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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 our MSAE concentrations page. To learn more about our applied engineering degree and courses, explore our program brochure.


Why Applied Engineering?

Applied Engineers are problem-solvers, and their technical expertise and leadership skills are essential in all industries. The need is rising for technically competent engineers who can provide solutions to a wide range of businesses and applications, and businesses are paying applied engineers an average salary between $70,000 and $90,000 per year.

As an applied engineer, you can use your skills in a variety of industries, including:

  • Product development
  • Software development and support
  • Research and Development
  • Quality assurance
  • Computer integrated manufacturing
  • Telecommunications and wireless systems development
  • Test engineering
  • Technical documentation
  • Applications engineering
  • Field engineering/service
  • Technical sales/marketing
  • Project management in product and/or service industries
  • Development projects in industry or government
  • Organizational change
  • Industrial safety
  • Management information systems
  • Hazardous waste management

The MSAE program at Georgia Southern integrates practical hands-on skills and operational training with the interdisciplinary and conceptual understanding needed to solve problems in an ever-changing landscape of tools and technologies — positioning our graduates to be strategic leaders in the new economy.

Student Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing your Master of Science in Applied Engineering from Georgia Southern University, you are expected to show proficiency in the following student learning outcome (SLO) areas:

Student Learning Outcome #1:
  • The Master of Science in Applied Engineering (MSAE) program will emphasize the individually motivated and expertly executed research activity which addressed a timely and intellectually challenging engineering issue. Graduates of the MSAE program will demonstrate the ability to formulate a research topic as a hypothesis, a demonstration of or extension to an existing theory or practice.

Student Learning Outcome #2:

    Graduates of the MSAE program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify the accepted set, or invent a new set of assessment criteria regarding the research topic; and
  • Develop metrics appropriate to differentiate alternative theories or practices per the assessment criteria.

Student Learning Outcome #3:

    Graduates of the MSAE program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Design and execute experiments to test the chosen research topic and measure results; and
  • Document and interpret experimental results, compare results versus assessment criteria and established alternatives; and
  • Generate a conclusion regarding the research in relation to the criteria and plan extensions or changes to enhance results or address limitations.

Student Learning Outcome #4:

    Graduates of the MSAE program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Present research in the written form prescribed by the university or recognized professional organization; and
  • Orally present research activity results to academic and/or professional peers and other experts.

The outcomes are associated with Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives in the cognitive domain and best identify with the MSAE mission to educate research scholars capable of extending the knowledge foundation in the application of engineering to future social and economic problems.

Application Requirements

Regular Admission:

  • A Bachelor degree in Engineering, Information Technology, or a scientific discipline 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 College of Engineering and Information Technology MSAE 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
MSAE Program Coordinator
Phone: (912) 478-7412

Last updated: 3/1/2019