Accelerated Master’s Degree in Modeling and Simulation in Mechanical Engineering

The Modeling and Simulation in Mechanical Engineering MS program is geared toward preparing students for a career in industry with a focus on simulation and analysis. With a strong emphasis on modeling and simulation, graduates of this program will be poised to immediately participate in analysis driven design in industry in application areas related to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer,  solid mechanics, biomechanics, and manufacturing.

Is This Program Right For You?

The accelerated pace of the Modeling and Simulation in Mechanical Engineering program is well suited to individuals who are interested in mastering the use of computers for the end goal of solving challenging Engineering problems via simulation. The required coursework draws upon the world-leading modeling and simulation research performed throughout the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The coursework only program is a fast paced progression through a pool of courses with a stated objective of endowing students with: (1) computational engineering literacy; and, (2) a strong modeling and simulation skillset. Combined, these are highly marketable and increasingly relied upon in industry.


In one year, students take 30 credits in a combination of foundation, core, and elective courses. The backbone of the program is a Fall-Spring sequence of two “computers in Engineering” foundation classes: ME 459, Computing Concepts for Applications in Engineering and ME 759, High Performance Computing for Applications in Engineering. Beyond these two foundation classes, the students choose four more core courses from a carefully selected pool of Mechanical Engineering modeling courses anchored in application areas such as thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, biomechanics, and manufacturing. In addition to core and foundation classes, students select four more elective classes that fit their educational priorities to complete the 30 credit requirement of the 12 month-long program.


The purpose of the Modeling and Simulation in Mechanical Engineering program is to prepare students to work in simulation and analysis in industry. This focus differs from the standard research-based MS program by replacing the independent research that leads to a written thesis with a focused accelerated coursework plan. If you are interested in research and advanced concept development, you may be better served pursuing a research-focused MS program. If you want to complete your degree in 12 months and utilize your new modeling and simulation skillset in industry, then the Modeling and Simulation in Mechanical Engineering program is right for you.

What You Learn

  • Fundamentals of computing and simulation concepts
  • Application of high performance computing to engineering problems
  • Modeling and simulation application to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, biomechanics, and manufacturing
At A Glance
DeliveryIn class instruction
Credits30 graduate credits
Time Frame1 year - Completion of program to be done within 1 year starting Fall semester only
TuitionResident: $6005/semester + $2997 for 6 summer credits (Fall 2018 information)
Nonresident: $12,668/semester + $6,329 for 6 summer credits (Fall 2018 information)
DegreeMaster of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Offered ByThe UW-Madison College of Engineering
Application DeadlineJanuary 1

Degree & Prospective Student Information

  • 30 credit degree program; may transfer up to 12 credits of prior graduate coursework from an institution other than UW-Madison with program approval. Course work earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
  • UW-Madison students completing their Bachelor’s degree in the Mechanical Engineering department at UW-Madison may count up to 7 credits of coursework numbered 400 and above towards degree with program approval.
  • Half of degree coursework (15 out of 30 total credits) must be graduate coursework. Must maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in program. Students must earn a C or above in all formal coursework.
  • Completion of program to be done within 1 calendar year (Starting Fall semester only).
  • For complete degree requirements and policies see the ME Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook – MS and PhD

Applicants must first meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School.
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Applicants must also meet department specific requirements as outlined below:

  • BS Degree in Mechancial Engineering or related area or equivalent
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 580 (written), 243 (computer-based test), or 90 (Internet version).
  • Scores from one these exams 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 accrcedited 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 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
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required

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Information for Current Students

30 credits are required.

Two semesters of ME 903 Graduate Seminar are required.

Students are required to take the following two courses (6 credits total):

  • ME 459 (3 credits) – Computing Concepts for Applications in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 759 (3 credits) – High Performance Computing for Applications in Engineering

A minimum of 4 courses (12 credits total) must be taken from the courses listed:

  • ME 440 (3 credits) – Intermediate Vibrations
  • ME 451 (3 credits) – Introduction to Computational Dynamics
  • ME 460 (3 credits) – Applied Thermal / Structural Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 535 (3 credits) – Computer-Aided Geometric Design
  • ME 548 (3 credits) – Introduction to Design Optimization (In development)
  • ME 558 (3 credits) – Introduction to Computational Geometry
  • ME 564 (3 credits) – Heat transfer
  • ME 573 (3 credits) – Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 601 (3 credits) – Medical Image Based Modeling
  • ME 601 (3 credits) – Digital Design and Fabrication
  • ME 601 (3 credits) – Applied & Computational Math w/Engineering Apps
  • ME 603 (3 credits) – Finite Element Method for Biomechanics
  • ME 605 (3 credits) – Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 705 (3 credits) – Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 739 (3 credits) – Advanced Robotics
  • ME 748 (3 credits) – Advanced Optimization Methods
  • ME 751 (3 credits) – Advanced Computational Dynamics
  • ME 764 (3 credits) – Advanced Heat Transfer I-Conduction
  • ME 964 (3 credits) – Two-Phase Flow Theory and Computation

Acceptable courses for the remaining course credits are those numbered 400 and above. Certain 300-level courses outside of Mechanical Engineering are also accepted (click here for a list of acceptable courses).

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. If an applicant is admitted by the ME Admissions Committee, they will receive further instructions from the ME Graduate Admissions Office.

Applicants should 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.

We anticipate most decisions will be made by mid-March for Fall semester applications. Applicants will receive an e-mail from the ME Graduate Admissions Office with the Admissions Committee’s decision as soon as the office receives it.

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