Engine Design

Deepen your knowledge of engine development!

Enhance your ability to lead engine development projects without interrupting your current job. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Engine Design was created for engineers who design and manufacture engines, and who want to take on advanced roles and responsibilities throughout the engine development process.

This 100% online certificate program’s courses are problem-based and application-oriented so you learn skills you can use immediately. Coursework covers how to identify key design points, along with justifying and incorporating estimates. Not only will you learn how to use flexible tooling approaches for machining major engine components, you’ll also learn how to identify advantages and disadvantages of these approaches. Courses also cover the creation and justification of design validation test sequences for specific components or sub-systems within a particular engine.

UW–Madison is one of the world’s premier research and teaching universities. For more than 50 years, we have been synonymous with leadership in engine research. The UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Engine Design is based on coursework from our Engine Systems master’s program, which is widely recognized for advancing knowledge and taking an innovative approach to distance learning. Our courses are taught by senior faculty and experienced professionals in the engine industry. We draw on research from the UW’s Engine Research Center and the Department of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs, and rapidly adjust to changes in technology and in employers’ needs, providing instructional services not offered by any other institution.

Course Overview

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9 credits

3 semesters

$1300 per credit

Resident and non-resident

Jan. 15

Spring application deadline. This program enrolls in the SPRING of odd-numbered years (e.g. 2021, 2023, etc.)

Andrea Strzelec

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Graduate Program Director, Instructor

Email: strzelec@wisc.edu

Karene Cary

Credentials: MS

Position title: Graduate Academic Advisor

Email: durant@wisc.edu


Apply Your Learning Immediately on the Job
In the Engine Design Capstone Certificate 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 mechanical engineering into real-world assignments and group projects.

Credits can be applied towards UW–Madison Engine Systems master’s degree.

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 Design Capstone 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

You will earn a Capstone Certificate upon completion of 9 graduate credits required by the University of Wisconsin. This is a three-semester program.

Required Courses

Approach to Online Learning
UW’s online Engine Design Capstone 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.

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.

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

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 emailing Student Services. This email 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 until the July 15 deadline for fall admissions and the November 1 deadline for spring admission. Admission is competitive and selective. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit application materials prior to the deadline.

Admission requirements for the Engine Design Capstone Certificate 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 in (mechanical) engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or the equivalent.* International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75 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 2.75. Applicants from an international institution must have a strong academic performance comparable to a 2.75 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.
  • GRE is not required. Applicants who have taken the test are encouraged to submit their scores.
  • Registration as a professional engineer by examination, if achieved, should be documented to support your application.

*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. Students are encouraged to contact the program director for more information.

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

Begin the application process.

Tuition Costs
$1,300 per credit, payable at the beginning of each semester.

Total Tuition
Total tuition for this program is $11,700*.

* 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.