Stand Out as an Innovative Power Engineer
The Master of Science: Electrical Engineering program will prepare you for leading edge positions in industry in the areas of electric power, power electronics, motor drives, and electric machines.
UW-Madison’s Power Engineering master’s degree provides graduate students applicable and theoretical knowledge in power electronics, including alternative energy, through research and study of technological and conceptual innovations in electrical and computer engineering.
The education you receive at UW-Madison is directly applicable to a career in industry and is suitable for a new or recent graduate, as well as experienced professionals who seek the necessary (re)training to change or advance their careers.
UW–Madison’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is recognized for excellence in research, instruction and service to the profession. It ranks among the top electrical and computer engineering departments in national surveys, consistently producing talented graduates whose skills are highly respected throughout the nation and around the world.
Learn and Network with the Best in the Industry
The Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) is a UW–Madison technology focus center sponsored by companies holding an interest in electric machines and power electronics. With a mission to provide education, research and service, WEMPEC is a model program demonstrating strong interaction between university and industry.
UW-Madison’s online engineering graduate programs are world-class degree and consistently ranked in the Top 10 online engineering master’s programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Admittance into the Master of Science: Electrical Engineering program requires completion of the Capstone Certificate in Power Conversion and Control.
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Become a Versatile Leader
Through this program, which features faculty members from Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), you will advance your engineering skills and learn the latest technology in power electronics, electric machines, actuators, sensors, drives, motion control and drive applications.
The distance-learning design of this program allows you to learn off campus at times convenient to your full-time work schedule.
The main features of the University of Wisconsin’s online Master of Science: Electrical Engineering program include:
- Core power engineering courses at one of the world’s finest universities
- Interdisciplinary courses focusing on advanced automation and robotics, and computer control of machines and processes
- A flexible, award-winning distance education model
- Professional skills training and solid hands-on experience through a three-week summer on-campus lab course
- Industry experience and exposure with experts from WEMPEC
Graduate students in this program apply scientific methods to understand and cope with the various problems of electrical power engineering. Students also develop the ability to adapt new scientific findings in electrical and computer engineering to solve power challenges in real-world contexts.
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Education Designed to Help You Succeed
Online courses in the program foster flexibility and open-mindedness, which are major qualifications of the electrical engineer.
UW–Madison and Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) faculty have established a comprehensive curriculum in the electrical machines and power electronics field that serves students at the university, as well as engineers already established in the industry.
Many courses in the Master of Science: Electrical Engineering are taught by distinguished faculty from WEMPEC and UW–Madison’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which is recognized for excellence in research, instruction and service to the profession.
The University of Wisconsin’s online Master of Science: Electrical Engineering program requires 30 credits including a three-week summer on-campus lab course to complete the degree.
Each of these three options REQUIRES students to enroll in one summer lab course to fulfill degree requirements. Labs available are: ECE 504, ECE 512, or ME 577.
Courses in the power engineering curriculum offers students a chance to improve their skill set. The curriculum is designed to provide students with an engaging experience that is accessible anywhere, even when working full-time. This MS degree requires 30 credits, 15 of which must be ECE 400+ credits. In addition students choose between a course option or thesis/project option.
Introduction to Electric Drive Systems
Power Electronic Circuits
Learn the basic theory underlying the analysis and design of adjustable-speed drive systems employing power electronic converters and AC or DC machines. Learn the basic concepts of torque and speed control in both DC and AC machines, including variable-frequency operation of induction and synchronous machines, field-oriented control, and more. Taken as part of the Power Conversion and Control Capstone Certificate.
Electric Power Systems
In this introduction to the basic power electronic devices, you will study and analyze fundamental power conditioning converters. Course material will cover piecewise linear, uncontrolled circuits; power electronic devices; and AC/DC, DC/DC, AC/AC, and resonant converters. Taken as part of the Power Conversion and Control Capstone Certificate.
Master computation, design, and analysis techniques appropriate to industrial and utility level-three phase electric power systems. Course concepts include: electric power systems, fundamental analysis techniques, transmission line parameters and modeling, transfer modeling, power flow analysis, economic dispatch and competitive generation pricing, and more.
Computer Control of Machines and Processes
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of single input, single output (SISO) continuous closed-loop control system analysis and design. Discrete (computer) control also is introduced including analysis in the z domain. Taken as part of the Power Conversion and Control Capstone Certificate.
Electric Machines and Drive Systems Laboratory
Gain a comprehensive introduction to digital computer control theory and application, as well as sequential logic control. An increasing demand for engineers with automatic control background has been accelerated by the proliferation of computer control applications. The design of industrial processes and machines must be influenced by engineers with computer control background and experience to effectively apply computer control technology.
Theory and Control of Synchronous Machines
This laboratory course consists of a series of experiments exploring the steady-state and dynamic performance of electric machines in combination with power electronic converters. Learn techniques for parameter measurement and performance evaluation of induction, PM synchronous, and switched reluctance machine drives, including exercises to compare predicted and measured performance characteristics. This is a three-week summer course offered in even years. Campus attendance is required.
Power Electronics Laboratory
Learn the basic theory for analyzing and applying synchronous machines in electric power systems and motors in electric drives. After reviewing electromagnetic theory and analysis for synchronous machine steady state behavior, you will apply the analysis and control of synchronous generators in the context of power systems applications (like transient stability, sub-synchronous resonance, small disturbance stability, and inter-area oscillations) and other applications including variable frequency drives and permanent magnet motors.
Automatic Controls Laboratory
This laboratory introduces the measurement and simulation of important operating characteristics related to power electronic circuits and power semiconductor devices. Emphasis will be given to devices, circuits, gating methods, and power quality. This is a three-week summer course offered in odd years. Campus attendance is required.
Advanced Independent Study (320-699)
Control theory is reduced to engineering practice through the analysis and design of actual systems in the laboratory. Experiments are conducted with modern servo systems using both analog and digital control. Systems identification and modern controls design are applied to motion and torque control. This is a three-week summer course offered in odd years. Campus attendance is required.
Dynamics and Control of AC Drives
Solid State Power Conversion
This course covers the development and application of techniques needed to analyze and control the dynamic performance of AC machine drive systems using power electronic converters. Content includes d-q rotating reference frame modeling of AC machines and power converters needed for closed-form analysis and simulation of both AC induction and synchronous machines, leading to exploration of high-performance control techniques including current regulation, field orientation control, and direct torque control.
Electromagnetic Design of AC Machinery
Learn systematic analytical techniques to critically study the design and control of power converters of various topologies and functions. You will also receive a brief introduction to EMI analysis and mitigation techniques.
Utility Application of Power Electronics
Electromagnetic design concepts and application to AC machines, magnetic circuit concepts, calculation of equivalent circuit parameters of induction, synchronous and permanent magnet machines from geometric data, copper and iron loss calculations, theory and application of finite elements to electromagnetic devices. Offered every third semester.
Power electronic application to utility systems is a rapidly growing field with major impact on the industry. Leaern about HVDC transmission, energy storage systems, renewable sources, static compensators, flexible AC transmission systems, and more.
Dynamics of Controlled Systems
This course is an in-depth study of advanced robotics modeling and control. Topics include kinematics, motion planning, dynamics and control of serial chain robotic manipulators. Concepts are explored through a combination of theoretical and numerical modeling techniques.
Advanced Computer Control of Machines and Processes
Using non-linear, multivariable control design methods to provide insight into meeting both command-driven and disturbance-driven system requirements, this course will apply physics-based principles to control system design. This course will cover topics such as multivariable control design and observer-based estimation methodologies and will emphasize application to multi-axis precision motion control, motor drive and flux control, and power electronics current and voltage dynamics.
Master's Research and Thesis (Power)
In this course you will gain a thorough understanding of continuous and discrete control system analysis and design using classical and modern approaches. You will become familiar with the use of computational tools in MATLAB through a variety of application examples.
This course is intended for students who work on a Master's thesis or project under the supervision of a faculty member.
Faculty members in the power engineering program are experts in their field and provide students with engaging, real-word educational examples and activities that they can put to use immediately in their daily work.
Freddette is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UW-Madison. He is interested in the design, simulation, modeling, controls, and development of power conversion systems for alternative energy (wind, solar PV, fuel cells) and industrial (HVAC, elevator, traction) applications. Fredette has delivered innovative, producible solutions to the industrial, aerospace, and alternative energy fields. He has acquired a wide range of industrial experience through work for United Technologies, Vestas Technology R&D, and American Superconductor (AMSC). He has a PhD from UW-Madison.
Jahns is a Grainger professor of Power Electronics and Electric Machines in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Jahns's research interests span the technical fields of electrical machines, power electronics, and adjustable-speed drives. He has a long record of research contributions in the area of permanent magnet synchronous machines for a wide variety of applications ranging from high-performance electric vehicles to low-cost appliance drives. A significant theme of his research is the integration of power electronics into electric machines, loads, and sources in order to reduce weight and cost while increasing reliability. He is also actively involved in the development of renewable energy sources, energy storage, and microgrids for the future electric grid. Jahns received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ludois is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ludois is co-founder and CTO of C-Motive Technologies, a firm dedicated to the development of energy and cost efficient electric motors and non-contact power transfer devices. He received the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Innovation Award in 2012, and the NSF CAREER Award in 2015. Ludois’ research interests include power electronics, electric machines and sustainable engineering practices. He has authored several journal publications and conference papers. Ludois holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Venkataramanan is a professor in electrical and computer engineering at UW–Madison. His areas of expertise include applications of power electronics in building lighting, climate conditioning, industrial motor control, electric generation, transmission and distribution and transportation systems; renewable power generation systems; and operation and control of microgrids and smart grids in distributed generation, energy storage, combined heat and power, electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Venkataramanan received the Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Government College of Technology in Coimbature, India, and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Zinn is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests are broadly directed at understanding and overcoming the design and control challenges of complex electro-mechanical systems with a primary focus on human-centered robotics. Zinn teaches Advanced Robotics, Dynamic Systems, and Control Systems, among other courses. He also directs graduate student research and advanced independent study. Prior to joining UW-Madison, he was Director of Systems and Controls Engineering at Hansen Medical where he helped to develop the world’s first commercially available minimally invasive flexible surgical robotic system. He also has more than 10 years of electro-mechanical system design and manufacturing experience in aerospace and high-technology industries. Zinn received his BS and MS from MIT and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
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Graduate Program Coordinator
Harrison serves as the graduate programs coordinator for students in online programs in the Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil & Environmental Engineering Departments in the College of Engineering. She manages the admissions and advising for graduate students in these departments, and serves as a resource for students in working with offices across the university, the enrollment process, and graduation requirements. Harrison works closely with students to ensure they meet department course requirements, and acts as an advocate for student needs in the Departments, College of Engineering and larger campus community. She also collaborates with program directors, faculty and staff on all student related matters.
Admission requirements for the Master of Science: Electrical Engineering program are listed below.
Exceptions to standard admission requirements are considered by the admissions committee on an individual basis.
- A BS degree from a program accredited by the ABET or the equivalent.* An electrical engineering major is preferred.
- 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. Applicants from an international institution must have a strong academic performance comparable to a 3.00 for an undergraduate or master’s degree. All GPAs are based on a 4.00 scale. We use your institution’s grading scale; do not convert your grades to a 4.00 scale.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 580 on the written version, 243 on the computer version, or 92 on the Internet version.
- International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree.
We do not require applicants to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
*Equivalency to an ABET accredited program: Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited program may also qualify for admission to the program. Such applicants must have a BS in science, technology, or a related field with sufficient coursework and professional experience to demonstrate proficiency in engineering practice OR at least 16 credits of math and science coursework. Registration as a professional engineer by examination, if achieved, should be documented to support your application.
All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the National Society of Professional Engineers website for contact information for state licensing boards
Applications are accepted for admission during the Fall and Spring terms.
To start the process, please read the admission requirements to determine your eligibility. If you have questions about your eligibility, please request an eligibility review by e-mailing Daryl Haessig at email@example.com. This e-mail should include a copy of your current resume and informal transcripts.
Admission is competitive and selective.
Steps to Apply Now
Step 1: Email your Intent to Apply
Email the admissions committee chair and state your intent to apply and to which program. Attach your current resume or CV to your Intent to Apply email.
Your resume/CV should include at least:
- Educational history (including GPA, awards and honors received).
- Professional work experience (including specific details on your engineering experience, technical training, and responsibilities).
- Listing of professional association memberships, advanced training (such as a PE license) and other noteworthy, personal- or engineering-related details.
Step 2: Submit the Online Application
In the application be sure to:
- Upload a pdf version of your current resume/CV
- Upload a pdf version of your “Reasons for Graduate Study” essay
- Upload a pdf version of your transcripts
- Enter contact information for at least three professional recommendations, including at least one from a direct supervisor
- Important: Complete the application by submitting the application fee. Applications submitted without paying the fee cannot be reviewed and will not be acted on.
Step 3: Complete a Phone Interview
After all of your application materials have been received, the admissions committee chair will schedule a phone interview with you. Once completed, your application will be presented to the Admissions Committee for evaluation at the next scheduled meeting.
Step 4: The Admission Decision
Admission decisions are made on applications in the order received. The Admissions committee will make one of the following decisions:
- Recommend admission to the UW-Madison Graduate School
- Request additional information before evaluating further
- Decline further consideration of your application
After a decision has been made on your application, the admissions committee chair will contact you by email to inform you of the decision and to schedule a time to discuss the decision and your next steps.
The admissions committee provides admission recommendations to the Graduate School. The Graduate School is the formal admitting office for graduate students and retains ultimate authority on all admissions decisions.
Step 5: Request Transcripts
If accepted into the program, arrange to have one copy of your undergraduate final official transcripts sent directly from your previous educational institution to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. International applicant’s academic records must include an official English translation done by the bachelor’s degree granting institution OR an official translator. See https://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/requirements/ for country specific information.
If your transcript does not have a degree and conferral date posted, the Graduate School will need a final official transcript before you begin your studies.
Directions to send official transcripts to the University of Wisconsin Madison Graduate School:
1) Order your transcript through your institution.
2) We prefer electronic transcripts if your institution offers that option.
3) If not, please send paper copies to the address below. Please do not send both a paper and electronic copy of the same transcript.
The Graduate School Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin-Madison
232 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(University of Wisconsin Madison students do not need to send official transcripts, since we have access to them.)
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition Costs |
$1,600 per credit (based on 2015-16 tuition rates), payable at the beginning of each semester.
Tuition Includes |
- Technology costs for Internet course delivery
Total Tuition |
Total tuition for this program is $48,000* for students entering in Summer 2015.
*This total does not include travel and other expenses associated with the three-week summer on-campus lab courses, textbooks, or course software. Software required for courses is typically available in educational versions at substantial discounts.
Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to receive some level of funding through the federal direct loan program. These loans are available to qualified graduate students who are taking at least four credits during the Fall and Spring semesters, and two credits during Summer. Private loans are also available. Learn more about financial aid at finaid.wisc.edu.
Many students receive some financial support from their employers. Often, students find it beneficial to sit down with their employer and discuss how this program applies to their current and future responsibilities. Other key points to discuss include how participation will not interrupt your work schedule.
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