Mechanical Engineering: Controls

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s online Master of Science: Mechanical Engineering in Controls degree program will prepare you to advance your career in the growing field of drive, converter control and sensor integration.

The program includes courses in both mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, providing you with the flexibility to select a program that meets your particular educational and professional needs. You will learn from internationally known experts who are at the center of cutting-edge research in mechanical engineering.

Earn Your Degree From an Internationally Recognized Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is an internationally known program and one of the largest departments in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enrolling more than 200 graduate students from all over the world in MS and PhD programs.

Learn from widely recognized authorities in the field and gain the skills to advance within your organization and expand your career in new directions.

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Integrate Controls Theory and Practice

The diversity of courses in both mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering gives you the flexibility to select an area that meets your particular educational and professional objectives.

As a mechanical engineering student, you will engage in a series of assignments and activities designed to stimulate you intellectually and make meaningful connections between controls theory and practice.

UW-Madison’s award-winning distance learning design allows you to learn when it’s most convenient to you, without the need to be on campus.

Apply Your Skills in Real Contexts

The Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) provides you with learning and research opportunities sponsored by faculty and companies with an interest in electric machines and power electronics.

The three-week, on campus lab course in Mechanical Engineering consolidates the knowledge you acquire at the graduate level, while providing a real-world context for the application of your skills.



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The distance-learning design of this program allows you to learn off campus at times convenient to your full-time work schedule. You will follow along with on-campus classes via pre-recorded lectures, email exchange of assignments, email communication with instructors, and proctored tests taken at your place of employment.


This online Mechanical Engineering graduate program focuses on drive and converter control and sensor integration. As a mechanical engineering student, you will be part of a stimulating learning community of highly motivated students, energetic educators, creative researchers, and a dedicated staff.

You will learn from internationally known professors who conduct in-depth research as well as teach the principles of engineering.


The distance-learning design of this program allows you to learn off campus at times convenient to your full-time work schedule. You will follow along with on-campus classes via pre-recorded lectures, email exchange of assignments, email communication with instructors, and proctored tests taken at your place of employment.


This online Mechanical Engineering graduate program focuses on drive and converter control and sensor integration. As a mechanical engineering student, you will be part of a stimulating learning community of highly motivated students, energetic educators, creative researchers, and a dedicated staff.

You will learn from internationally known professors who conduct in-depth research as well as teach the principles of engineering.

Degree Requirements

The University of Wisconsin’s online Master of Science: Mechanical Engineering program requires 30 credits, earned by completing the courses listed.

Curriculum in the program is designed to teach students about drive, converter control and sensor integration. Courses are focused on providing students with real-life examples that they can apply in their daily work and assist in advancing their careers. The master degree requires 30 credits, 15 of which must be from the following ME courses:

ME Foundation Courses

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.


3 Credit(s)

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.


3 Credit(s)

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.


3 Credit(s)

Develop a thorough understanding of discrete time modeling, computer control design principles, and alternative control through practical design mini-projects. This course will cover physical and discrete system modeling of cross-coupled systems, system response calculations, deadbeat and finite settling step and root locus design methods, command feedforward tracking methods, multi-rate system modeling, and much more. (Formerly known as ME 547).


3 Credit(s)

ME Advanced Courses

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.


3 Credit(s)

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.


3 Credit(s)

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.


3 Credit(s)

ME Independent Research and Thesis Courses


1-3 Credit(s)

This course is intended for students who work on a Master's thesis or project under the supervision of a faculty member.


1-9 Credit(s)


Faculty in the controls program are experts in their field and work to provide students with an engaging educational experience that is convenient and accessible no matter where they are located, and one that fits into a full-time work schedule.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Science: Mechanical Engineering program are listed below.

Exceptions to standard admission requirements are considered by the admissions committee on an individual basis.

  • A BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a physical sciences BS with ME equivalency, plus department approval.
    • Degrees in other engineering and natural science disciplines will be considered for admission on an individual basis. Upon acceptance, such students are often required to complete undergraduate ME courses in addition to graduate degree requirements
  • A minimum 3.2 GPA undergraduate grade-point average based on a 4.00 system over the last 60 semester hours. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average below 3.0 will be considered based on years spent in responsible engineering work
  • GRE Scores are required for admission. The minimum acceptable score is Verbal 150, Quantitative 155 and Analytic 3.5. Applicants with scores below this should retake the exam or supply reasons for their low score with the 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

Applications are accepted for admission during the Fall term.

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 Daryl Haessig at 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 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* 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.


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

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 Master of Science: Mechanical Engineering 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 online Mechanical Engineering graduate program is conveniently delivered online for working professionals.

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Master of Science

Mechanical Engineering: Controls

$1600 per credit

Resident and Non-Resident

June 15

Extended Fall Application Deadline

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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