Agricultural Engineering BSAE(Structural Systems)/Agricultural Engineering MS

The completion of a thesis M.S. in Engineering enables the student to gain in-depth expertise through their research and supporting coursework that can launch them into a Ph.D. and accelerate their doctoral work or give them a competitive edge and add experience years for industry employment. Earning an M.S. has been shown to significantly improve total earning potential over the length of a career verses a B.S. alone.

Admission to Program

Students will be allowed to apply to the Double Dawgs Dual Degree program during the spring semester of their junior year in Engineering.

To be considered for this dual degree pathway, the student must complete a College of Engineering Pathway Application (PDF) and meet the following requirements:

1) Have an overall UGA GPA of 3.0.
2) Have completed all the necessary prerequisites for their respective undergraduate degree programs required to enroll in Capstone Design I (CVLE 4910, ENGR 4910, ENVE 4910 or MCHE4910) during fall semester of their senior year.
3) Submit an essay indicating their research interests and career goals within an ECAM degree program.
4) Provide a letter of support from a faculty member within the School of ECAM indicating that the faculty member will serve as the student’s mentor during the next academic year (senior year in Engineering). In this role, the faculty member will commit their time to helping the student start their graduate program and give them advice on potential coursework, research advisors, and research projects. By agreeing to serve as the student’s mentor, the faculty member does not guarantee funding for the student or continued advisement during their fifth year in the program.

During their Senior Year:
5) Students will be required to work in the faculty mentor’s laboratory to gain experience and potentially begin their research program.
6) Students can, but are not required to, participate in the UGA CURO program as part of their research experience.
7) Student will apply for Admission to the Graduate Program.

What Students Need to Apply:
• College of Engineering Pathway Application (PDF)
• Resume
• Statement of Purpose (research interest and career goals in ECAM)
• Unofficial Transcripts
• Letter of Support from Faculty Member Mentor

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

The graduate courses that will satisfy the M.S. in Agricultural Engineering must be chosen to also satisfy the undergraduate B.S.A.E. program technical elective requirements. The currently published courses that would achieve this are listed below. Students will work with their faculty advisor to select the most appropriate coursework.

Structural Systems (Production and Postharvest Facilities Engineering):

ENGR 6350 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
CVLE 6330 Advanced Structural Analysis
CVLE 6470 Pavement Design
CVLE(MCHE) 8350 Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis
CVLE 8410 Inelastic Behavior of Asphalt
CVLE 8420 Geo-Mechanics
CVLE 8460 Soil Improvement
CVLE/MCHE 8640 Advanced Strength of Materials
CVLE 8510 Advanced Concrete Materials
CVLE 8550 Design of Pre-stressed Concrete Structures
ELEE 6230 Sensors & Transducers
ELEE 6235 Industrial Control Systems
ELEE 8240 Instrumentation Programming
ENGR 6490 Renewable Energy Engineering
CVLE(MCHE)(LAND) 6660 Sustainable Building Design
ENGR 6910 Foundations for Engineering Research
ENGR 8103 Computational Engineering
ENGR 8930 Optimization Theory & Engineering Applications
MCHE 6650 HVAC Systems for Buildings and Industry
MCHE 8380 Continuum Mechanics
ENVE 6470 Environmental Engineering Unit Operations
ENVE 6435 Natural Resources Engineering
STAT 6315 Statistical Methods for Researchers

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Dual Counting Courses for B.S.A.E. and M.S.A.E.:

Up to a maximum of 12 credit hours may be applied to both the B.S.A.E. and M.S.A.E. degrees. In the B.S.A.E. degree program, these 12 credit hours may be acquired from a combination of either the Required or Elective courses within each B.S.A.E. Area of Emphasis. The dual counting courses must have a course number of 6XXX or greater to be able to be used to satisfy requirements for a graduate degree program of study. Because these dual counting courses come from both the required and elective list of courses within the curriculum, it is very important that the student and faculty mentor plan out the dual counting courses prior to the start of Year Four of the curriculum.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS
Students must declare an Area of Emphasis for the B.S.A.E. and complete seven (7) Required Courses (21 credit hours).

ENGINEERING ELECTIVES
Students must choose a total of 7 Elective Courses (19 credit hours) for the B.S.A.E. All electives in Year Five must be graduate-level electives and satisfy M.S.A.E. requirements. This includes at least 12 credits from UGA courses open to only graduate students. The 12 hours may not be satisfied by transfer credit, Master’s research (7000), Masters’ project-based research (7010), or thesis writing (7300).

RECOMMENDATIONS:
It is recommended that during year four of their curriculum that the student take the 6000-level components of the included 4000/6000-level courses.

SUMMER SESSION BETWEEN YEARS FOUR AND FIVE:
Students are required to enroll in 9 credit hours of ENGR 7000 M.S. Research during the summer session between Years Four and Five in order to accelerate their research. Total research hours accumulated during the M.S. typically exceed the minimum required.

REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS:
All students in the B.S.A.E. program are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam prior to graduation with their B.S.A.E. degree.

Admission to Graduate Program

The student must apply and be admitted to the UGA graduate school. Their performance during their fourth year and any relevant testing (GRE, TOEFL) will be considered.

• Online Graduate School Application
• Resume
• Statement of Purpose (research interest and career goals)
• Transcripts
• 3 Letters of Recommendation, including the Letter of Support from the faculty advisor who will mentor the student in Master’s Thesis Research

Program Advisor

  • Name: Ramaraja Ramasamy
  • Email: rama@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4101
  • Address: Riverbend Research Center South, Room 174

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Agricultural Engineering B.S.A.E.
  • Department/College: College of Engineering

Advising Contact

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Agricultural Engineering M.S.
  • Department/College: College of Engineering

Advising Contact

  • Name: Margaret Sapp
  • Email: mjsapp@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-7503
  • Address: 127 Coverdell