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Old 11-20-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Default Engineering: MS vs ME

I'm currently pursuing an ME (Master's of Engineering) degree. This is termed the professional Master's where I'm at. I opted out of the MS because I couldn't get funded for research and research was kind of hard to come by anyway. I figured if I had to pay for this myself then I wasn't going to put myself through hell doing research and writing a thesis.

I was just curious if anyone else has a similar degree to the ME and how it is looked at in industry? Is it comparable to an MS for most jobs? Every job posting I see says Bachelor's required, MS preferred. I never see anything about an ME. A couple of my professors who have worked in industry said that a Master's is a Master's and it's all the same.

The official degree that I will get is a Master's of Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Your profs are right. I'm doing a double non-thesis (NUCL and AAE) at a tier-1 (or close at least) and we don't have a distinction between MS and ME. It's just a "non-thesis" MS. I'd just put MS on your resume and be prepared to explain your choice of non-thesis route.

Unless they're a national laboratory or a company big into egghead R&D (and most aren't) most employers are going to be fine with getting a MS who's not all wrapped up in the world of published research. MS research can sometimes be off-putting to a company that wants you to work on something different from your thesis topic.

My impression is that the thesis route is highly geared toward going for a PhD and teaching/research.

I'm not sure if writing a thesis is worse than the extra classwork (6 hours or so here) that you have to do, instead. Because I'm a masochist, I'm doing some research work as well, and it's lower-pressure than the advanced coursework. Then again, I don't have to formally defend it, which I imagine would be kind of nerve-wracking.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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That's pretty much what I figured but I was just curious to see what other peoples opinions were. What's your major if you don't mind me asking
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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Nuclear Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. I like easy topics.
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Ahhhh...its a piece of cake right. Not like Its rocket science or anything
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