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College of Engineering and Applied Science

Certificate in Ergonomics

The Certificate in Ergonomics is being revised; admission to the program is temporarily suspended.


The Certificate in Ergonomics program is designed to provide a formal program of study for students who wish to pursue careers in ergonomics in industry, government, or academia.

Eligibility and Admission

Students wishing to earn the certificate must be enrolled in a UWM master's or doctoral degree program in any department or be admitted as UWM non-degree graduate students (see below).

Graduate non-degree applicants can be admitted to CEAS provided they meet one of the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's or higher degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better in engineering, medicine, industrial hygiene, safety, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, educational psychology, human kinetics.
  • A bachelor's or higher degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better with evidence of at least one year of experience in ergonomics and/or occupational health and safety related area.


  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the UW System application. At the Reason for Applying screen, check Graduate Non-Degree.
  • Students wishing to obtain the Certificate in Ergonomics must declare their intentions by applying to the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department prior to completion of two of the seven required courses.

Admission as a non-degree graduate student to the College of Engineering and Applied Science does not constitute admission to a master's or a doctoral degree program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses

Students must complete the required 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better from the following group of courses:

I&ME 580 Ergonomics of Workplace, 3 cr.
I&ME 780 Advanced Ergonomics - Low Back Pain, 3 cr.
I&ME 783 Advanced Ergonomics - Upper Extremity, 3 cr.
I&ME 786 Issues In Ergonomics: Measurement and Statistics, 1 cr.
I&ME 787 Issues In Ergonomics: Epidemiology, 1 cr.
I&ME 788 Issues In Ergonomics: Legal/Regulatory, 1 cr.
I&ME 790 Design Project, 3 cr.
Articulation with Degree Programs

No more than 50% of the credits required for a certificate may count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements.

Time Limit and Program Completion

Students must complete all certificate courses within 3 years of initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

After completing the program requirements, a Certificate in Ergonomics will be awarded within four weeks after completing the requirements.

Page last updated on: 04/10/2015