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M.S. Applied Engineering

Program Overview

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

Our applied engineering degree program works closely with area industries, 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 conduct cutting-edge research with our world-class professors 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
  • Thesis or Non-thesis tracks

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

Application Requirements

Regular Admission:

  • a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college or university
  • with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale)

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.”  You must formally submit your thesis to the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) for publication. You will defend your thesis orally to a review committee at a final comprehensive examination, which will be scheduled and announced formally through the COGS. The thesis must follow the COGS guidelines — 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.  You will defend the project orally to a review committee at your final comprehensive examination, but you don’t have to formally submit it to 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 MSAE. While we require 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 three to four classes (9 to 12 credit hours) per semester. At this rate, it is possible to finish your degree in three to four 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 MSAE.

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.  We are in the exploratory phase of offering doctoral degrees in engineering and computing.

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 MSAE degree program.

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: 6/23/2021