University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Information for
future graduate students


Admission requirements


Applicant checklist

Campus slide show

Degree requirements / ME Graduate Handbook

Faculty advisor

Financial support

Frequently asked questions

Graduate catalog

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Graduate School

Graduate studies in mechanics


Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources

Program profile


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Tuition costs

Why UW-Madison?



Fall 2015
June 1st - International
August 1st - Domestic

For best funding consideration for fall 2016, please submit all application materials by December 15th. 

January 15th— International
January 15th — Domestic

October 1st— International
November 1st — Domestic

December 15th — International
December 15th— Domestic



Barry Crook
2107 Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Ave.


Student discussion in front of a whiteboard filled with ideas about business processes.

Left to right, students Jay Jung, Mallory Filko, Alonna Atterbury and Nick Fritz study in the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community (ERLC). The ERLC teaches the entrepreneurial process, with a focus on creativity and innovation. Photo: Bryce Richter. 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest departments in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It enrolls more than 500 undergraduate students and more than 200 graduate students from all over the world in MS and PhD programs. They are taught by 40 faculty members.


If you are enrolled in the ME department, you have access to the resources of a lively campus of 40,000 students as well as the specialized facilities of a large Engineering campus: the Wendt Commons, the well-equipped Computer-Aided Engineering with satellite sites within the Mechanical Engineering building, a cooperative education and internship program for undergraduate students, the Engineering Career Services Office, and top-of-the-line research laboratories.


As a mechanical engineering student, you are part of a stimulating learning community of highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students, energetic educators, creative researchers, and a dedicated staff. As an undergraduate working toward your bachelor’s degree, you learn the science and engineering principles of designing and building machines, structures, components, powertrains, pumps, compressors, turbines, engines, power plants, furnaces, refrigerators, air conditioners, and more. In addition to the formal classes, you can join exciting student project teams that build robots, human-powered vehicles, and experimental cars.


As a student, you learn from internationally-known professors who conduct in-depth research as well as teach the principles of engineering. Undergraduate students benefit from up-to-date knowledge and facilities. Graduate students benefit from research grants from industry and government as they work with these faculty in the study of mechatronics and robotics, design and manufacturing, mechanics, thermal science and materials processing.


As an ME graduate student, you enhance this learning process through advanced formal courses and laboratory research experience. The research groups provide a learning community of students and faculty. Additionally, the department’s weekly series of seminar speakers broadens exposure to current research endeavors in both academia and industry.