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Graduate student advising

Your first and constant connections

Advisor and graduate student

Deciding to become a graduate student in engineering at UW-Madison is an exciting next step in your academic career. We know you’ll be busy taking classes, working on your research, potentially adjusting to a new city (or country), and in general, trying to navigate the various campus resources and requirements for graduate students.

You’re not alone. In fact, our engineering graduate student coordinators specialize in giving great advice and steering you in the right direction so that you can focus getting an outstanding education.

Working closely with the UW-Madison Graduate School and your faculty mentor, we help you navigate grad school from A to Z—essentially everything from applying to be a graduate student at UW-Madison to the UW Graduate School regulations and the policies and procedures set forth by your individual degree program to your graduation.

What we do for you

We’re super-approachable people and one of the things we like best is truly getting to know our students—
many of whom occasionally drop by our office suite in the Mechanical Engineering Building just to say a quick hello.

Your faculty mentor will act as your academic advisor, meet with you regularly,
and help you articulate a plan for coursework and research.

We’re here for everything else.
In other words, we can help connect you with people, support and resources—as well as help you work through challenges—
so that you can be successful as a grad student.

graduate students with their advisor in a nuclear research lab

Here’s a short list of the services we provide.

We can help you:

  • Understand the specific admissions requirements of the program you’re interested in, including testing, timelines, tuition, funding and more.
  • Understand Graduate School and department regulations and policies.
  • Ensure the courses you’re taking meet the curriculum requirements for your enrolled degree.
  • Complete administrative requirements throughout your education.
  • Find and connect with people in other departments, units or programs across campus.
  • Find and access support services, including the McBurney Disability Resource Center and University Health Services, among many others.
  • Receive reminders about important dates, deadlines and milestones.
  • Receive advice and information about everything from where to find housing to fun things to do in Madison to how to stay warm in winter (it’s easier than you think)!

Contact us, early and often

Each of our graduate programs has a dedicated graduate coordinator to support you. Here’s how you can reach the advisor for the program you’re interested in.

Capstone certificates:

Master’s degrees:

Biomedical engineering:

Chemical engineering:

Civil and environmental engineering:

Electrical and computer engineering:

Engineering mechanics:

Environmental chemistry and technology:

Geological engineering:

Industrial engineering:

Mechanical engineering:

Materials science and engineering:

Manufacturing systems engineering:

Nuclear engineering and engineering physics: