Agricultural Engineering BSAE(Mechanical 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


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.

Mechanical Emphasis (Bio-Mechanical Interfacial Engineering):

BIOE 6720 Human Factors & Ergonomics in Biomedical Device Design
BIOE 6740 Biomaterials
ENGR 6350 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
CVLE(MCHE) 8160 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
CVLE(MCHE) 8350 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
CVLE(MCHE) 8640 Advanced Strength of Materials
CVLE(MCHE)(LAND) 6660 Sustainable Building Design
ELEE 6210 Linear Systems
ELEE 6220 Feedback Control Systems
ELEE 6230 Sensors & Transducers
ELEE 6235 Industrial Control Systems
ELEE 6250 Advanced Microcontrollers
ELEE 6540 Applied Machine Vision
ELEE 8240 Instrumentation Programming
ENGR 6490 Renewable Energy Engineering
ENGR 6910 Foundations for Engineering Research
ENGR 8103 Computational Engineering
ENGR 8220 Microfluidic Transport Phenomena
ENGR 8930 Optimization Theory & Engineering Applications
ENVE 6250 Energy Systems & the Environment
ENVE 6530 Energy & Environmental Policy Analysis
ENVE 6550 Environmental Life Cycle Analysis
MCHE 6390 Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
MCHE 6430 Introduction to Tribology
MCHE 6500 Advanced Thermal Fluid Systems
MCHE 6590 Fluid Mechanics II
MCHE 6650 HVAC Systems for Buildings and Industry
MCHE 8170 Advanced Heat Transfer
MCHE 8250 Combustion Science
MCHE 8380 Continuum Mechanics
MCHE 8850 Gas Dynamics
MCHE 8710 Engr. Prop. of Biological Materials

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.

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

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 only to 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).

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.

Students are required to enroll in 9 credit hours of ENGR 7000 MS 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.

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

Undergraduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

  • Name: Crystal West
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-4170
  • Address: 1261 Driftmier Engineering Center

Graduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

  • Name: Ann Marie Hormeku
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-1653
  • Address: 132 Coverdell Center