Engineering Data Analytics

Use complex data to build solutions and drive change

Be the one leadership turns to when they’re trying to solve complex engineering problems. You’ll be the one who can lead the decision-making process because you have technical expertise and the data to back you up.

Engineering is relying on data more than ever before, but few people understand how to use it. Whether you’re trying to figure out where the power is flowing on the grid, or how to anticipate when and where an accident could happen, you will be able to analyze and interpret data to develop innovative engineering solutions.

How We’re Different

Unlike traditional data science programs, this degree program doesn’t focus just on analytics.

You’ll be able to analyze, process, and build conclusions based on the data you collect in the design, testing and operations phases of numerous engineering processes. And you’ll be able to present these conclusions, whether it’s in person to senior management or through e-mails to colleagues.

What makes our program unique is the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge in your native engineering field, whether it’s electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, or materials engineering. Look from the “engineer out” as you apply your math, statistics and science background to data analysis.

And because you can focus on your native engineering field, you won’t be cornered by a preset curriculum. Own your learning by choosing electives that align with your field and interests—instead of being boxed in with lockstep course requirements. Our interdisciplinary coursework can be applied directly on the job, so you’ll gain real-world experience, course credit and props from your boss.

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The Master of Engineering: Engineering Data Analytics degree will give you the skills to know how and when to use data to solve complex engineering problems.

Whether you’re new to data analytics or have some experience in the field, our program is tailored to those who want to develop skills in a wide range of areas—whether it’s computer science, engineering, information management, or physical sciences. UW-Madison has strong ties to local companies and thought leaders in the field, so you’ll know where the industry is going—sometimes before everyone else!

You Can Study, Work, and Still Have a Life

You’re busy. You’ve got work, hobbies, friends, and family. That’s why we’ve tailored our program to fit into your lifestyle. Choose from the part-time or full-time program, and log in to learn when it works for you. Both programs are 100% online—no residencies or on-campus sessions required.

Unlike face-to-face programs, you can study on the treadmill and in between Netflix or gaming binges. We know you’re already busy—so there are no “busy work” assignment fillers. Our instructors to give you exactly what you need to excel at work the next day.

At UW-Madison, we know that learning is more than just academics.

Your learning isn’t limited to what’s contained in the curriculum. You’ll develop relationships with mentors and your fellow students, learn from their successes and failures, and they’ll learn from yours. With an online learning experience you can access 24-7, you can make what you learn your own. Talk about homework with your peers in the class discussion forum, or share some of the challenges you face daily on the job. Chances are, your fellow students have been in your shoes. And so have your instructors—while they’re among the best in their fields, they’re never too busy to answer your e-mail to give some advice.

Curriculum

Curriculum for this program is the result of a joint effort led by the College of Engineering, along with the Departments of Statistics and Computer Sciences, the School of Library and Information Sciences, as well as faculty across UW-Madison, working in Big Data and analytics space.

Our courses will build your ability to assemble and analyze data needed to face challenges in engineering systems. You will also learn to evaluate advanced computing tools, simulation, modeling, and engineering optimization. As a Master’s student, you will develop and polish your skills in project management, team leadership, and effective communication.


Typical Weekly Schedule

In a typical week, you will engage in online project work, readings and presentations designed to address engineering challenges, and further your problem-solving skills.

The weekly assignments afford you the flexibility to choose when to complete them, but weekend deadlines and structured support help keep you on track. Students also participate in weekly course web conferences where they interact with faculty and peer learners.

Each course will engage you in extensive, meaningful interaction with the instructor and other engineers without interruption to your work and travel plans. Depending on your background, you can expect to spend approximately 12-18 hours per course per week.

You can complete your Master of Engineering: Applied Computing and Engineering Data Analytics program in two years, depending on your schedule and course selections.


Academics

At the University of Wisconsin, we empower our students to become creative problem solvers, able to integrate statistical and data analysis with design and optimization, seek out and create new applications in computing, and adapt to new situations.

Curriculum

Curriculum* for this program is the result of a joint effort led by the College of Engineering, along with the Departments of Statistics and Computer Sciences, the School of Library and Information Sciences, as well as faculty across UW-Madison, working in Big Data and analytics space.

Our courses will build your ability to assemble and analyze data needed to face challenges in engineering systems. You will also learn to evaluate advanced computing tools, simulation, modeling, and engineering optimization. As a Master’s student, you will develop and polish your skills in project management, team leadership, and effective communication.

Degree Requirements

You will earn a Master of Engineering: Engineering Data Analytics option upon completion of 30 graduate credits required by the University of Wisconsin.The program and course schedule are designed to be flexible for part-time students, but the degree program can be completed in two years.

No On-Campus Residency Requirement

All of the courses are completely online, and students are not required to participate in an on-campus residency program. The Engineering Data Analytics program is offered in conjunction with the Wisconsin Applied Computing Center, and students are welcome to attend the annual Wisconsin Forum on Advanced Computing in Engineering in the spring of each year. Here they can share and learn from leading experts from academia and industry.

Courses

Courses in the Engineering Data Analytics curriculum will provide you with knowledge and application of the latest best practices and innovations.  Course projects that you select enable you to customize your learning and gain immediate impact.  Your elective courses provide complementary opportunities for focused application of data analytic methods and tools.  Professional development electives provide insights to improve your leadership of engineering data analytic initiatives.

Click here to download a program outline and learn more about the concentrations.

*curriculum subject to change

Data Analytics Core Courses (15 credits)

Learn principles and best practices in the design of database management systems. Explore database management issues, current trends, and developments in the database field. You will build entity-relationship diagrams and simple relational databases using SQL or GUI interfaces.

Instructor(s):

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

3 Credit(s)

Develop your ability to implement data-driven modeling techniques such as regression, classification, and principal component transformation. Understand the concept of model complexity and trade-off between model bias and variation, as well as improve your problem-solving capability using realistic industrial datasets.

Instructor(s):

Kaibo Liu

3 Credit(s)

Study and apply hardware and software solutions that enable the use of advanced computing in tackling computationally intensive engineering problems. Hands-on learning is promoted through programming assignments that leverage emerging hardware architectures and use parallel computing programming languages.

Instructor(s):

Dan Negrut

3 Credit(s)

Make better, data-driven decisions using statistical analysis. Students say this is the course that finally helps them understand statistics. In your course project, you’ll design and execute a physical experiment, and present the results. Course topics:

  • Tracking Down Variation, Descriptive Statistics, and a Start with Statistical Software
  • Probability Distributions, Sample Size Effects, and Confidence Intervals
  • Design of Experiments
  • Measurement Capability, Variance Components, and Gage R&R
  • Regression Analysis
  • Other Types of Data: Skewness, Proportions, and Counts
  • Process Capability Metrics, Data Transformation, and Response Surface Methodology

Instructor(s):

Conrad Fung

3 Credit(s)

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to successfully attack small to mid-scale software development projects. Understand and apply processes for developing software that runs stably and efficiently on modern hardware architectures. Course topics include: how to design a software program that runs well on a target architecture; how to manage the process of software development; why each application runs best on a particular hardware architecture; best practices for documenting code; and strategies for releasing software.

Instructor(s):

Dan Negrut

3 Credit(s)


Experience a Rich Learning Environment

UW’s online Engineering Data Analytics master’s program is designed for working professionals. The learning environment is flexible—allowing you to make the best use of your time, without interruption to work, family or other commitments.

We pair flexibility with a fixed curriculum and semester schedule that will help you maintain focus and consistent progress. This versatile but structured approach produces graduates with valuable new skills.

Our program is structured to capitalize on a variety of learning experiences. Learning in our program does not all happen in front of a computer. You will get the chance to provide insight in discussions, interact with experts from industry and academia, and use a variety of computer applications.

As a student, you will also have access to the UW-Madison academic libraries, which offer you 10 percent of the world’s library resources. Our students often highlight how regular check-in times, access to the Wisconsin Applied Computing Center’s advanced computing systems, and networking opportunities with fellow students, faculty and staff, enrich their experience in our program.

A supportive, collaborative environment

You will progress through the program as part of a vibrant learning community, and will constantly interact with peer learners via online tools like web conferencing, online discussion forums, email, and conference calls. Students and alumni often note the interactive approach is essential for staying engaged and on track for completing the program.

In addition, faculty and staff understand the challenges you face as a working professional and distance learner, and proactively monitor your progress. A full-time program advisor stands ready as your advocate in helping you with any issues that may influence your degree progress.


Faculty

UW-Madison’s academic reputation, research focus, and industry partnerships partners guarantee high-caliber staff for each of our online modules. Professors are dedicated to keep students engaged, progressing, and confident that their learning goals are being met. Our academic advising will ensure you get the responsiveness and support you need, while keeping you on track in your studies.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Engineering: Applied Computing and Engineering Data Analytics 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.*
  • 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

Application Overview

The admissions process has been designed to conduct a holistic review of your likelihood of success in the program. Decisions are based on your academic and professional background.

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 Shainah Greene at shainah.greene@wisc.edu. This e-mail should include a copy of your current resume and informal transcripts.

Applications are accepted for admission during the Fall term. Applications are reviewed in the order received, on a rolling basis until the July 1 deadline. Admission is competitive and selective. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit application materials prior to the deadline.

Steps to Apply Now

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.
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.

Arrange to have one copy of your official transcript sent directly from your previous educational institutions to the Department of Engineering Professional Development. Transcripts should be sent directly by the educational institution to the CoE Online Admissions Office.

We will accept transcripts via any delivery method options (including pdf) offered by the educational institutions you have previously attended. However, transcripts issued to students are not sufficient for admission to the Graduate School.

To avoid processing delays, have your transcripts sent directly to:

CoE Online Admissions Office
Attn: Shainah Greene
432 N. Lake Street, Room 701
Madison, WI  53706

(For pdf’s, use the following email address: shainah.greene@wisc.edu.)

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.

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.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition Costs

$1,300 per credit (based on 2016-17 tuition rates), payable at the beginning of each semester. 

Tuition Includes
  • Technology costs for Internet course delivery
  • Live webconferencing
  • Toll-free telephone line for the audio portion of conference calls
  • Library use
  • Use of the webconferencing facilities for group project work for program courses
  • Advising
  • Technical support
  • Access to campus computing resources 
Total Tuition

Total tuition for this program is $48,000* for students entering in Fall 2016. 

*Based on 2015-2016 tuition rate. This total does not include textbooks or course software. Software required for courses is typically available in educational versions at substantial discounts.

Federal Loans

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.

Employer Support

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.

High Return on Investment
Your investment immediately begins paying back as your employee becomes a more effective contributor of engineering projects.

No Interruption to Employee’s Availability
All students are full-time, working engineers, and most travel extensively for their jobs. The online format enables your employee to pursue world-class graduate engineering studies without interruption to his/her work schedule and availability to travel. This internet-based program allows students to continue their studies from anywhere in the world.

Proven Program from a Top-Ranked University
The UW–Madison degree your employee will earn via distance learning has the same high-quality standards and academic status as a degree earned on-campus. The only difference is that UW’s program is conveniently delivered online for working professionals.

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Credits

2-3

Years

Master of Engineering

Engineering Data Analytics

$1300 per credit

Resident and Non-Resident

July 1/Nov 1

Fall/Spring Application Deadlines

Are You a UW Graduate?

You maybe able to transfer up to 7 undergraduate credits to your master’s program.

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Students & Alumni

Whether you’re a current or past student of the program, you have access to several resources that will keep you tied to UW-Madison.

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Ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report

For the sixth straight year, the quality of our programs–and the success of our students–have earned the University of Wisconsin a place among the nation’s top 10 online master of engineering programs.

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