Oct 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering (MSE), M.S.

Program Director

Dr. Subha Kumpaty, P.E.
Office: L351
Phone: (414) 277-7466
Email: kumpaty@msoe.edu

The MSE program enables graduate engineering professionals to further their problem-solving skills through the application of advanced engineering principles and methods. The strength of this program is in its flexibility. The program offers students the opportunity to advance their quantitative skills through a series of modeling-based courses and provides for their choice of specialty courses in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering and/or other related fields. The program allows for breadth and depth of engineering topics and culminates in either a project or final paper where the student must integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the program.

The MSE is aimed toward engineers who are involved with industrial projects. The program’s major emphasis is on the further development of engineering knowledge and skills in an effort to enhance the productivity of the practicing engineer. It provides a flexible platform for students to take either an integrated approach or a specialized approach to meet the demands of their engineering practice. 

Courses include topics such as simulation and modeling, operations research, quality engineering, advanced engineering mathematics, finite element analysis, advanced mechanics, fluid power systems, data communications, control systems, and advanced electronic systems.

A nine-credit capstone engineering project option is included as part of the program.

A non-project option is also available, which includes two specialty courses and a three-credit engineering paper in the specialty.


Dr. Aaron Armstrong, Dr. Cynthia W. Barnicki, Dr. Jennifer Bonniwell, Dr. Joshua Carl, Dr. Michael Cook, Dr. Christopher J. Damm, Dr. Icaro dos Santos, Dr. Eric Durant, Dr. William C. Farrow, Dr. Steven Fredette, Der. Douglas Grabbenstetter, Dr. Kevin Hart, Dr. Robert Hasker, Frederick Hoadley, Dr. Steve Holland, Dr. Mark Hornick, Dr. Olga Imas, Dr. Timothy Johnson, Dr. Richard Kelnhofer, Jeffrey Korn, Dr. Subha Kumpaty, Dr. Jeff LaMack, James Lembke, Dr. Adam Livingstone, Dr. Jonathon Magaña, Dr. Mohammad Mahinfalah, Dr. A. James Mallmann, Dr. Russell D. Meier, Christopher Merkl, Dr. Richard Mett, Dr. Joseph C. Musto, Dr. Leah Newman, Dr. Matthew A. Panhans, Dr. Nathan Patterson, Dr. Vincent Prantil, Dr. Cory J. Prust, Dr. Katherine Reichl, Dr. Derek Riley, Dr. Robert Rizza, Dr. Luis A. Rodriguez, Dr. Sheila Ross, Dr. Darrin Rothe, David Sachs, Dr. Ahmed Sayed, Dr. Matt Schaefer, Dr. Walter Schilling, Dr. Nebojsa Sebastijanovic, Dr. Michael Sevier, Dr. Brian Slaboch, Dr. Sohum Sohoni, Dr. Robert A. Strangeway, Michael J. Swedish, Dr. Christopher C. Taylor, Dr. Charles S. Tritt, Dennis Tronca, Dr. Robert Turney, Deborah Varnell, Dr. Prabhalar Venkateswaran, Thomas S. Wanke, Dr. Luke Weber, Dr. Kerry Widder, Dr. Jay Wierer, Dr. Daniel Williams, Dr. Stephen Williams, Dr. Yvonne Yaz, Dr. Josiah Yoder

Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates create new value in a process or product at their workplace through application of advanced engineering skills and knowledge.
  • Graduates advance in their careers as a direct result of completing the degree.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the MSE program will:

  • Be able to utilize advanced mathematics, with a primary focus on numerical methods and models, to solve engineering problems involving multivariate differential systems.
  • Have demonstrated an ability to apply advanced engineering principles to complex problems in his or her chosen specialty.
  • Have demonstrated an ability to integrate and analyze information in a chosen specialty in the form of scholarly work, either as an independent specialty paper or as an independent engineering project.
  • Have the ability to effectively present and communicate technical concepts, both orally and in writing.

Curriculum Format

The MSE program is for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in engineering, engineering technology, or other closely related areas. Each student works with the program director to plan a course of study tailored to his or her needs. Individual degree requirements are dependent upon the type of bachelor’s degree. Students with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical or electrical engineering, mechanical or electrical engineering technology, or a substantially similar degree from an accredited program are typically required to complete a total of 45 graduate credits. Each course typically meets once per week for 11 weeks during one of the three quarters of the regular academic year. Occasionally, select classes will meet twice weekly.

Engineering Project Option or Non-Project Option

Each student completes either a capstone project or a specialty paper. The Engineering Project Option (nine credits of GE 796 , GE 797  and GE 798 ) can either draw from the multiple disciplines studied within the program or can focus more on technical areas within the student’s chosen engineering discipline. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each student develops an engineering project proposal and presents it for approval before a committee. The same committee reviews the progress and judges the completion of the engineering project in subsequent courses.

The Non-Project Option will require a two-course sequence in 700- or 800- level EE/ME specialty courses and a final course (GE 791 ) in which a specialty paper is written. In this final course, each student completes a paper analysis/design of certain aspects of the chosen specialty and presents it both orally and in writing. The paper is reviewed by the program director (course coordinator) and a faculty member in the specialty area.

Curriculum Track for GE Healthcare Employees

Employees of GE Healthcare may take the company’s Advanced Courses in Engineering (ACE) coursework as part of the MSE curriculum content (12 credits of core courses in engineering and 6 credits of electives) with courses registered at MSOE. Students in this track will complete the remaining 27 credits at MSOE and obtain a graduate degree upon successful completion. Details may be obtained from the program director.

Curriculum Content

The MSE program has the following credit requirements from each of the following disciplines:

Industrial Engineering

Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering

Choice of four core courses from EE, ME (12 credits)

Electives – Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Management

Two courses from AE, EE, EV, GE, IE, ME, MA, PH, CS or EM (3 credits each)

Project or Non-Project Option

Non-Project Option

Model Part-time Track (V5.1)

Year One/Year Two (see note 1)

Year One/Year Two Total: 9 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 9 credits

Year Two/Year One (see note 1)

Year Two/Year One Total: 9 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 9 credits

Year Three (see note 2)


  •  EE/ME 5-8XX Core I 3 credits 2


  •  EE/ME 5-8XX Core II 3 credits 2


  •  EE/ME 5-8XX Core III 3 credits 2

Year Three Total: 9 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 9 credits

Year Four (see note 2, 3)


  •  EE/ME 5-8XX Core IV 3 credits 2


  • Elective I (Graduate Level)3 3 credits 


  •  Elective II (Graduate level) 3 credits

Year Four Total: 9 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 9 credits

Year Five: Engineering Project Option

Year Five Total: 9 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 9 credits

Year Five: Non-Project Option (see note 4)


  • EE/ME 7-8XX Core V 3 credits 4


  •   EE/ME 7-8XX Core VI 3 credits

Year Five Total: 9 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 9 credits


1 The courses are offered every other year. This track (V5.1) as stated applies to students who begin in the fall of an even-numbered year. The classes in the first two years are reversed for those who begin in the fall of an odd-numbered year.

2 The EE/ME core courses I through IV can be all EE, all ME, or a combination of both fields, depending on the student’s need for either specialized or integrated approach. These courses can be from 500 through 800 level. The student is responsible for ensuring the prerequisites are met before registering in higher level courses.

3 Technical electives must be 600 level or above from any of the following disciplines: AE, CV, EE, GE, IE, ME, MA, PH, or CS.

4 The EE/ME core courses V and VI are sequence courses in a chosen specialty and must be from 700 or 800 level. An example is a two-course sequence of EE 813 - Advanced Electronic Systems  and EE 871  - Modern Control Systems. Another example is a two-course set of ME 882 - Compressible Flow  and ME 884 - Numerical Methods in Heat Transfer .