Engine Systems

Be an Engine Design and Development Leader

Fuel your passion for engines and advance your career! Get the key skills you need to become a chief engineer of new engine programs with the only online master of engineering degree program focused on internal combustion engines. The knowledge gained in the Master of Engineering in Engineering with an emphasis in Engine Systems (MEES) degree program is equivalent to 10 years of engine design experience. When you finish the degree, you’ll have the skills to drive engine innovations that benefit customers, suppliers, employees and the environment.

Know Every Aspect of the Engine

Get more experience in the areas of engine design and performance when you design an engine during the required capstone project. Some of our past students have received a patent for their design project work! You can immediately apply what you learn at work every day, especially when you study combustion, controls, emissions, and aftertreatment. You’ll also collaborate with other engineers who are active in different areas of the engine industry—from large engines, to small engines and on-road to off-road and non-road.
Benefit from Engine Experts

Benefit from Engine Experts

Interact with faculty and students from UW–Madison’s renowned Engine Research Center, industry leaders and experienced colleagues working in the internal combustion engine industry. You’ll have regular access to experts and insights from one of the the longest-running research centers devoted to internal combustion engine research in the U.S. and the world. Developed by Engine Research Center faculty, the Engine Systems master’s degree program integrates thermal sciences, design and mechanics, electronics and control, applications and manufacturing, into a two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half-year online graduate degree with a yearly summer residency on the lively UW–Madison campus.



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Get Access to the Engine Research Center

You’ll have regular access to leading research at the university’s Engine Research Center—the largest research center devoted to internal combustion engine research in the U.S., and among the largest in the world. Learn and interact with faculty from UW–Madison’s renowned Engine Research Center and Powertrain Control Research Laboratory, industry leaders and experienced colleagues working in the internal combustion industry.

Learn in a Supportive, Collaborative Environment 

You will progress through the program with the same small group of students, and will constantly interact with them via online tools like web conferencing, online discussion forums, email, and conference calls. Students and alumni often note the cohort 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.



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Access Your Courses Anytime, Anywhere

Our online platform gives you the ability to access live interactive web conferences from anywhere around the world. UW’s Engine Systems program also enables flexible learning time outside the live conferences.

We ensure our comprehensive course outline keeps you on track to complete your degree and be exposed to classes and projects with direct and immediate applicability to real-world work.

Typical Weekly Schedule

In a typical week, you will engage in online project work, readings and presentations designed to address industry 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. Course web conferences are the only time-constrained course activities.

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.

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 doing coursework and participating in project activities.

You can complete your Master of Engineering: Engine Systems degree in seven semesters and one summer, taking four credit hours each semester.

Apply Your Learning Immediately on the Job

In the Engine Systems graduate program, we understand that to be a successful engineering leader, you must be able to integrate and apply knowledge from different areas to engine development projects that meet market demands and are cost-effective.

Nearly every subject in the mechanical engineering curriculum finds application in the engine. Our research-oriented faculty incorporate topics from electronics and chemical engineering into real-world assignments and group projects.


Engine manufacturers, suppliers, and vehicle manufacturers using internal combustion engines will value the immediate applicability of the skills you will learn in this online Engine Systems program.

The curriculum for the Engine Systems master’s program will prepare you to:

  • Manage the complete development process for a new engine
  • Clearly articulate customer and application requirements
  • Effectively integrate engine design with various manufacturing processes
  • Select the combustion system, fuel, and engine system configuration that will best fit a particular application; among many other critical skills

Degree Requirements

You will earn a Master of Engineering in Engineering with an emphasis in Engine Systems degree upon completion of 30 graduate credits required by the University of Wisconsin.

This is a 3-1/2 year program that involves completing four credit hours per semester in the spring and fall with one 2-credit summer course.

On-Campus Residency Requirement

You will meet with your fellow students and instructors in a week-long residency on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus each August. These on-campus sessions will provide software training and hands on projects to lead you into your fall courses each year.

During these sessions you will develop a clear understanding of the program goals, course requirements and university resources available to you as a distance student. You will also form teams for group projects and build the relationships that will help you enjoy the program, maximize its benefits, and expand your professional network.


You can often tailor your learning by selecting projects that use problems and challenges from your own workplace. Courses in the Engine Systems program focus on problems and applications that you can use immediately in your current projects while preparing you for future responsibilities and roles.

Course web conferences are the only time-constrained course activities; all other weekly assignments can be accomplished on days and times of your choice. You also will have the opportunity to visit the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus during the week-long summer residency scheduled each August.

Required Courses

Learn how to get the most out of your online learning and collaborative networks. This course teaches strategic skills that are critical to digitally literate professionals. EPD 700


Mark Millard

1 Credit(s)

Develop an academic foundation in the principles of internal combustion engine design. This course begins with the foundational building blocks of conceptual design. Participants form engine design teams to which the concepts are applied in completing the conceptual design of an engine for a market of their choice. Topics covered include understanding market needs, determining engine displacement, critical engine layout and dimensional considerations, material selection and casting, and reliability.


Bruce Dennert
Kevin Hoag

2 Credit(s)

Engine Design II picks up where Engine Design I left off. Participants continue to work in teams, addressing the layout design of the engine structure and supporting sub-systems. Lessons will cover such topics as structural design, engine layout and balance, valvetrain kinematic and dynamic analysis, engine cooling, lubrication, and air handling, power cylinder development, and gaskets and sealing.


Bruce Dennert
Kevin Hoag

4 Credit(s)

Through a sound understanding of the fundamental operation of the engine and the theoretical limits imposed by thermodynamics and chemical kinetics you will understand how to make intelligent choices about new designs and energyconvertion to meet the operational criteria and achieve the requisite power. This course will also discuss meeting the various regulation requirements for pollutants emitted by the engine through a deeper understanding of in-cylinder combustion. The course examines emissions control (or after treatment) technologies that are now applied to both gasoline and diesel engine providing a detailed understanding of after treatment technology and how it is applied to modern engines.


Tom Harris
Kevin Hoag

4 Credit(s)

The overall purpose of this course is to provide the learners with a physically based understanding of fluid dynamics and air handling system design in internal combustion engines.


3 Credit(s)

An ability to plan, manage and control projects to successful delivery is an essential skill for any aspiring engineering leader. Learn best practice project management theory and apply it immediately to work-based assignments. From individual engineering tasks to planning a complete engine launch portfolio, EPM will provide you with the methods and techniques you need to reduce risk and successfully deliver.


Brian Price

3 Credit(s)

Learn about the role computer modeling plays in the engine development process. You will understand analysis problem definition and planning, tool selection, model construction, calibration, application and data presentation. You will learn techniques to integrate the most appropriate modeling tools into an engine design and development project.


Roy Primus

2 Credit(s)

The powertrain controls course begins with mathematical foundation and tools needed to model and design control systems for conventional and hybrid powertrains. Control oriented models of the gasoline and diesel engines are addressed in detail. Topological aspects of parallel and series hybrid powertrains are explained and will encompass so called P0 to P4 classes of micro/mild hybrids. A detailed review of dominant lithium ion battery chemistries and their battery management systems is included in the course. A student who completes this course will be able to effectively communicate, analyze, and manage conventional and hybrid powertrain control projects.


Bapiraju Surampudi
Neil Duffie

4 Credit(s)

Understanding thermal systems is critical to the design of an internal combustion engine. This course will cover thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer as they apply to the internal combustion engine. Going beyond traditional undergraduate thermal science education, the course will introduce topics covered in the Engine Fluid Dynamics and Engine Performance and Combustion courses, preparing you for advanced topics critical to engine design.


2 Credit(s)

Understanding global trends in engine usage demands, energy availability and legislative drivers for emissions, safety, noise, etc. is essential in planning future product specifications. Learn how to research and critically evaluate information sources to generate comparative technical and business reviews of engine alternatives.


Brian Price

1 Credit(s)

Understand trends in powertrain technologies and configurations to forecast feasible alternative configurations to satisfy expected market demands. Consider market expectations, manufacturing investments and constraints-combined with engine technology roadmaps-to develop a powertrain strategy for defined engines applications.


Brian Price

1 Credit(s)

To achieve overall vehicle fuel efficiency requirements, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to drastically reduce weight and add technical content while meeting the customer's expectations of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) refinement. This course will introduce you to fundamental NVH concepts with an emphasis on how NVH can be integrated throughout the engine development process, from initial concept inception to validation testing for production.


Chi Binh La


In this highly interactive course, targeted strategies for improving delivery skills, presentation visuals, and audience interaction will be addressed. EPD 702


Christine Nicometo
Christine Haas

1 Credit(s)

Approach to Online Learning

UW’s online Engine Systems 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.

Experience a Rich Learning Environment 

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 expert speakers, 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 Engine Research Center, and networking opportunities with fellow students, faculty and staff in the engine industry, enrich their experience in our program. 

A Supportive, Collaborative Environment 

You will progress through the program with the same small group of students, and will constantly interact with them via online tools like web conferencing, online discussion forums, email, and conference calls. Students and alumni often note the cohort 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.


In this online graduate Engine Systems program, faculty from UW’s Engine Research Center and Powertrain Control Research Laboratory team up with leaders from the engine industry to offer a unique learning opportunity.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Engineering in Engineering with an emphasis in Engine Systems degree 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. 

GRE is not required. Applicants who have taken the test are encouraged to submit their scores.

*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. This e-mail should include a copy of your current resume and informal transcripts.

Applications are accepted for admission during the Fall and Spring terms. Applications are reviewed in the order received until the July 15 deadline for Fall admissions and November 1 for Spring admissions. Admission is competitive and selective. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit application materials prior to the deadline.

Steps to Apply Now 

 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.
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.

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 graduate school 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 Cost

$1,300 per credit, 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 software for group project work for program courses
Total Tuition

Total tuition for this program is $48,000*.

* This total does not include travel and living expenses for summer residencies, 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.

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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Master of Engineering

Engine Systems

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