Agricultural Engineering BSAE(Process Operations)/Agricultural Engineering MS(non-thesis)

The completion of a M.S. in Agricultural Engineering (non-thesis) enables the student to gain in-depth expertise through their coursework and master’s project. This gives students a competitive edge in seeking a public or private sector position and adds experience years for industry employment. Earning an M.S. has been shown to significantly improve starting salary and most importantly, 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 Dawg dual-degree program during the Fall and Spring Semester of their Junior Year in Engineering.

To be considered for the dual degree pathway the student must submit a UGA graduate application form and meet the following requirements:

1) Have an overall UGA GPA of 3.0.
2) Have completed all the necessary pre-requisites for their respective undergraduate degree programs required to enroll in Capstone Design I (AENG 4910, CVLE4910, ENVE4910 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.

Admission to the dual degree pathway does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

At the end of the student's senior year:
If both parties agree that this graduate program does not meet their needs, the student may choose not to continue in their fifth year of study.

Admission requirements for the graduate degree program.

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


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

Process Operations (Food Systems Engineering)

• BCHE 8150 Heterogeneous Reactor Design and Bio/Catalysis
• BIOE 8490 Advanced Biomaterials
• CVLE(MCHE)(LAND) 4660/6660 Sustainable Building Design
• CVLE(MCHE) 8160 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
• ELEE 4210/6210 Linear Systems
• ELEE 4220/6220 Feedback Control Systems
• ELEE 4230/6230 Sensors & Transducers
• ELEE 4235/6235 Industrial Control Systems
• ELEE 4240/6240 Introduction to Microcontrollers
• ELEE 4250/6250 Advanced Microcontrollers
• ELEE 4540/6540 Applied Machine Vision
• ELEE 8240 Instrumentation Programming
• ENGR 4350/6350 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
• ENGR 4490/6490 Renewable Energy Engineering
• ENGR 6910 Foundations for Engineering Research
• ENGR 8103 Computational Engineering
• ENGR 8180 Advanced Mass Transfer
• ENGR 8930 Optimization Theory & Engineering Applications
• FDST 4050&L/6050&L Food Engineering Fundamentals I
• FDST 4060&L/6060&L Food Engineering Fundamentals II
• FORS 6530 Wood Properties & Utilization
• HORT(CRSS) 4430/6430 Plant Physiology
• MCHE 4650/6650 HVAC Systems for Buildings and Industry
• MCHE 8170 Advanced Heat Transfer
• POUL(FDST) 4860/6860-4860L/6860L Poultry Processing
• STAT 6315 Statistical Methods for Researchers

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

The requirements of the B.S. in Agricultural Engineering and the M.S. in Agricultural Engineering (non-thesis) must both be met. The requirements of the M.S. in Agricultural Engineering (non-thesis) may be found at the College of Engineering or School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural & Mechanical Engineering websites.


Dual Counting Courses for BSAE and MSAE:
In this program up to a maximum of 12 credit hours may be applied to both the BSAE and MSAE degree. In the BSAE degree program these 12 credit hours may be acquired from a combination of either the Required or Elective courses within each 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.

Students must declare an Area of Emphasis and complete seven (7) Required Courses (21 credit hours).

Students must choose a total of 7 Elective Courses (19 credit hours). All electives in Year Five must be graduate level electives.

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.

All students in the BSAE program are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam prior to graduation with their BSAE degree

Curriculum for M.S. (non-thesis)

The M.S. in Agricultural Engineering with a non-thesis option requires a minimum of 33 semester hours in the Program of Study, which consists of:

1. Core Coursework (16 hours):

Students are required to select 15 hours from an area of emphasis to achieve a focus in their studies

ENGR 8950 Graduate Seminar (1 hour) *

2. Elective Coursework (14 hours)

Students will work with a graduate advisor to select the most appropriate specialty area and coursework to ensure breadth of understanding as well as mastery of knowledge in a specific subject area. In the MS Thesis option all coursework is selected consistent with specific degree and emphasis area requirements in coordination with the Student’s Faculty Advisor and approved by the student’s Advisory Committee on the Program of Study.

3. Project Report (3 hours)
ENGR 7010, Project-Focused Masters Research
A minimum of 15 hours of coursework must be in ECAM Engineering courses

* Only 1 hour of Graduate Seminar may apply on the program of study. Students are strongly encouraged to continue regular attendance at speaker series presentations even if not formally registered in the seminar.

Admission to Graduate Program

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

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.

Admission to Graduate Program
• Online Graduate School Application
• Resume
• Statement of Purpose (professional interest and career goals in ECAM)
• Transcripts
• 3 Letters of Recommendation, including the Letter of Support from the faculty advisor who will mentor the student in their master’s project

Program Advisor

  • Name: Ramaraja Ramasamy
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-41013
  • Address: Riverbend Research Center South, Room 174

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Agricultural Engineering B.S.A.E.
  • Department/College: Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical Engineering

Advising Contact

  • Name: Dagmar Nelson
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-9658
  • Address: 1150 Driftmier Engineering Center

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Agricultural Engineering M.S.
  • Department/College: Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical Engineering

Advising Contact

  • Name: Margaret Sapp
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-7503
  • Address: 127 Coverdell