Feb 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Overview

Vision Statement

MSOE will always be at the forefront of professional education with emphasis on both theory and technology, coupled with intensive laboratories and career practice.

Mission Statement

MSOE provides a sustained interactive educational climate for students to become well-rounded, technologically experienced graduates and highly productive professionals and leaders.

Institutional Principles

The fundamental beliefs of Milwaukee School of Engineering are the following:

  • The focus is on the individual student.
  • Lifelong learning is essential for success.
  • Dedicated faculty with relevant, up-to-date experience are the heart of our teaching process.
  • Scientific and mathematical reasoning and processes are essential.
  • Applied research and evolving and interdisciplinary technologies are vital in exploiting opportunities.
  • The development of communication skills is needed to function effectively.
  • The student experience is strengthened by interaction with the business, industry and health care fields.
  • The development of leadership and entrepreneurial characteristics is essential.
  • Students, faculty, staff and volunteers all share the responsibility of learning.
  • Strong personal values are necessary for success.
  • The alumni strengthen the institution through their counsel, encouragement and support.
  • Freedom with responsibility is the foundation of free enterprise.
  • There is strength in diversity.
  • Global awareness must be reflected in all activities.
  • Initiation and acceptance of change is required to anticipate and capitalize on opportunities.

MSOE’s Constituents

As an institution of higher learning, it is important that we recognize our role in serving our stakeholders, both internal and external to the university. Milwaukee School of Engineering has identified its internal and external constituencies to be:

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Administrators
  • Alumni
  • Families of current and prospective students
  • Employers of MSOE graduates
  • Local and regional communities, including but not limited to, the business, educational and professional segments of those communities.

We are committed to serving these constituencies. We seek to engage and to gain insights from them, and to provide them services of value.

Graduate Programs Mission Statement

MSOE graduate programs develop technologically experienced professionals who have highly-developed, complex-problem solving skills. MSOE graduates transform knowledge into action by enabling leaders at all levels to significantly improve effectiveness and enhance organizational outcomes. 


MSOE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Master of Science in Perfusion program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee on Perfusion Education (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350).

The Academic Year

The official academic calendar of MSOE is published in the Academic Calendar   section of this catalog. The academic year is divided into three 11-week quarters, September through May. Courses are also offered during the summer.

Graduate Program Affiliations

MSOE is an institutional member in the following organizations:

  • The American Medical Informatics Association
  • Associated Schools of Construction

Graduate Degree Programs

MSOE offers the following master’s degree programs:

  • Architectural Engineering (MSAE)
  • Civil Engineering (MSCVE)
  • Engineering (MSE)
  • Engineering Management (MSEM)
  • Marketing and Export Management (MSXM)
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA in Education Leadership (MBAEL)
  • MBA in STEM Leadership (MBAST)
  • New Product Management (MSNP)
  • Nursing (MSN)
  • Perfusion (MSP)
  • Structural Engineering (MSST)*

        *This program is no longer accepting students 

Class sizes tend to be small, averaging 10 students per class.

Questions about any of the graduate programs offered by MSOE may be directed to the individual program directors (see the particular graduate program description within this catalog for name and phone number of program director), or to the Graduate Admissions Department.

All of these programs are explained in detail in the Degree Programs and Certificates   sections of this catalog.

Location Options

Milwaukee Campus

All graduate programs are offered on MSOE’s main campus, located in downtown Milwaukee.

Blended Internet courses

Blended Internet delivery combines the rich faculty/student interaction that is the hallmark of an MSOE education with the flexibility of online learning. The amount of time students spend in class is reduced, while time spent on project-focused learning is enhanced.

MSOE’s blended classes meet face-to-face during alternating weeks. Meetings occur during the evening on “even” or “odd” numbered weeks each academic term. Students may choose any single course or combination of courses. Students may also select classes that meet in traditional format, one evening per week for 11 weeks.

Some blended delivery modes vary by course. See the quarterly course schedules for specific information on face-to-face and distance learning.

Online learning activities are scheduled during non-meeting weeks and are facilitated via MSOE’s Blackboard instructional platform. Digital lectures, interactive discussions, investigative case studies, computerized simulations and synchronous chats are examples of online learning experiences used by MSOE faculty.

Online programs

Some of the MSOE graduate programs can be completed fully online, which provides the student flexibility to study and learn. Courses provide a combination of faculty created content with additional resources found through learning activities utilizing Internet resources, and the MSOE Library. Courses are led by MSOE faculty via Blackboard. Students interact with their professors and other students through discussions, case studies, chat and interactive whiteboards.