What is the difference between a Master of Applied Science and a Master of Engineering?

Asked by Gunjan bhaskar almost 2 years ago

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Ajay Tewani

Ajay Tewani

Investment Analyst at IFC - World Bank Group | IIM Ahmedabad | CA | CFA Level III

From all of my research on degrees and programs, I have come to find that M.Eng and MASc are just different. Neither is more prestigious than the other, they just offer different qualities for preparation and are routes to different career paths. An M.Eng would be similar to a non-thesis Master, with a possibly more broad education base. The M.Eng is a path to the industry while since the MASc is more research oriented it provides a better path to a PhD and into academia.

Another point that matters is the combination of your degrees. For example, getting a MASc in Chem E after a BASc in Chem E is considered pointless (if this is to get to a PhD then just skip the MASc and go straight to the PhD program) since the education levels are not very different. In this case, an MASc in Chem E is actually targeted toward those with a non-engineering BS. On the other hand, one with a BS in Chem E (or EE or Mech E) could do a Masters in Biomedical eng and the difference in fields would allow for an expansion of their current knowledge into the field they want to join.

The difference truly depends on your goals and your background. Yet, I do want to make the point that prestige is not truly what matters. You need to choose your degree path by where you want your career and education to lead. What truly matters is that you get the education and develop the skills to acquire the job you desire. If you just care about the prestige, you will not end up where you want to be.

Why don't you tell me more about your profile and preferences? Maybe then I would be able to help you pick the right one suited for you. 


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