MSOE History

MSOE's history is rich and far reaching.
At the dawn of the 20th century, new occupations emerged in technical fields as the use of electrical and mechanical power was greatly accelerated. Engineers and technicians were in great demand, but few people were available who had the formal education and technical training. Industry’s need spurred the development of progressive programs of technical education.

In this context, Oscar Werwath organized the School of Engineering of Milwaukee in 1903. Werwath was a practicing engineer who graduated from European technical schools in the late 19th century. He was the first person to plan an American educational institution based on an applications-oriented curriculum.

From the beginning, leaders of business and industry cooperated in the institution’s development, and a close relationship was established that has continued throughout MSOE’s history. These early supporters realized that their future depended upon educational institutions that could prepare men and women to fill newly created engineering and management positions.

Today, MSOE offers 15 bachelor’s degrees and 10 master’s degrees. The 2,800 students who attend MSOE come from all parts of the United States and dozens of other countries. More than 20,000 alumni live and work throughout the United States and abroad, and nearly 2,000 of them own their own businesses or are officers of companies. MSOE is a small university making an enormous impact.


The MSOE Advantage

That advantage is measurable: Just consider our enviable average 99% graduate outcomes rate for the Class of 2021-22 (that’s in your field, not working at a fast food joint) and $71,497 average starting salary (the highest early and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university, according to PayScale Inc).  

  • Hands-on experience — We actually have more labs than we have classrooms, and our undergraduates clock an average of 600 hours of lab time in industry-standard facilities.
  • Personal attention — With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, average undergraduate class size of 19 students and average lab size of 11 students, MSOE provides an intimate learning environment that will help you achieve your best.
  • High-quality teaching — You won’t find teaching assistants here, and our faculty have an average of seven years of industry experience.
  • Incredible location — Our home in downtown Milwaukee gives you convenient access to major companies for internships and other field experiences (plus plenty of nightlife and weekend fun).