Master of Science, Engineering Mechanics – Aerospace Engineering option

Due to safety concerns for all prospective students during the COVID-19 crisis, GRE scores are optional for Spring 2022 applications to all Engineering Mechanics and all Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics graduate programs. Summer and Fall 2022 requirements will be decided soon.

Program Details: Engineering Mechanics - Aerospace Engineering option

The Aerospace Engineering named option of the Master of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics is an accelerated coursework-only program, where students will learn advanced mechanics topics pertaining to the aerospace field. The curriculum is structured around the areas of fluid mechanics, rigid-body dynamics, structural dynamics, aerospace mechanics and materials, and computation. The 2-3 semester 30-credit program is intended to be minimally interruptive to a professional engineering career while providing a rigorous masters-level education and increased earning potential. Students entering with an ABET-accredited engineering BS may be eligible to apply up to 7 credits of relevant undergraduate coursework toward the Aerospace Engineering named option MS.

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Degree Information

The Department of Engineering Physics (EP) reviews Engineering Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering graduate student applications for the fall each year. The application deadline is December 15 for fall and October 1 for spring, questions contact In order to be reviewed for admission, ALL application materials must be submitted online through the Graduate School’s application portal.

Admission Requirements & Materials:

  1. ALL applicants must meet the general Graduate School Admission Requirements. 
  1. GRE scores are not required for admission application. 
  1. All degree-seeking students must submit an online application to the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Graduate School and pay the application fee. 
  1. Within the application:
  • All applicants must upload a copy of their transcripts from their undergraduate institution and other previous higher education institutions. Applicants must upload a transcript for each college-level institution attended. Please do not send any hardcopies of transcripts unless specifically instructed to do so by the EP Graduate Admissions Office.
  • All applicants must submit a statement of purpose/reasons for graduate study. UW-Madison Graduate School Guidelines for the statement of purpose are found at Note that information on research interests and aspirations is important for the application review process.
  • All applicants must submit at least three letters of recommendation, uploaded electronically through the electronic application system. 
  1. International Students:  International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores, and a minimum score of 100 is needed for admission. Please refer to the Graduate School’s Admission Requirements page for the minimum required scores. Scores are accepted if they are within two years of the start of the admissions term for which applicants are applying. Scores should be electronically sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to institution code 1846 (no department code is needed). 

Scores from this exam are required unless you met one of the following exemptions:

  • English is the exclusive language of instruction at the undergraduate level
  • You earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment
  • You completed at least two full-time semesters of graded course work, excluding English as a second language (ESL) courses, at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction, not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment

Please do not mail any paper copies of application materials. They will not be reviewed. Please only upload the required application materials with the Graduate School application. This includes transcripts. Applicants who are recommended for admission by the EP Graduate Studies Committee will receive further instructions from the EP Graduate Admissions Office. 

Application Status:

Monitor your application status by visiting the “Graduate Application Status” window within your MyUW portal (information on this is received after submitting an application). You may need to activate a NetID to gain access to the MyUW portal (information sent after submitting an application).

Most admissions decisions are made by the end of March or by early April. Applicants receive an e-mail from the EP Graduate Admissions Office with the admissions decision as soon as the office receives it.

Note:  The Department of Engineering Physics does not offer assistantship positions to its FAM students.  The two semesters of the program are academically accelerated, and students are not expected to accommodate time for assistantship work.

Further questions related to the Engineering Mechanics program admissions process may be directed to

Re-entry applicants:  If you were previously enrolled as a graduate student in the Department of Engineering Physics but have had a break in enrollment for a minimum of a fall or spring term, you will need to re-apply to resume your studies. Please review the Graduate School requirements for re-entry students. Your previous faculty advisor (or another EP faculty advisor) must be willing to supply advising support and should contact/e-mail the EP Graduate Admissions & Student Services Coordinator regarding next steps in the process.


Aerospace Engineering Curriculum

Credits Requirement: 30

Of the 30 credits counted towards the degree, at least 15 must be at the graduate level.

Fall Semester 13 Credits


EP 547            3cr Grad         Eng Analysis I

EMA 601        1cr                  Special Topics in Engineering Mechanics (Mechanics Seminar only)

Choose 9 additional credits

Spring Semester 13 Credits


EMA 601        1cr                  Special Topics in Engineering Mechanics (Mechanics Seminar only)

Choose 12 additional credits

3rd Term 4 Credits

(Two courses), 4 credits

TOTAL = 30 cr; Grad = 15 cr

Required Courses

Elective Courses

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