What is the difference between Masters of Science and Engineering?

Asked by Manoj Soni over 2 years ago

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Ajay Kaparwan

Ajay Kaparwan

Founder & CEO at Blackcoffe

The difference in masters of science and engineering is not quite as one would suppose.The major difference in these two programs can be put as the approach of learning. See, masters degrees are meant to provide necessary knowledge and skills so that you can start your professional career. However it does not specify a common path or say process. Even the electives in a masters of science at different intuttes present a difference. So it actually varies.

A master of science is more of a research focused program. So if you are really up to it you will find more options after your completion of a MS program. MS is more interlinked with other secrets. On the other hand, a master of engineering is a  more coursework focused program. The difference can be easily seen in the curriculum and projects of both master programs. Being a coursework focused program, a master in engineering can avail more subjects for you to take outside of the department.

One of the major differences is that you will need an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree to enter a master of engineering program. Even for combined MS engineering degrees, students are asked to meet specific requirements. While going through different masters courses, you must have come across STEM degrees, right? Just like STEM requires specific subjects, a master in engineering will need an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree.

One last thing, you can actually finish our master of engineering in two semesters i.e. less than 12 months. The courses are designed to offer all necessary elements throughout the course. Whereas, a master of science generally asks for 3-4semesters to finish. The reason being your selection of electives after the first year. Both types of graduate degree are recognized on somewhat equal level though.


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