Sustainable Systems Engineering

Build a Sustainable Future

Amid growing interest in sustainable product standards, resilient systems, zero energy buildings and regenerative design, sustainability is no longer a concept, but a global imperative for innovation. Channel your passion for sustainability and prepare yourself for the future with a master’s in sustainable systems engineering.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Engineering: Sustainable Systems Engineering program focuses on preparing you to understand, analyze and drive change within your organization as it relates to complex systems and impacts on the environment, economics, and society.

What You Will Gain

The Sustainable Systems Engineering program builds on the strengths of UW-Madison as a leader in engineering and environmental sciences.

Students in the Master of Engineering: Sustainable Systems Engineering program are attracted to this field of study for a variety of reasons. Some students are looking to advance within their existing organization and want to gain additional technical and leadership skills. Others are engineers looking to pursue their passions and break into the sustainability industry, whether it’s through consulting, sustainability engineering firms, or sustainability positions in larger companies.

When you complete the program, you will not only have an understanding of sustainable principles, but you will have the skills to lead sustainable projects in your organization and apply tools to perform resource optimization, energy analysis, life-cycle assessment and more.

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“Thoughtful and creative sustainable applications are a strategic investment that creates a healthier and more prosperous quality of life.”

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Develop Your Skills in Sustainability Management

The Sustainable Systems Engineering program is designed for practicing engineers seeking professional advancement.

Students in the Sustainable Systems Engineering online degree benefit from:

  • Knowledge and skills that can immediately be applied to work situations
  • Project-based learning with experienced professionals
  • Award-winning distance learning design
  • World-class faculty and a highly respected institution

The program comprises engineers and technical professionals from diverse backgrounds and industries, including energy, construction, and consumer products.

As a graduate of Sustainable Systems Engineering, you will not only gain an understanding of sustainable principles, but you will also develop analysis, business, leadership and professional skills.


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Lead Sustainability and Green Initiatives with Confidence

Courses in the Sustainable Systems Engineering program are designed to provide a foundation of sustainable principles, analysis methods and tools, and a set of enhanced business skills–all based on extensive surveys of engineers and their employers.

Graduates of the program understand how sustainability issues impact design, assessment, maintenance, and operations of complex engineered systems, and use this knowledge to manage sustainable projects successfully.

Building on Established Excellence

Experts and resources from across the University of Wisconsin System and industry were tapped to develop our curriculum.

This mix of academic researchers and industry leaders enriches the content and assignments of our degree. Students use tools to perform needs assessments, energy modeling, life-cycle cost and benefits analyses and operations optimization.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Engineering: Sustainable Systems Engineering program consists of 30 credits, including a series of foundational and applied courses, business and professional courses and a capstone project. The standard completion time is three years.


Courses range in topic from sustainable energy systems to innovation to sustainable building systems.

Required Courses

Connected Learning Essentials
This course will identify and use collaboration and communication tools for online learning and virtual teamwork, such as the enterprise document management system.

Mark Millard


1 Credit
Professional Presentations
Learn best practices in presentation design and delivery in professional formats. Strategies help in connecting with your audience, clarifying your story, and using stronger visuals in your oral presentations.

Christine Nicometo

1 Credit
Engineering Law
Steer clear of legal traps that can stall your projects or create legal problems for you or your employer. Engineering legal issues addressed include professional liability, contracts, intellectual property, product liability, malpractice, and expert testimony.

Alan Rubel

1 Credit
Fostering and Leading Innovation
Grow your ability to think and act creatively. Build and support a culture that values, pursues, and delivers innovative services and products.

Sean Sauber

1 Credit
Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement
Learn innovative system-improvement concepts and approaches that sustainably strengthen mission-central concerns such as quality, cost, customers, markets, revenue, profit, brand, reputation, sourcing, quality of work life, natural capital, buildup of concentrations and base of the pyramid.

Mark Finster

4 Credits
Sustainable Facilities
Explore the environmental impacts of commercial and residential buildings, including energy, water, materials, transportation, waste, human health, and land use impacts. Also learn about improvement opportunities in each phase of a building's life cycle, case studies, benchmarking tools, related public policies and their effectiveness, emerging concepts, and the role of human behavior and innovation in building performance.

Joy Altwies

3 Credits
Energy Resources
Develop the ability to explain how resource quality impacts the implementation of renewable and nonrenewable energy systems, and assess the sustainability of natural resources that currently support both systems. You will also evaluate alternative pathways to mitigate the negative consequences of energy use.
  • Sources, availability of fuels.
  • Energy conversion and efficiency. 
  • Consumption patterns and trends. 
  • Environmental consequences of energy production and use. 
  • Policy considerations and alternatives. 

Alan Carroll

Sustainable Microgrids
In this course, you will gain an engineering overview of electric microgrid technology.

Giri Venkataramanan

1 Credit
Renewable Energy Systems
Learn about state-of-the-art renewable energy applications, including biomass for heat, electric power and liquid fuels, as well as geo-energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower. Perform engineering calculations of power and energy availability of renewable energy sources and learn about requirements for integrating renewable energy sources into production, distribution and end-use systems.

Douglas Reinemann

3 Credits
Sustainable Systems Engineering Capstone
Demonstrate your ability to think globally, sustainably, and creatively. Students in the Capstone will apply theory, tools, and research to conceptualize, analyze, and design a solution to a problem within a social and environmental context. Projects showcase the knowledge and analytical skills acquired during the Sustainable Systems Engineering program, and integrate tools, science and communication to address a need. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 21 credits in the Sustainable Systems Engineering program or consent of instructor.

Lee DeBaillie

3 Credits
Change Management
Gain practical, foundational knowledge to develop a business strategy and implement it using change management processes and tools. You will be better prepared to deliver effective organizational performance. The course applies contemporary concepts and methods in strategy and change management through student projects.

Carl Vieth

1 Credit


Senior faculty and experienced professionals in the industry facilitate the program’s courses. Our instructors stay connected with students and are highly accessible, which enables them to address the specific interests of students.

Joy Altwies, PhD, PE

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Altwies is a program director for the Department of Engineering Professional Development, UW-Madison. Altwies applies her knowledge of high-performance building design and construction to the development of continuing education courses for professionals. Previously, she worked as a consulting engineer in energy efficiency and environmentally responsible building design. She earned her PhD from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW–Madison, where her interdisciplinary research focused on technology innovation and energy policy. She is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and ASHRAE and is a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C).

Alan R. Carroll, PhD

Alan R. Carroll

Carroll is a professor in the Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Geofuels: Energy and the Earth, a unique and engaging overview of energy sustainability that is based on the premise that all energy systems depend on the use of finite natural resources (published by Cambridge University Press). His research focuses on sedimentary basins (where coal, oil, and natural gas are found), and on the geologic history and paleoclimatic archives of ancient lakes.  Carroll teaches courses in physical, field, and sedimentary geology, and in energy resources. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1991.

Lee DeBaillie, PE, LEED

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Program Director/Instructor
Lee is program director for the Department of Engineering Professional Development, UW-Madison. DeBaille has more than 20 years of engineering experience, primarily in building energy efficiency. He has worked with clients in the public and private sector, including design firms, utilities, non-profits and federal and state agencies. Prior to joining UW-Madison, DeBaillie provided expertise in energy efficient building design, energy analysis, campus energy management and energy modeling training. DeBaillie is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona, a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers, a LEED Accredited Professional with USGBC, and a Building Energy Modeling Professional with ASHRAE.

Michael D. Doran, PE, DEE

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Doran is an adjunct professor primarily affiliated with Civil and Environmental Engineering, believes that public policy for water quality protection must focus on the effective use of financial resources and that goal attainability and related cost-benefit must be principal factors in establishing criteria and standards. With respect to plant design, Doran promotes a holistic materials-balance approach, considering the impacts of processes on other plant components, an understanding of the impacts of peak loading periods and their implications for design, effective plant hydraulic design, and process configuration and layout to facilitate meeting future capacity and treatment requirements. Additionally, Doran's research interests include water and wastewater engineering, process modeling and plant engineering, biological wastewater and wastewater residuals treatment and stabilization, sustainability and sustainable practices, and environmental economics. Doran attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he attained a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, and a master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Pat Eagan, PhD

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Eagan is a professor at UW-Madison with research interests in exploring frameworks that can move public and private institutions toward "sustainable development." A primary interest is how both public and private institutions will deal with climate change effects and environmental management issues. In 2006, he was on sabbatical at University of Aalborg, Denmark, and Design for Sustainability group at TU Delft, the Netherlands. In addition to his research, Eagan conducts adult professional education programs on sustainability, water resources, industrial environmental engineering and management, and related environmental issues. Responsibilities also include program technical content and presenting selected lectures. He has coordinated over 250 programs to over 8,000 professionals worldwide.

Mark Finster, PhD

Mark Finster

Finster is an associate professor in the Wisconsin School of Business. He serves on the executive boards of the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management, the Global Studies Program, and the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program. He is also a contributing member to the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement, the Energy Institute, and the Center for Quick-Response Manufacturing. Finster is a five-time National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholar and chaired the NSF session that established a national research agenda in organizational excellence. He has received the Gaumnitz Distinguished Faculty Award and the Mabel W. Chipman Excellence in Teaching Award from the Wisconsin School of Business. Finster received his PhD from the University of Michigan and served as a professor at Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities.

Najoua Jouini

Najoua Jouini

Jouini is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a certificate in Business, Environment and Social Responsibility from the Wisconsin School of Business, and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Jouini has professional and research experience in energy systems and hydraulics, and has taught sustainability education, sustainable systems engineering and sustainable systems improvement. She received her master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany with minors in Energy Technology and Energy Economics.

Mark Millard, MS

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Mark Millard is the Director of Learning Design and Technologies in the Department of Engineering Professional Development at UW-Madison.  He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in digital literacies, information science, and learning sciences at UW-Madison and Indiana University.  Mark has published articles and chapters in online education, educational innovation, emerging technologies, and learning and collaboration. He regularly presents on these topics at international conferences, and most recently was invited as a visiting scholar to the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona Spain. Having worked for Honeywell, Inc., several technology start-ups, Indiana University and now UW-Madison, Mark brings a broad set of professional experiences to his work and teaching.  He holds an MS in information science with an emphasis in human-computer interaction and learning sciences from Indiana University.

Christine G. Nicometo, MS

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Nicomento is the program director for Professional Literacies Courses in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Engineering Professional Development. For over a decade, she has taught Technical Communication courses as a faculty member in the following UW online programs: Master of Engineering Management; Master of Engineering in Engine Systems; Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems. She is active in both IEEE and ASEE and regularly consults in engineering and technical organizations. Her co-authored book on technical presentations, (SlideRules: Design, Build, and Archive Technical Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields), was published in 2014 by IEEE-Wiley.

Daniel R. Noguera, PhD

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Noguera is Wisconsin Distinguished Professor at UW-Madison in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Noguera focuses on Environmental Biotechnology within Environmental Engineering. His current major areas of research are bioenergy, biological nutrient removal during wastewater treatment, biofilms and biofouling, and fundamental studies of DNA/RNA hybridizations in whole cells and bioinformatics. Bioenergy research is related to production of next generation fuels and bio-based chemicals within the biorefinery contexts, and nutrient removal research is related to reducing energy consumption in activated sludge processed. Noguera has a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has also been awarded several distinguished awards, including the Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Water Environment Federation and the Bill Boyle Educator of the Year from the Central States Water Environment Association.

Kenneth Potter, PhD

Kenneth Potter

Potter is professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His current teaching and research interests are in hydrology and water resources, and include estimation of hydrological risk, especially flood risk; stormwater modeling, management and design; adaptation of hydrologic design to climate change; assessment and mitigation of human impacts on aquatic systems; restoration of aquatic systems; and sediment and phosphorus control through management of streams, drainage ditches, and wetlands.  He has been a member of numerous National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, the Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects, and the Committee on Levees and the National Flood Insurance Program: Improving Policies and Practices.  He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies.

Douglas J. Reinemann, PhD

Douglas J. Reinemann

Reinemann is professor and Department Chair of Biological Systems Engineering. He has been working at the interface between energy and agricultural systems for the more than 20 years. Reinemann is a member of the sustainability group of the UW Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, which examines the environmental impacts of biofuel production systems. He has been actively involved with the Midwest Rural Energy Council. His studies have included energy use and energy production in agricultural systems. Reinemann received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from UW-Madison and his PhD.

James Schauer, PhD, PE, MBA

James Schauer

Schauer is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UW-Madison. His research and teaching interests focus on understanding and mitigation of the impacts of air pollution on human health, climate change, regional haze and environmental degradation. He is currently involved in air pollution research and impact studies around the U.S. and worldwide. Schauer has authored and co-authored more than 300 peer reviewed publications and has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report on the Mitigation of Climate Change. He received his master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and completed a PhD in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology.

Giri Venkataramanan, PhD

Giri Venkataramanan

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.

Carl Vieth, MS

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Vieth is director of corporate education for the Department of Engineering Professional Development, UW-Madison. In this role, Vieth provides a key link for business and government to the continuing education and professional development resources of the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering. Vieth also has been instrumental in creating the Competency Modeling program within the Department of Engineering Professional Development. Prior to joining UW-Madison, he managed global corporate training and development at Marquette Medical Systems and continued in that role following the acquisition of Marquette by GE Healthcare. He received his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UW–Madison. He holds a Certificate in Sales Management from the University of Wisconsin Center for Advanced Studies in Business and Six Sigma Black Belt Certification through General Electric Corporation.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams

Williams is research and education coordinator for the Wisconsin Energy Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary duties at WEI include administering the undergraduate Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability and supporting extra-curricular student programming. Scott also assists in the development of seminars and public forums for the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute. Scott obtained a Master of Public Affairs degree in May 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed the Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate as part of his graduate program.

Philip O'Leary, PhD, PE

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Department Chair
O'Leary directs the technical outreach program for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In this capacity he oversees the delivery of more than 400 continuing education courses each year in a wide range of technical specialties. The program, which serves a national audience, delivers training at multiple locations throughout the US and also over the Internet. His area of professional interest is solid waste management, hazardous waste control, groundwater quality protection, and related environmental topics. His landfill design seminar has been attended by thousands of people who are now responsible for developing, permitting and operating landfills throughout the US and Canada. O'Leary also has extensive international waste management experience. He has been Department Chairman since July 1995. His engineering and land resources degrees are from the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wayne P. Pferdehirt, MS, PE

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Online Degree Director
Pferdehirt is the director of distance degree programs for the College of Engineering and director of the Master of Engineering Management program at UW-Madison. He also co-teaches the Master of Engineering Management program's Technical Project Management and Foundations of Engineering Leadership courses. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Pferdehirt directed the Midwest solid waste consulting services of an international environmental consulting firm and led energy conservation research projects for Argonne National Laboratory. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in regional planning from Northwestern University. He is a frequent speaker and author on continuing education for engineers, and is a member of the College of Engineering’s Education Innovation Committee.

Daryl Haessig, MA

Graduate Program Coordinator
Haessig 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. Haessig 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.

Convenience and Flexibility to Help You Succeed

All UW–Madison Sustainable Systems Engineering courses are available online.

Convenient distance learning formats allow you to complete the degree from any location without interrupting your work and family responsibilities. Homework assignments are posted well in advance so you have time to plan.

Course materials and necessary tools can be accessed from any internet connection, anywhere. If you’re traveling you can still call in to participate in course web conferences without access to the internet.

Distance Education Designed for Theory and Application

Nearly all courses will conduct a weekly one-hour live session with classmates and faculty using online meeting tools. These sessions include class discussions, faculty lectures, student presentations and guest lectures.

Faculty will sometimes record their lectures and use the live sessions for interactive discussions. Student projects are typically presented during these times as well. Student attendance at the live sessions is required, however if you have an unavoidable conflict the sessions are recorded for later viewing.

Most of the courses require the completion of at least one or several student projects. Many of these projects are flexible and can sometimes be applied to applicable situations in your own workplace. Projects also allow you to focus on topics that hold particular interest for you, allowing for a degree of individual customization.

Assignments to Keep You Engaged and On Track

A typical week often includes a one-hour live discussion with faculty and classmates. These sessions give you an opportunity to talk about the week’s content, attend lectures, and present your work for feedback.

You will also interact with classmates and professors throughout the week when you participate in online written discussions. Participation in the online discussion is often part of the weekly course requirements. The discussion forums are where classmates learn from each other – you will find your peers to be a wealth of knowledge reflecting varied perspectives, experience and employer backgrounds.

Most weeks contain some reading assignments – textbooks, papers, articles or websites. Many courses also include weekly assignments requiring problem solving, writing, discussion or presentation. To provide you with feedback on your progress, some courses utilize online quizzes to test how well you’re doing.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Engineering: Sustainable Systems Engineering program are listed below.

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

  • A bachelor’s 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 Daryl Haessig at 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: Daryl Haessig
432 N. Lake Street, Room 701
Madison, WI  53706

(For pdf’s, use the following email address:

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 Cost

 $1,300 per credit (based on 2015-16 tuition rates), payable at the beginning of each semester. Students are billed for courses in which they are enrolled each term. There is no lump sum payment plan.

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 $39,000* for students entering in Fall 2015. (This tuition is based on 30 total credits, the cost will increase if for some reason a student needs more than 30 credits.) 

*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

Employer Support

Many students receive some financial support from their employers. Often, students find it beneficial to sit down with their employer, look through the program booklet 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 or ability to travel, and your employer will immediately see and benefit from your progress as you apply your learning to workplace projects and responsibilities.

The Sustainable Systems Engineering program is designed to prepare your employees to lead sustainable efforts within your organization in moving toward a more sustainable environment and economy. UW–Madison is committed to delivering the highest quality and best value in engineering education. Your organization immediately benefits as your employees apply new strategies and tools to improving real projects.

Immediate Results for Your Organization’s Sustainability Goals

Through participation in SSE, your employees will be able to:

  • Use real-world projects for application of sustainable strategies, systems thinking, quality improvement methods, and life-cycle design and analysis
  • Manage your organization’s sustainable initiatives
  • Attend courses with peers from other top employers and gain knowledge as they learn by working together.
  • Tailor coursework to be applicable to your specific industry

No Interruption to Employees’ Availability

  • SSE 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.

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