University of wisconsin madison  madison  wisconsin   united states
US News Ranking 20
Qsranking Not Ranked
Timesranking 44

Brief background

The University of Wisconsin was the first public university of Wisconsin and is the oldest and largest public university in the state. This university was established in 1848 with a huge campus that includes four National Historic Landmarks. The university offers 120 doctoral programs, 148 master’s degree program,s and 120 doctoral programs for the students.


The University of Wisconsin Madison ranking is #65 in the QS Global World Ranking 2021. Whereas, the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings have placed the university at 49th position in the World University Rankings 2021, 65th in the US College Rankings 2021, and 33rd in the World Reputation Rankings 2020.

Acceptance Rate

The University of Wisconsin-Madison acceptance rate is around 51.7%. Its acceptance rate for Indian students is around 17%.


The university is spread over 936-acres and the campus area is surrounded by buildings and lush greenery. Lakeshore Nature Preserve gives an opportunity to the students and faculty to interact with nature and also access the nearby lecture halls, laboratories, and playing fields as well.

Residing Options 

This university provides residence halls, apartments for the students to live within the campus. Residence halls are equipped with all the services, resources, and support that students need while living on the campus premises. They can develop friendships, plan events whenever they want by forming a group, Apartment buildings are built on the 83 acres of green space of the campus.


The faculty members of Wisconsin university are well-known researchers and here they get the opportunity to enrich the lives of students with their knowledge and leadership skills. Faculty members are also consultants at various big branded companies, federal organizations and are high-level appointees as well. 


The University of Wisconsin-Madison tuition fees for Indian students is around $25,000 annually. The annual off-campus living cost is around $6000.

Financial Aid 

There is Bucky’s Tuition Promise program for the students of Wisconsin university that guarantees scholarships and grants for them. It also promises a period of free tuition and segregated fees to fresh students whose family income is less than $56,000.

Jobs and placements 

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (also known as University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, UW, or regionally as UW–Madison, or simply Madison) is a public research university in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. The average salary of girls lie between $40,596 - $85,081, while boys earned between $48,739 - $105,408. Top recruiters for the university include General Electric Co (GE); General Electric (GE) Healthcare; UW - Madison; 3M Company; Target Corporation and UW Hospital. The salary range for Master of Science (MS) is $50,448 - $99,643. General Electric Co (GE) pays between $58,734 - $124,140. Salary range of 3M Company - $65,197 - $102,765. The most popular job profiles among the university alumni are Software Engineer; Mechanical Engineer; Project Manager; Project Engineer; Research Scientist; Electrical Engineer; Software Developer. 


Some of the famous alumni include - Theodore Schultz, M.S., recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in Economics, 1979, Carol Bartz, former CEO of Yahoo!, former chairman of the board, president and CEO of Autodesk Inc., David J. Lesar, chairman, president, and CEO of Halliburton Energy Service and Robert D. McFadden, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.


Students who enroll in the University of Wisconsin for higher studies learn a lot of things that are useful for their bright future.


The campus of UW-Madison is approximately 80 miles from Milwaukee, 90 miles from Dubuque, 140 miles from Green Bay and La Crosse, 150 miles from Chicago, and 270 miles from Minneapolis. There are several major freeways available to the town: I-39, I-90, and I-94.
Dane County Regional Airport, situated just 10 minutes from the campus, provides flights to and from many main locations across the nation through a variety of domestic operators with non-stop flights.
Madison and the UW campus are also served by several bus lines and motor coach businesses. To and from Madison, Greyhound provides daily service. Daily service to and from Milwaukee is offered by Badger Coaches. And Van Galder Bus Company provides daily round-trip service from campus to downtown Chicago, O'Hare, and Midway Airports for those traveling to or from Chicago.
The Madison Associated Students (ASM) bus pass program offers free Madison Metro bus passes to all UW-Madison learners paying segregated charges. The free bus pass is suitable for unlimited rides anywhere in the town on the local Madison Metro bus system.
Madison is a bike-friendly town, and there's no exception to the UW-Madison campus. Biking is a wonderful way to get around. Parking a bike on campus is easy and nearly all buildings have tracks.
B-cycle is a lease program for short-term bicycles. Throughout the campus and the town, there are several B-cycle stations. The Red Bike Project is a lease program for long-term bikes. Red Bike program provides refurbished bicycles (painted red, of course) that can be used free of charge on campus and around the community!
Walking is an optimal way to get around and experience the beauty of the campus. Including the picturesque Lakeshore Path, there are many roads and footpaths.
Take the Lightway Walking Path at night. There are over 60 emergency phones situated across the campus which can be used in the event of an emergency. Most emergency phones are marked "911-Emergency" and have a blue light above them. SAFEwalk can be used when traveling at night in the campus.
Not only this, there are lots of great restaurants, an active theater community, tons of music, and shopping places, making the UW-Madison campus an ideal place to study.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 17%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 117
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 87
TA Appointments 220
RA appointments 646
Research funding $125,086,458
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The extremely varied concentrations in Bioscience provided by the University of Wisconsin–Madison makes it a world leader in biotechnology, life science, and medical research. UW-Madison ranks fourth in research expenditure among U.S. public universities, second in non-federally financed studies and fourth in federally financed studies. The Master of Science in Biotechnology Program (MS-Biotechnology Program) at the University of Wisconsin is specifically intended for practitioners who want to advance their careers in biotechnology.  It is an interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on biotechnology science, law, and business. The department conducts laboratory classes with the intention to equip learners with the fundamental science of biotechnology before plunging into the more sophisticated scientific fields. The scientific content is thus combined with practical laboratory operations to ensure that all the learners in the laboratory setting become skilled in the field. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Biotechnology Training Program (BTP) provides doctoral students the chance to gain training and experience in biotechnology with targeted training, an industry internship, and up to two years of financing. BTP is a multidisciplinary training program financed by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH).

Areas of Expertise: Process control, optimization & scheduling; Materials & Nanotechnology; Colloids; Bioengineering; Systems Engineering; Polymer Science & Engr.; Catalysis; Fluid Mechanics; Reaction Engineering


The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department provides a bachelor's degree (B.S.) and a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering. The Department does not consider applications for a terminal M.S. degree; only the Ph.D. applicants are admitted into the department. The M.S. degree can be awarded post-admission for work completed leading to the Ph.D. degree.  The doctorate degree emphasizes extensive and original approaches to problem-solving. The department's research is extremely interdisciplinary, capitalizing on nationally prominent programs such as the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), the nation's biggest biotechnology training program funded by the NIH, and the Computing and Informatics training program in biology and medicine. The B.S. pupils in Chemical engineering program are urged to take part in global study experiences, industry internships, and business operations. The students enrolled in the program take chemistry classes along with physics, mathematics, and biology courses. Chemical engineers have opportunities in the fields of energy resources, equipment, pulp, and paper production, pharmaceuticals, plastics, personal care products, synthetic fibers, food processing, waste treatment, pollution reduction, public health, and biotechnology.
Areas of Expertise: Process control, optimization & scheduling; Materials & Nanotechnology; Colloids; Bioengineering; Systems Engineering; Polymer Science & Engr.; Catalysis; Fluid Mechanics; Reaction Engineering

List of Labs: Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC)


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is responsible for the sustainable design of facilities that protect the health and well-being of communities and the environment while also ensuring the financial health of the society. The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The department’s Bachelor of Science offers students with a strong foundation leading to a multitude of career opportunities and professional achievements. The MS program includes study methods and emphasizes the improvement of professional understanding and abilities. The Ph.D. program emphasizes wider and more original approaches to problem-solving. The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering also provides six accelerated masters programs - Construction Engineering and Management M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering M.S., Geological Engineering M.S., Structural Engineering M.S., Transportation Engineering M.S., and Water Resources Engineering M.S. - that can be finished in one year.

Areas of Expertise: Transportation; Water Resources; Building Systems; Environmental; Geoenvironmental Engineering; Mineral Extraction & Byproducts Management; Conventional & Renewable Energy

List of Labs: Modified Asphalt Research Center (MARC); Wisconsin Structures & Materials Testing Lab; Wisconsin Transportation Center; Water Science & Engineering Lab; Wisconsin Consortium for Applied Water Quality Research

Computer Science

The UW–Madison Computer Science Department is a top-ranking department in the U.S. in terms of federal research funds and is also listed among the top educational institutions overall since the early 1900s. The department provides bachelor's degrees (BA, BS), traditional MS /Ph.D., and professional MS degree. The department also provides project-oriented classes in artificial intelligence, computer architecture, computer graphics, computer networks, computer safety, databases, the interaction between people and computers, operating systems, programming languages and compilers, software engineering, and wireless systems. Traditional MS /Ph.D. programs accept undergraduate learners from various areas like computer science, mathematics, engineering, psychology, linguistics, economics, physics, philosophy, and business. The Professional Master's Program is designed for working experts in the U.S. or overseas who want to pursue an MS degree in computer science in the university. The program is intended to enable working experts to finish the program within two years and receive an MS degree.
Areas of Expertise:  Artificial Intelligence; Computer Graphics; Scientific computing and applied math; Computer Music; Social Robotics Lab; Algorithms and complexity theory; Distributed computing; Security and cryptography; Computer Systems and Networking; Computing and the arts; Technical Reports; Programming languages and compilers; Machine learning 

Electrical / Electronics

To foster the next generation of technicians and technology leaders, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering follows an extensive strategy. The department has research and instructional expertise in six major impact areas: energy, health and bioengineering, computing and information, nanotechnology, and security. Its research activities within such areas concentrate on four subdisciplines: computer engineering, applied physics, systems, and power engineering. It provides Bachelor / Masters and Ph.D. programs. The Electrical Engineering Research Master's program is designed for learners seeking research training and sophisticated concept development and wanting to undertake an in-depth project with a member of the faculty. The Ph.D. program applies to students who desire the greatest level of research training. Preparing a thesis or a project report on a research problem is a distinctive characteristic of the Research MS option. The research advisor and the student can decide between themselves if the student should submit a thesis or complete a project report. The Professional Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is intended to deepen the technical understanding of the student and to improve his/her professional abilities for a well-prepared entry into the sector. Through a course-only curriculum, an accelerated and predictable completion time of 16 months, and a summer professional development session, the program offers practical focus. The Professional program's focus differs from the traditional research-based MS program as it replaces independent research that leads to a written thesis with an accelerated coursework plan and summer professional development.
Areas of Expertise: Signal Processing, Control & Communications; Microelectronics; Photonics; Nanostructures; Computer Engineering

List of Labs: Yale Institute of Network Science (YINS)


UW-Madison's Environmental Engineering and Science Group is globally acknowledged for its strengths in wastewater treatment, water therapy, microbial ecology, microbial interaction modeling, and air pollutant detection. The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering provides graduate programs leading to the Master of Science degree (MS) and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The MS program, including study methods, emphasizes the improvement of professional understanding and abilities. The Ph.D. program emphasizes wider approaches to problem-solving.  The department also provides an MS Degree in Environmental Chemistry and Technology, another thesis-based program.
Areas of Expertise: Transportation; Water Resources; Building Systems; Environmental; Geoenvironmental Engineering; Mineral Extraction & Byproducts Management; Conventional & Renewable Energy  

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial Systems and Engineering has a long track record of excellence in the sector of industrial and systems engineering. The department consistently ranked in the top 10 nationwide, provides the greatest quality instructional experience, world-class research possibilities, and state-of-the-art equipment for job and study. The department provides a bachelor’s, master's, and a Ph.D. degree. The bachelor's degree is intended to provide the technical expertise and abilities required in a multitude of sectors. Master of Science in Industrial Engineering Research Option is a flexible curriculum that allows learners to customize their degree program to accommodate their specific requirements and career goals. The Systems Engineering and Analytics (SEA) MS offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate training, under the guidance of the foremost experts in their field. The Master of Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering (HFHSE) program provides content from physical ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, macroeconomics, and major issues in health care, including long-term care, prevention, quality improvement, health care financing, and system evaluation. The department provides state-of-the-art equipment for professors, employees, and scholars of the Ph.D. program. Industrial and systems engineering concentration fields include operations research, manufacturing, engineering of health systems, and human factors and ergonomics.

Areas of Expertise: Operations Research; Mfg & Production Systems; Human Factors & Ergonomics; Health Systems Engineering 

List of Labs: Center for Quick Response Manufacturing; Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS); Industrial Hand Tool and Ergonomics Research Consortium; Center for Human Performance & Risk Analysis; UW E-Business Institute; Center for Quality & Productivity Improvement; Center for Health Systems Research & Analysis

Materials Science

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering provides a Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering. Here, the learners conduct independent research with the assistance of their consultants and members of the thesis committee. During the advancement towards the Ph.D., a Master's degree is also provided to learners registered in the Ph.D. program.  Direct admission to the degree program of the terminal Master is uncommon.

Areas of Expertise: Electron Microscopy; Thin Film Deposition; Mechanics & Materials; Computational Materials
List of Labs:  Materials Science Center


The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the nation's top mechanical engineering departments. The curriculum involves important hands-on operations and generates some of the field's most skilled and respected technicians. The science and engineering principles applicable to Mechanical Engineering systems are taught in a bachelor's degree program. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a thesis option. It takes approximately two years to complete the course. The thesis option includes a research component as well. The Automotive Engineering MS program helps in preparing students for a career in the automation industry. It has a strong emphasis on in-cylinder energy conversion processes. The graduates in Automotive Engineering participate in engine development programs in the automotive, heavy-duty, or recreational engine sectors. The Modeling and Simulation in Mechanical Engineering MS program are designed for a career in the industry with a focus on simulation and analysis. Major emphasis is on modeling and simulation in which graduates participate in analysis-driven design in application areas related to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer,  solid mechanics, biomechanics, and manufacturing. The Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers an Accelerated Mechanical Engineering MS program for an advanced career within the field of Mechanical Engineering. Automotive Engineering, Modeling, and Simulation in Mechanical Engineering, Accelerated Mechanical Engineering are for a duration of 12 months. The department's Ph.D. program prepares learners to conduct autonomous studies in the department's fields of faculty knowledge. The department’s broad study fields include biomechanics, computer engineering, power, production, and mechanics and controls (study fields, faculty directory). 

Areas of Expertise: Polymer Engineering; Computational Methods & Optimization; Computational Mechanics; Robotics/Electromechanical System Control; Thermal-Fluid Systems; Biomechanics; Adv Mfg & Prototype Processes; Engine & Vehicle Systems

List of Labs: Engine Research Center; Wisconsin Applied Computing Center; HVAC & R Center; Solar Energy Laboratory; Polymer Engineering Center

Pure Sciences

The Department of Physics integrates basic principles of physics, mathematics, and engineering to solve societal issues while educating a fresh generation of technical leaders. Together with the Ph.D. degree, the department also offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The University of Wisconsin's Department of Chemistry offers a sound understanding of chemical principles along with important possibilities to participate in scientific inquiries in a creative environment. The department offers bachelor, master, and Ph.D. degrees. The Mathematics Department provides both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics.

Areas of Expertise: Fusion Plasma Physics; Astronautics; Mechanics of Materials; Radiation Sciences; Generation IV Reactors; Fusion Science & Technology; Thermal Hydraulics; Fission Reactor Engr.; Bio/Micro/Nano-mechanics

List of Labs: Center for Plasma Theory & Computation; Fusion Technology Institute; Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems

Annual fees for Indians $25,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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