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 rise1. This, 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: Mechanical Engineering—Polymer Science program will prepare you to face the many challenges that plastics companies and industry encounter every day. It 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, 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.
The Polymer Science 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.
1Data from the Society of the Plastics Industry.
$1600 per credit
Resident and non-resident
June 1/Nov 1
Fall/spring application deadlines
Designed for working professionals, the Mechanical Engineering: 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.
The 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.
For more information on program degree requirements, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator Daryl Harrison.
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.
- 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 Course (min one ME 700 level course)
- ME/EMA 708 Advanced Composite Materials
- ME 717 Advanced Polymer Processing
- ME 718 modeling and Simulation in Polymer Processing
- ME 699 Independent Study
Electives (from ME Program)
At UW-Madison, we’ve built a learning experience to meet you where you are.
Whether your work involves frequent travel, changing hours, or periods of intense demand, our courses help you grow wherever you happen to be and whenever you have online access. We develop and deliver courses for high-performing professionals, with a deep understanding of the challenges those professionals face.
As a UW student, you will be part of a vibrant community, challenged and supported by your fellow learners, as well as instructors. Our students and alumni consistently point to the value of the global professional network they develop through our programs, built through teamwork, challenges, and projects, and lasting a lifetime.
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 for the Master of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering—Polymer Science program are listed below.
Exceptions to standard admission requirements are considered by the admissions committee on an individual basis.
- A bachelor of science (BS) degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or the equivalent.*
- A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or 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
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 emailing Daryl Harrison. This email 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 June 1 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.
Click here to begin the application process.
$1,600 per credit, payable at the beginning of each semester.
- Technology costs for Internet course delivery
- Live web-conferencing
- Toll-free telephone line for the audio portion of conference calls
- Library use
- Use of the web-conferencing software for group project work for program courses
- Technical support
- Access to campus computing resources
Total tuition for this program is $48,000*.
*This total does not include textbooks or course software. Software required for courses is typically available in educational versions at substantial discounts.
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.
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.
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