineering from an ABET-approved program, a GPA of 3.0 (on a scale where 4.0 = A), and three letters of recommendation. Interested applicants with B.S. degrees in related fields should contact the director of student services for more specific admission information at 608-262-0133 or sseapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu. For details, please contact Marty Gustafson, program director, at 608-262-8819; magustafson2@wisc.edu; see also sustainable.engr.wisc.edu.

Master of Engineering in Technical Japanese 

The master of engineering in technical Japanese (METJ) provides the necessary skills and knowledge to interact effectively with Japanese counterparts in the technical or business arena. This degree program begins in the fall of each year. To obtain the degree, candidates must complete at least 24 credits of approved course work (beyond a B.S. degree) in technical Japanese, Japanese language, and technology development in Japan. 

Students with a bachelor's degree other than a bachelor of science must provide transcript evidence of the completion of a minimum of 16 semester credits of undergraduate courses in science or engineering in order to be admitted to this degree program. All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA from their undergraduate institution (where 4.0 = A).

All courses are offered regularly to students on the UW–Madison campus, and are also offered at a distance. Students must complete EPD 374/375. Other courses may be selected by the student from the list of approved courses. At least 6 credits must be in courses numbered 500 or higher. No more than 6 credits of independent study (EPD 699) are allowed. Because at least four courses will be offered each semester, it is possible to complete the degree in one academic year. For questions concerning the curriculum or the application process, contact Professor James L. Davis, program director, at 608-262-4810, jdavis@engr.wisc.edu; see also the METJ website.

Technical Communication Certificate (discontinued effective spring 2014)

Note: This certificate has been discontinued, effective spring semester 2014. The information here is for students already enrolled in the program. [catalog update 1/27/14]

The Technical Communication Certificate (TCC) provides an opportunity for students to complement their graduate programs with a concentration in communication courses. Because engineers are frequently called upon to communicate with customers, managers, the public, and within organizations, strong communication skills are essential for dispersing technical ideas and research to the larger public and engineering fields.

The technical Communication Certificate is a 24-credit program with specific prerequisites that often coincide with undergraduate studies, transferring in during graduate work.

For most students, classes in their work can cross-list for the TCC. Applications to enter the program can be sent in at any time during the year. Earn the Certificate by completing these elements:

  • 9 credits of Technical Proficiency courses, including one course each from mathematics/statistics, computer science, and management/economics/business (from approved list)
  • 5 credits in Technical Communication (required classes are EPD 397, EPD 497, EPD 398)
  • 10 credits of elective courses from an approved list, 7 of which come from Engineering Professional Development/Technical Communication. Languages above a 200 level can count for three of those credits with program approval.

Students must achieve a 3.5 grade point average in the Technical Communication Certificate courses and complete the program within five years of admittance. For more information, visit the Technical Communication Certificate website.

For more information:

Department of Engineering Professional Development: epd.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering in Engine Systems:: mees.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering in Professional Practice: mepp.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering: sustainable.engr.wisc.edu 
Master of Engineering in Technical Japanese:
metj.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering in Engine Systems or in Professional Practice: Department of Engineering Professional Development, 800-462-0876; custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu
Master of Engineering in Technical Japanese: Professor James L. Davis, B100 Biochemistry Building, Madison, WI 53706; jdavis@engr.wisc.edu
Technical Communication Certificate: tc@tc.engr.wisc.edu; 608-262-2472; tc.engr.wisc.edu

Application instructions for each program:

Gary Henderson, Director of Student Services, 608-262-0133; henderson@epd.engr.wisc.edu
MEES Program: meesapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu
MEPP Program: meppapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu
METJ Program: jdavis@engr.wisc.edu

 


This page was updated 7/20/12; 1/27/14.