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Renamed Master of Engineering Management advances UW leadership in online education

To more accurately reflect the curriculum of the degree, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is formally renaming the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice program as the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management.

Established in 1998 as UW-Madison’s first online degree, this program is designed to help mid-career engineers increase their effectiveness in managing projects and teams. The program has received several national and international awards for its highly innovative, collaborative approach to online education. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked UW–Madison No. 3 for graduate online engineering master’s programs.

“The Master of Engineering Management program is designed to meet the specific needs of engineers who are taking on increased management and leadership roles within the world of engineering. This program, under its previous name, has already graduated more than 400 engineers in positions ranging from project manager to CEO. The new name for the program makes its focus clearer to prospective students and employers,” says Wayne Pferdehirt, director of the program and a faculty associate in the department of engineering professional development.

The online Master of Engineering Management degree admits only 30 students per year, who average about 10 years of professional experience. Students appreciate learning with peers from other world-class engineering employers in a curriculum that emphasizes immediate application of learning to students’ workplace projects and teams. With the revised title, the Master of  Engineering Management program will continue to meet career advancement needs of engineers and will include a newly expanded curriculum.

“The program curriculum is being expanded from 26 to 30 credits as part of the Graduate School’s reaccreditation. This is creating an opportunity to add courses in negotiation, engineering law and creativity, topics we selected based on feedback from program graduates,” says Pferdehirt.

Students of the program are offered:

•Tools and strategies for succeeding in the increasingly global engineering marketplace.

• A unique blend of technical and managerial knowledge and skills to advance as a leader of engineering projects and teams.

•No interruption to career, work schedule or travel using Internet-based delivery

•Project-based learning with a select group of experienced engineers

For questions on the Master of Engineering Management, visit, or contact Wayne Pferdehirt, Master of Engineering Management program director,, 866-529-6377.

Beth Vander Meulen