M.S. Applied Engineering

Program Overview

Georgia Southern’s Master of Science in Applied Engineering (MSAE) degree prepares individuals for career advancement in consumer, commercial and industrial technology fields. The program is structured to meet business’ need for engineering managers and individual contributors who possess leadership skills along with applications experience in a specialized field.

Growth of the global society and rapid technical advancements demand exceptional professionals. The MSAE program at Georgia Southern University provides a flexible array of study options.

Our Master of Science in Applied Engineering study options enable students to design a program of study that meets their individual and professional career goals. Program graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions that contribute to quality, productivity, and competitiveness for their employers.

Why Applied Engineering?

Applied Engineering is one of the fastest-growing career fields in the world today. Technical skills are essential in all industries, not just high-tech companies. The demand for applications oriented engineering managers and professionals has grown so rapidly that it far exceeds the number of university graduates who have the necessary education and hands-on applications skills.

The need is rising for technically competent individuals who can provide appropriate solutions. Technology affects nearly every business and industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering and engineering management will grow 11% from 2006-2016.

Growth and development bring a multitude of highly needed skills to competing businesses such as:

  • 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 GSU integrates practical hands-on skills and operational training with the interdisciplinary and conceptual understanding necessary to cope with an ever-changing landscape of tools and technologies, positioning graduates as strategic leaders within the new economy.

Student Learning Outcomes
The followings are the student learning outcomes (SLO) that MSAE students are expected to possess upon graduation.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.

Course Schedule

MSAE Brochure

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
  • A score of no less than 150(170 scale) on the Verbal section and 144(170 scale) on the Quantitative or Analytical section of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Provisional Admission:

  • If the undergraduate grade point average is higher than 2.75, A student may be granted provisional admission with a minimum of 146(170 scale) on the Verbal section and 141(170 scale) on the Quantitative or Analytical section of the GRE. A recommendation by the College of Engineering and Information Technology MSAE Program Director is necessary.

How to Apply

Study Options

MSAE with Electrical & Electronic Systems Concentration

Moore’s Law continues apace, turning one generation’s dream into another’s reality. Global video conferencing on heads up displays, autonomous nanobots aiding search & rescue, solar cells connected to smart power grids, intelligent sensors feeding cloud computers. Electrical and electronic systems are everywhere and invisible, unobtrusively improving and even extending our lives. Our EE Systems graduates will create things yet to be dreamed.

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MSAE with Energy Science Concentration

Energy Science research and development is one of the highest priority initiatives in the global economic and political arena. The Renewable Energy and Engines Laboratory, directed by the Allen E. Paulson Endowed Chair of Renewable Energy, provides an exceptional opportunity to prepare oneself to pursue this cutting edge career. The laboratory leads the effort to develop alternative fuels for internal combustion engines in partnership with Georgia’s global vehicle producers and agricultural organizations.

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MSAE with Engineering Management Concentration

The engineering workforce fills the present and future needs of our society through the development and introduction of new products. Entrepreneurs and managers have a momentous responsibility and a crucial mission within this process. Georgia Southern’s MSAE program emphasis on collective and critical thinking in the Engineering Management concentration encourages an open mind to innovation.

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MSAE with Information Technology Concentration

Information Technology professionals plan and coordinate activities such as the installation and upgrading of hardware and software; programming and systems design; the development of computer networks; and the implementation of Internet and intranet sites. They analyze the computer and information needs of their organization and determine personnel and equipment requirements. Georgia Southern’s MSAE with Information Technology concentration reflects as much flexibility as the ever changing IT industry itself.

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MSAE with Mechatronics Concentration

The marvelous integration of mechanical and electronic functions in modern products continues apace and accelerate without limit. Access to exponential computing power, innovative sensing technologies and robust new materials enables mechatronics professionals to explore the boundaries of inner and outer space, spanning nanometers to light years. The application oriented approach of Georgia Southern’s MSAE with Mechatronics concentration places a premium on state of the art results.

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Graduate Certificate in Engineering & Manufacturing Management

Engineering & Manufacturing Managers coordinate the entire range of production factors, adapting scientific and practical approaches in order to create favorable conditions for the profitable development of the country`s industrial activities. Georgia Southern’s graduate certificate in Engineering & Manufacturing Management provides a scientific and rational approach to the relevant issues with courses in management and various technological arenas.

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Graduate Certificate in Occupational Safety & Environmental Compliance

Occupational Safety experts assess exposure to, evaluate the consequences of, and institute techniques for control of occupational hazards. Environmental Compliance experts perform and maintain industrial hygiene, safety engineering, environmental sanitation, fire protection and/or radiological health. Georgia Southern’s graduate certificate in Occupational Safety & Environmental Compliance helps students explore solutions to a variety of current issues.

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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

College of Engineering and Information Technology • P.O. Box 7995 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-7412