MS Engineering

The M.S. in Engineering degree provides students with a rigorous, adaptive curriculum and research environment that prepares them to integrate discoveries from multiple fields and address multi-scale problems beyond the bounds of traditional engineering disciplines. It provides the opportunity for both disciplinary depth through specific areas of emphasis as well as broad training in science and engineering that leverages that depth, oriented to solving complex problems that transcend specialized engineering disciplines or fields.


Program of Study

Requirements for the M.S. in Engineering and all named disciplinary M.S. degree programs in the College of Engineering require a minimum of 33 semester hours in the student’s Program of Study, which consists of:

  • A minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework, which must include
    • 23 hours of graduate-level coursework, 12 of which must be from UGA courses open only to graduate students and exclusive of thesis (7300) and research (7000, 7010).
    • 1 hour of Graduate Seminar **
  • A minimum of 6 hours of master’s research (7000) or project-based research (7010). A typical student’s research hours will exceed this minimum; however, at most 6 hours of 7000/7010 may be listed on the Program of Study.
  • 3 hours of thesis (7300)

*Discipline-specific M.S. and Emphasis Area programs will require completion of a set of specific courses detailed by each program. These courses may increase the total number of semester hours required for program completion.

** Only 1 hour of Graduate Seminar may apply on the Program of Study. Individual Programs or Schools may require students to enroll for additional semesters. (ECAM and ECE students register ENGR 8950; CMB students register BCHE 8970.) Students are strongly encouraged to continue regular attendance of speaker series presentations even if not formally registered in the seminar.

All coursework is selected in coordination with the Student’s Faculty Advisor and approved by the student’s Advisory Committee on the Program of Study. To receive the M.S. degree, each student is required to present a satisfactory research proposal approved by the student’s advisory committee and the graduate coordinator and pass a final examination and defense of the research thesis.

Completion of the M.S. requirements for all programs in the College of Engineering fulfill all requirements of the University of Georgia Graduate School. No grade below C will be accepted in the program of study. To be eligible for graduation, a student must maintain a 3.0 (B) average on the graduate transcript and a 3.0 (B) average in the program of study.

Areas of Emphasis

The College of Engineering offers emphasis areas that enable students to focus their masters study to achieve greater disciplinary depth in support of their thesis research and career goals. Emphasis areas are indicated on the final transcript.

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