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M.S. Applied Engineering

Program Overview

Georgia Southern University’s Master of Science in Applied Engineering (MSAE) is designed to give students the hands-on experience they’ll need to be problem-solvers and leaders in consumer, commercial and industrial engineering fields.

Our applied engineering program works closely with area industry, helping them solve a wide range of engineering problems, and giving our students a real-world classroom in which to learn their skills. In addition, our students regularly join our world-class professors in leading-edge research in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

Students in our applied engineering program have several study options to choose from:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering concentration
  • Engineering Management concentration
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering and Manufacturing Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance

To learn more about our study options, visit the MSAE concentrations page.


Application Requirements

Regular Admission:

  • A Bachelor degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) on bachelor degree

Provisional Admission:

  • A student may be granted provisional admission if the undergraduate grade point average is higher than 2.75.
  • A recommendation by the Department of Manufacturing Engineering’s Graduate Program Director is necessary.

How to Apply


Q: What is the difference in requirements for thesis versus non-thesis?
A: A thesis is research that should “extend the art or science” and must be formally submitted to the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) for publication. The thesis is defended orally to a review committee at the candidate’s final comprehensive examination, which must be scheduled and announced formally through the COGS. Thesis must follow the COGS guidelines and we recommend the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing be used for the MSAE thesis.

Non-thesis candidates must complete an applied engineering research project and document their results following one of the common technical journal publication standards (ASME, IEEE, SME, etc). We recommend the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers as a source of writing technique. The project is also defended orally to a review committee at the candidate’s final comprehensive examination, but is not formally submitted to the COGS.

Q: I have a BA degree. Can I still apply for an MSAE?
A: Yes. There are BA undergraduates who have chosen to pursue their Master of Science in Applied Engineering. While it is required that you have a 4 year degree from an accredited College or University, you are not required to have a BS or BT.

Q: How long does it take to obtain a MSAE?
A: It depends on how many courses you take a semester. The typical course load for a full time graduate student is about 3 to 4 classes (9 to 12 credit hours) per semester. At this rate, it is possible to finish your degree in 3 to 4 semesters.

Q: Where is the campus located?
A: Georgia Southern is located in Statesboro, GA. about 45 minutes from Savannah and 3 hours from Atlanta.

Q: Do you offer online courses?
A: Yes. Online courses are available for the Master of Science in Applied Engineering and more are being added at this time.

Q: Where can I find costs and financial aid information?
A: The Bursar’s Office and the Financial Aid Office.

Q: Does Georgia Southern offer a doctorate degree in Applied Engineering?
A: No, not at this time.

Q: Who can I contact if I have more questions?
A: Please contact the program director. Please feel free to e-mail with questions about the Master of Science in Applied Engineering degree.

Q: Can I apply online?
A: Yes. Click here for the College of Graduate Studies.

Program Contact Information
Dr. Kamran Kardel

Graduate Program Director
Department of Manufacturing Engineering
PO Box 7991
Statesboro GA  30460

Last updated: 1/19/2021