Jun 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Academic Catalog-June 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Academic Catalog-June

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 gain insights from them and provide them services of value.

The MSOE Guarantee

This fall, millions of students will begin their quest for a four-year college degree. However, for many, it will take five or more years to earn the degree. At some institutions, the courses needed to make steady academic progress are often unavailable to students when they need them. MSOE guarantees that will not happen to students who follow their four-year plan, as published in the academic catalog.

Students who have successfully received credit for all prior required coursework in their curriculum map by the time of regular registration will be guaranteed seats in the next set of required curriculum map courses if they register during the regular registration period. The guarantee does not apply to student-chosen electives, but MSOE will ensure that students are able to register for a course that satisfies the elective requirement.

We also recognize there will be times when graduates need to brush up on the subject matter from a course they have successfully completed. MSOE guarantees that graduates may refresh their knowledge by repeating any undergraduate course they took at MSOE, at no cost, within three years of graduation. This will enhance their job performance and may be initiated by the graduate or the graduate’s employer. Courses retaken under the MSOE Guarantee will be taken on an audit basis and no grade will be earned.


MSOE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional 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/). Individual degree programs are accredited by appropriate professional accreditation organizations as noted in each corresponding program outline.

The Academic Year

The academic year is divided into two 16-week semesters, starting in August or September through May. Courses are also offered during the summer. For more information, please see the Academic Calendar  portion of this catalog. 


MSOE is an institutional member in the following organizations:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Associated Schools of Construction
  • Association of Independent Technological Universities
  • College Board
  • College Entrance Examination Board
  • College Scholarship Service Assembly
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)
  • Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA)
  • KEEN - Engineering Unleashed
  • National Academic Advising Association
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
  • US Green Building Council
  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)

Degree Programs

MSOE is dedicated to preparing graduates for productive and successful careers. Programs of study provide students with ample opportunities to progress in accordance with their individual abilities and professional goals. MSOE offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, noncredit courses and seminars, on-site and online educational offerings, and a variety of services that meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students, business, and industry.

Students in a baccalaureate-level curriculum are encouraged to follow a carefully planned curriculum map. These maps, as well as program details, can be found in the Degrees, Minors, and Certificates by Department  portion of this catalog. MSOE offers the following degree programs. The undergraduate programs are described fully in this catalog.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Actuarial Science
Architectural Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Civil Engineering 
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Construction Management
Electrical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations and Systems Management
Software Engineering
Technical and Business Management
User Experience

Master’s Degrees

Architectural Engineering
Civil Engineering 
Engineering Management
Machine Learning
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MSOE also offers multiple study abroad programs , and students may pursue a double major or dual degree.

Early Entry to Master’s Degrees

Current MSOE students may apply for certain master’s programs once they have achieved junior standing in the undergraduate program. Accepted students with senior standing may take up to 16 credits of graduate courses before their bachelor’s degree is conferred that also fulfill undergraduate requirements. Each program specifies how many credits count toward undergraduate requirements. See the undergraduate program descriptions to find details about early entry programs.

Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative education, referred to as a “co-op,” is a valuable component of academic study, where MSOE students in specified programs take a semester and summer off to work full-time in a professional setting. A co-op is a paid, structured, experiential-learning opportunity where employers provide students with a variety of challenging work responsibilities and provide generous technical and professional support. Co-ops are tied to MSOE through corresponding academic courses. The associated courses allow students to leave school in good standing with all the benefits of a full-time student. The co-op work experience is intended to be an integral part of the student’s education that can provide them with valuable portfolios and increase their job prospects. Students interested in a co-op experience should contact the Career Connection Center.