Jul 20, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Overview

Vision Statement

MSOE will set the standard for preparing leaders to solve the diverse technical challenges of the 21st century.

Mission Statement

MSOE is the university of choice for those seeking an inclusive community of experiential learners driven to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow.

Core Values

  • Collaboration - We value working together across boundaries.
  • Excellence - We value the pursuit and achievement of excellence.
  • Inclusion - We value authentic engagement with diverse people, beliefs, and ideas.
  • Innovation - We value creativity and new ideas for life-long service, discovery, and growth.
  • Integrity - We value doing the right thing in a reliable way.
  • Stewardship - We value the responsible use of our resources.

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, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; 800-621-7440; https://www.hlcommission.org/).
  • 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 Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • The MBA in Educational Leadership program is a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)-approved principal-licensing program. The program also offers additional DPI licenses in Director of Instruction and School Business Administrator.

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. Some programs also offer courses during the summer quarter. Some programs, such as the MBA and MBAEL, are offered in a 18-20 month cohort model. Contact the program director for information about specific programs.

Graduate Program Affiliations

MSOE is an institutional member in the following organizations:

  • Associated Schools of Construction
  • American Society for Engineering Management

Graduate Degree Programs

MSOE offers the following master’s degree programs:

  • Architectural Engineering (MSAE)
  • Civil Engineering (MSCVE)
  • Engineering (MSE)
  • Engineering Management (MSEM)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA in Education Leadership (MBAEL)
  • New Product Management (MSNP)
  • Nursing (MSN)
  • Perfusion (MSP)

Class sizes tend to be small, averaging between 10-20 students per class, depending on the program.

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 Graduate Admissions at grad@msoe.edu.

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

Location Options and Delivery Formats

Milwaukee Campus

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

Delivery Formats

Graduate programs are delivered in multiple formats in an attempt to meet the needs of students. Please contact the program director to discuss delivery format and calendar for specific programs.

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.

Some 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.

Some programs offer traditional, face-to-face meetings one night per week for the 11-week quarter.