MS Engineering FAQs

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Do I need to make any visits to campus to complete my degree?

No, you can earn both the degree and diploma entirely online. We do, however, invite our students and graduates to visit campus. Graduating distance learning students may participate in on-campus commencement ceremonies.

Do I have to complete a thesis for this program?

No thesis is required for the Master of Science in Engineering (MSENGR) degree.

Can I transfer courses into the program?

Yes. To have a course considered for transfer, please submit a course syllabus and transcript along with the Request for Transfer Credit Form.

What prerequisites need to be completed before being accepted into the MSENGR program?

We recommend that you complete Calculus II prior to enrolling in any upper-level mathematics courses within the MSENGR program. It may be beneficial to the student to have knowledge in a particular area prior to entering specific courses. This can be a previously-taken course, self-study or recommended reading materials from an instructor. Consult the course listing in the engineering degree area of the web site for other specific prerequisites.

What type of interaction will I have with faculty and students in my online courses?

Interaction between the faculty and other students is done in a variety of ways. You will correspond through discussion groups in the online course via e-mail and phone. E-mail is the most popular way of communicating.

Is UW-Platteville accredited?

Yes, UW-Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. 

Do online instructors have the same credentials as campus instructors?

Yes. All instructors have at least a master's degree and many have a doctorate. Several of the engineering instructors also teach on the UW-Platteville campus. In addition, most of the engineering instructors have substantial experience as a practicing engineer.  

What is the benefit of getting an MSENGR degree

The MSENGR degree provides maximum flexibility while maintaining academic rigor.  The program requires mastery in areas of core competencies, in-depth study in an emphasis area, and a variety of elective courses. The degree program is not tied to a specific discipline, i.e. mechanical engineering.  Rather, the program provides the student the opportunity to select courses based on career needs, interests, or goals. 

How does the MSENGR degree compare to an MBA?

The MSENGR degree is a technical degree that furthers your knowledge in a particular emphasis area and enhances your skills in the engineering management arena. An MBA is a general management degree that allows you to gain business skills to further your career, but doesn't enhance technical expertise.

How will this degree prepare me for future jobs or careers?

The MSENGR degree encourages flexibility by designing an individual program for specific career goals. You can choose courses with your technical emphasis area as well as elective courses that will allow professional growth opportunities.

Still have questions?

Contact the Distance Learning Center at 800.362.5460 or disted@uwplatt.edu. The Distance Learning Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

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