Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Milwaukee School of Engineering
Type Private
Established 1903
Endowment $59,540,559[1]
President John Walz
Academic staff
Students 2,810[3] (Fall 2016)
Undergraduates 2,596[3] (Fall 2016)
Postgraduates 214[3] (Fall 2016)
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
43°02′38″N 87°54′31″W / 43.0440°N 87.9085°W / 43.0440; -87.9085Coordinates: 43°02′38″N 87°54′31″W / 43.0440°N 87.9085°W / 43.0440; -87.9085
Campus Urban
total 22 acres (0.089 km2)
Colors Red, white
Athletics NCAA Division III-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League, Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
Sports 19 varsity teams
14 club sports
10 intramural groups

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is a private university located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As of fall 2011, the university had an enrollment of more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The university focuses primarily on an engineering curriculum, but also offers programs in nursing and business.


Milwaukee School of Engineering was founded in 1903 by Oscar Werwath and initially called the School of Engineering of Milwaukee. Werwath was the first person to plan an American educational institution based on an applications-oriented curriculum.[4]

MSOE's logo was designed by industrial engineer Brooks Stevens for the school's 1978 diamond jubilee.[5]


The curricula at MSOE are centered on engineering, business, mathematics and nursing.MSOE's primary focus is on undergraduate education, where it has 8 academic departments and offers 17 majors. MSOE mainly offers ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degree to undergraduate students, as well as a Bachelor of the Arts in technical communication. MSOE also has 11 post-graduate master's programs. As of 2016, MSOE had 133 full-time faculty members and 124, 78% of whom hold a doctoral degree. Unlike many other universities the professors teach all courses; teaching assistants are not used. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1.[2]

Academic programs

The Campus Center, summer 2016

MSOE has full-time bachelor of science programs in engineering: architectural, biomedical, biomolecular, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, software, a freshman-to-master's degree in civil engineering. A part-time engineering degree is also offered. MSOE's Rader School of Business offers degrees in business management, international business, and management information systems. Additional four-year undergraduate programs are nursing, construction management, technical communication, and actuarial science. Two-year transfer programs leading to B.S. degrees are offered in Electrical Engineering, Engineering and Management.

MSOE confers master's degrees in engineering, MBA in education leadership, MBA in STEM Leadership engineering management, medical informatics, perfusion, architectural engineering, civil engineering, construction and business management, marketing and export management, and new product management.


Fall admission statistics
Applicants 2326
Admits 1511
Admit rate 62.5%
Enrolled 725
SAT range 610-730
SAT mean 650
ACT range 25-30
ACT mean 32.8

Undergraduate admission is "more selective" as described by US News & World Report. The Princeton Review gave the university an admissions selectivity rating of 86.

For the 2014-15 academic year the university received over 2,000 applications, and only 1,511 were accepted, leading to a 62.5% acceptance rate. The admitted students profile showed an average GPA of 3.59, a 650 SAT score and 32.8 on the ACT test.

100% of students in the 2014-15 year (1,839) who have financial need received aid.

Study-abroad programs

MSOE has study-abroad exchange agreements with five universities: the Fachhochschule Lübeck[7] in Germany, the Czech Technical University[8] (CTU) in Prague, Czech Republic, the Florence University of the Arts[9] in Florence, Italy, Manipal Institute of Technology,[10] in India and Lille Catholic University[11] in Lille, France. At the foreign universities, all courses are taught in English.


MSOE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The architectural engineering, biomolecular engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, and software engineering programs are accredited by The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The construction management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The master of science in perfusion is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).[12]


US News & World Report rankings
Program Ranking Year
In the Midwest 11 2016[13]
Colleges for Veterans 11 2016[13]
Value 8 2016[13]
Undergraduate Engineering Program 10 2016[13]
Forbes rankings
Program Ranking Year
National Ranking 481 2016[3]
Private Colleges 320 2016[3]
In the Midwest 113 2016[3]

The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked MSOE 11th among regional universities in the Midwest.[14] It ranked MSOE 10th among undergraduate engineering programs.[15] In 2016 MSOE was listed among Princeton Review's 159 best Midwestern colleges.[16] In 2016, Forbes ranked MSOE #481on its list of America's top colleges.[17]

Board of Regents

Along with the president, Milwaukee School of Engineering is led by a Board of Regents composed of a chairman and 50 representatives from businesses, industries, education, and the government. The Board of Regents governs and makes major decisions through several standing committees, such as the executive committee and the business and industrial advisory committee.

The MSOE Guarantee

The Milwaukee School of Engineering operates on a 4 quarter system year-round, its academic terms lasting 10 weeks each. For most majors there is also a track system. Most of the programs use a track system that clearly states what courses the student should take for their term. Freshman usually take 4 courses per term and upperclassmen take 5 courses per term. The MSOE Guarantee states that for a student starting and staying on track, all classes needed for graduation will be available when they need them so that they may graduate in four years.[18]


Fred Loock Engineering Center

MSOE's campus occupies 22 acres (0.089 km2) in the East Town neighborhood of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin located in southeastern Wisconsin along Lake Michigan. The campus fits in with the city grid, spread out over several blocks. MSOE has one of the smallest campuses in Wisconsin, only the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) has a smaller campus (2 acres (0.0081 km2)).[19]

The buildings on campus vary with age, with most being built in the mid twentieth century. The oldest building on campus is the Alumni Partnership Center (formerly known as the Valentin Blatz Brewing Company Office Building), built in 1890 [20] and the newest being the Kern Center built in 2004.[20] Several of the buildings on campus use the iconic Cream City brick, which is used in many other buildings in Milwaukee.

Academic facilities

Grohmann Museum

Allen Bradley Hall of Science was acquired and renovated in 1958, formerly a parking garage. Allen-Bradley provided much of the funding and equipment for the building and was thus obtained the naming rights. It houses electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as the physics and chemistry departments. The Fred Loock Engineering Center was opened in 1967, and was designed by Fitzhugh Scott. It is an extension of the Allen Bradley Hall of Science. The building houses several laboratories and classrooms for use of many engineering departments.[20]

The only major library on campus is the The Walter Schroeder Library. Dedicated in 1980 by Gerald Ford, the library is named after Wisconsin magnate Walter Schroeder[20] and has the mathematics as well as the electrical engineering and computer science faculty offices.

Most of the administration buildings are located in Student Life and Campus Center, which was acquired from Blatz Brewery in 1987. The department of civil and architectural engineering and construction management (CAECM) have their faculty offices here as well. Recently added was the Ruehlow Nursing Complex, a multimillion-dollar upgrade for the School of Nursing. Many student resources such as the bookstore, a marketplace, and the student union called the "Great Room" are also here.[20]

Rosenberg Hall, home to MSOE's Rader School of Business, was dedicated in 2003. Funds for the project were provided by alumnus Kenneth Rosenberg and his wife Doris. The hall contains classrooms, labs and faculty offices and the Milwaukee U.S. Export Assistance Center.

In 2006, MSOE acquired the former Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and renovated it for use as The Grohmann Museum to house the Man at Work: The Eckhart G. Grohmann Collection, classrooms, and faculty offices for the humanities and psychology departments.[21]

Athletic facilities

Kern Center Ice Arena

In 2004, MSOE's 210,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) Kern Center was completed, adding a hockey arena, basketball arena, fitness center, running track, and field house to its downtown campus. MSOE's Kern Center houses many of the sports teams' facilities, along with recreational areas for students and the Counseling Services, Health Services and the Servant-Leadership Office.

In 2013, MSOE completed construction on a new athletic field and parking complex called Pamela and Harmann Viets Field. The athletic field was built on top of an in-ground parking facility immediately north of the Kern Center.[22]

Margaret Loock Residence Hall

Residence Halls

Undergraduates can live in four residence halls, but incoming freshman can only live in Roy W. Johnson Hall (RWJ) and Margaret Loock Residence Hall (MLH). Roy W. Johnson Hall and Margaret Loock Residence Hall were constructed in 1967, and are traditional residence halls; while Regents Hall and Grohmann Tower are arranged apartment style.

Meals are served by Food Services Incorporated operating two dining facilities, the Skylight Marketplace in the campus center and a dining hall connected to Roy W. Johnson Hall.


Roscoe Raider, MSOE mascot

MSOE's 21 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. MSOE competes in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) for most sports. Men's ice hockey competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA), men's lacrosse in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC), men's volleyball in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL), and wrestling in the Northern Wrestling Association (NWA). Men's rowing is not sponsored by the NCAA, so MSOE competes against all collegiate teams. The school colors are red and white.


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling


  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

MSOE also has club and intramural sports,[23] including a dance team and a stunt team.

Rowing Team

The MSOE Rowing Team is one of the school's newest sports. The team practices all year long and competes at many regattas; these include: the Milwaukee River Challenge, Tail of the Fox, Head of the Charles, Heart of Texas, Milwaukee Invite, MACRAS, Aberdeen Dad Vails and IRA's.

Ultimate Frisbee team

The MSOE student-run Ultimate Frisbee team, founded in 2007, competes in USA Ultimate sanctioned events in the Midwest. They are the 2012 Lake Superior DIII Conference Champion.[24]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. MSOE (2015-02-10). Form 990 Filing. p. 47.
  2. 1 2 "Who We Are". MSOE. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Milwaukee School of Engineering". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. "History". MSOE. 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
  5. "Whole Student Life Handbook" (PDF). MSOE. September 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-05.
  6. "Lübeck University of Applied Sciences". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  7. "Czech Technical University". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  8. "Florence University of the Arts". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  9. "Manipal Institute of Technology". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  10. "Lille Catholic University". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  11. "MSOE's Accreditations". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  12. 1 2 3 4 "Milwaukee School of Engineering". US News. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  13. "Regional University Midwest Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  14. "US News and World Report Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  16. "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  17. "The MSOE Guarantee". MSOE. MSOE.
  18. "Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design". US News. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  19. 1 2 3 4 5 "Student Handbook" (PDF). MSOE. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  20. "Grohmann Museum". MSOE. 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  21. "MSOE athletic field and parking complex". MSOE. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
  22. "MSOE Athletics Home Page". MSOE. Retrieved 2006-09-20.
  23. "MSOE Ultimate Frisbee Organization". Society for the Appreciation of Ducky(SAD). 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  24. "Honors and Awards of Joseph J. Rencis". Joseph J. Rencis. Retrieved 2006-09-22.
  25. "ASME Fellows" (PDF). ASME. 2006-01-13. Retrieved 2006-10-07.
  26. "MSOE Recognizes Outstanding Alumni". MSOE. 2000-12-05. Archived from the original on 2006-07-08. Retrieved 2006-09-22.

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