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Sustainable Systems Engineering (UW-Madison)

Engineering, Architecture & Applied Tech

Recognizing that sustainability has transformed from a concept to a global imperative, the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) program is designed to prepare you to understand and drive change within your organization as it relates to complex systems and their impact on the quality of water, land, air, energy, economics, and society.

Become a Sustainable Engineering Leader in Your Area of Interest

As a graduate of SSE, you will not only gain an understanding of sustainable principles, but you will have the opportunity to specialize in:

  • Energy Production and Distribution
  • Facilities and Built Environment
  • Public Infrastructure

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering are listed below. Exceptions to standard admission requirements are considered by the admissions committee on an individual basis.

  • A BS degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or the equivalent.*
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work). (Applicants with less than a 3.0 may be admitted at the discretion of the department.)
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 580 on the written version, 243 on the computer version, or 92 on the Internet version.
  • International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved US bachelor's degree. Applicants from an international institution must have a strong academic performance comparable to a 3.00 for an undergraduate or master's degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation

We do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores, such as those from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

* Equivalency to an ABET accredited program: Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited program may also qualify for admission to the program. Such applicants must have a BS in science, technology, or a related field with 16 math and science credits and professional experience to demonstrate proficiency in engineering practice. Registration as a professional engineer by examination, if achieved, should be documented to support your application.

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