Mechanical Engineering: Polymer Science

Learn the Latest in Specialty Polymers

The plastics industry ranks as the third largest manufacturing industry in the U.S., with plastics production on the rise1This, combined with increasing consumer and industry demands as well as competitive pressures, highlights the need for continued education and advancement in the area of polymer engineering. 

The Master of Engineering: Polymer Science program will prepare you to face the many challenges that plastics companies and industry encounter every day, and will introduce you to traditional plastics as well as the the latest innovations in specialty polymers with growing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, and in electronics and nanotechnology.

Benefit From a Polymer Research Leader

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have long been interested in the creation and characterization of polymeric materials and a greater understanding of structure-property relationships.

This program provides an opportunity to learn from UW-Madison experts. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is internationally recognized for its research and teaching in polymer engineering and science, as well as its expenditures in research and development activities. 

UW-Madison’s online Polymer Science graduate degree is a world-class program, ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top 10 Online Engineering Graduate Programs in 2016, for the fifth year in a row.

 

1. data from the Society of the Plastics Industry.

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Program Advantages

Learn the most recent technology developments in polymer science and engineering from faculty involved with the Rheology Research Center and the Polymer Engineering Center, a university and industry-government collaborative initiative to create, integrate, transfer and apply knowledge of polymer engineering and processing.

Apply Breakthroughs in Polymer Technology

The Polymer Engineering Center is a member of a multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, backed by industry sponsors and the National Science Foundation.

UW-Madison’s Master of Engineering in Polymer Science reflects the goal of the Polymer Engineering Center members to further and consolidate advanced training for polymer and plastics engineers. The Center’s research endeavors give faculty and students access to cutting edge advancements in polymer science and its industrial applications.

No matter what your interests or learning needs are—materials, processes, geometry, or tools, the Polymer Science program will prime you to become a leader in your field, and an indispensable part of your organization.

Awards

Ranked in the Top 10 Online Engineering Graduate Programs in 2016, for the fifth year in a row

 

 

Ranked No.5 Online Engineering Graduate Programs for Veterans in 2016

Academics

Designed for working professionals, the Mechanical Engineering: Polymer Science program will benefit engineers looking to advance in the field of polymer engineering and science. 

The distance-learning design of this program allows you to learn off campus at times convenient to your full-time work schedule and allows you to plan around other family and work obligations. Topics may include issues or problems related to your work interests or career goals.

Curriculum 

Course curriculum is designed by leaders in the field of polymer engineering and science. 

Throughout your studies, you will focus on building a solid understanding of fundamental polymer processing, the analysis of composite materials and methodologies related to computational fluid dynamics. 

Degree Requirements

The University of Wisconsin’s Master of Engineering: Polymer Science program requires 30 credits for completion. 

For more information on program degree requirements, please contact Daryl Haessig, Student Services Coordinator.



Academics

Designed for working professionals, the Mechanical Engineering: Polymer Science program will benefit engineers looking to advance in the field of polymer engineering and science.

The distance-learning design of this program allows you to learn off campus at times convenient to your full-time work schedule and allows you to plan around other family and work obligations. Topics may include issues or problems related to your work interests or career goals.

Curriculum 

Course curriculum is designed by leaders in the field of polymer engineering and science.

Throughout your studies, you will focus on building a solid understanding of fundamental polymer processing, the analysis of composite materials and methodologies related to computational fluid dynamics. 

Degree Requirements

The University of Wisconsin’s Master of Engineering: Polymer Science program requires 30 credits for completion. 

For more information on program degree requirements, please contact Daryl Haessig, Student Services Coordinator.

The polymer science curriculum is designed to provide you with technical skills in polymers, composite materials, and design applications to increase your knowledge of the plastics industry. This Master of Engineering degree requires

  • 30 credits minimum
  • A minimum of 15 ME 400+ credits required; including required ME417, ME418, at least one 700-level ME course. ME 699 is recommended.
  • Remainder of credits must be relevant graduate-level electives chosen by the student with approval from their faculty advisor

Required

This course provides a fundamental understanding of polymer processing, including descriptions of the physical, thermal, mechanical, and rheological properties of polymeric materials relevant to their processing behavior. You also will review basic transport phenomena equations and an analysis of various processing operations for the manufacture of polymeric articles.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

This course introduces you to the commonly used polymeric materials and the structure and general properties of polymers.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

Required: at least one ME 700 Level Course

Gain advanced training in the analysis, response/behavior, design, selection, repair and recycling of anisotropic and/or composite materials-including societal and fiscal considerations.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

Further advance your understanding of polymer processing in this course by looking at the advanced analysis and modeling of plastics extrusion, injection molding, and other processes.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with computer simulation technology used for the engineering of polymer processes, such as compression molding, injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and many others. The course will show how the finite difference technique and the finite element and boundary element methods are used to simulate flow, heat transfer and structural development in polymer processing operations.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

Recommended

Instructor(s):

1-3 Credit(s)

Electives: from ME Program

All major aspects of injection molding with emphases on design, processing, process physics, computer-aided engineering (CAE), troubleshooting, and advanced molding processes. Field trip, video presentation, case studies, term project with oral presentation, and hands-on sessions using commercial CAE simuulation software.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

Delve into the physical properties and mechanical behavior of polymer, metal, ceramic, cementitious, cellulosic and biological composite systems. This includes micro- and macro-mechanics; lamination and strength analyses; static and transient loading; fabrication; recycling; design; analytical-experimental correlation; applications.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

Experimental methods for design and analysis of mechanical components, structures and materials. Electrically and optically recorded stress, strain and deformation data; computer aquisition/reduction/presentat techniques; applications to static and transient events, sensors, transducer design, NDT, fracture and residual stresses.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)

In this course you will develop an understanding of the major approaches and methodologies used in computational fluid dynamics, the interplay of physics and numerics, and the methods and results of numerical analysis. This is accomplished by analyzing and implementing.

Instructor(s):

3 Credit(s)



Faculty

Faculty members in the polymer science curriculum are experts in their field and offer students an engaging educational experience that is convenient, accessible, and engaging, no matter where they are located.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Engineering: Polymer Science 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. 
  • Applicants are required 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.

Applications are accepted for admission during the Fall term. 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 daryl.haessig@wisc.edu. This e-mail should include a copy of your current resume and informal transcripts.

Admission is competitive and selective. 

Application deadline is June 15.

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.
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 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
  • Library use
Total Tuition

Total tuition for this program is $48,000* (based on 2015-16 tuition rates).

*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.

The Polymer Science program is committed to delivering the highest quality and best value in engineering education. Your organization will immediately benefit as your employees apply new strategies and tools, ultimately improving real projects and processes.

Through participation in this program your employees will be able to:
• Attend courses with peers from other top employers and gain knowledge as you work together 
• Tailor coursework to apply to your specific industry 

No Interruption to Employees’ Availability 

This program is designed for full-time, working professionals. The format enables your employees to pursue world-class graduate engineering studies without interruption to work schedule or hindering availability for travel. Students continue their studies from anywhere in the world they can connect to the Internet.
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 Polymer Science program is conveniently delivered online for working professionals.

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30

Credits

2-4

Years

Master of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering: Polymer Science

$1600 per credit

Resident and Non-Resident

June 15

Extended Fall Application Deadline

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