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Masters in Engineering with BA in math

  1. May 4, 2009 #1
    Whats up guys.
    I have a BA in mathematics and want to get a master's in Civil or Nuclear Engineering. I have not taken any Calc. based physics nor chemistry; I have also not taken any engineering courses.

    Question: How long will it take me to get a Master's in engineering. Any suggestions and personal accounts from those who have made similar jumps would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    If you read this thread, you must respond. Nonnegotiable. Final. End of discussion. : )
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  3. May 4, 2009 #2


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    I would off the top of my head say three years...at least. Unfortunately much of engineering is built off the previous class, so it does not lend itself well to simply taking a bunch of credit hours. You should have no problem with the chemistry or physics, but it very well may take a while to get the degree.

    Do you plan on doing class only or thesis option? If you can get funded and do a thesis option, it may (or may not) reduce time required.
  4. May 4, 2009 #3
    For a MS in civil, I would say 3-4 years. For a MS in nuclear, probably around 4-5.
  5. May 5, 2009 #4
    It took me 12 months to get a masters in nuclear engineering, starting with a BA in physics. Recognizing that physics is 'closer' to an engineering backround than mathematics, I would think it would take you longer than it took me. The math involved is not really very sophisticated, so I'm not sure a math degree helps too much. Maybe 'sophisticated' is the wrong word here. I'm thinking there is not alot of galois theory or such.

    You said "either civil or nuclear." If you're in a hurry, pick the one you like better. They are really quite different.

    Sorry if this doesn't help much, but I was compelled to reply ;)
  6. May 5, 2009 #5


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    It takes people with accredited engineering degrees at least 2 years to get their masters. I would say, with the number of undergrad catch-up classes you;d have to take, you're looking at 4 years. Then again, I don't know how much you want to torture yourself by loading up your schedule. Grad classes take a lot of time out of your week. You would be hard pressed to beat 4 years.
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    That's insane: how many courses/semester credits did you take in those 12 months?
  8. Nov 17, 2009 #7
    Please elaborate, how you you possibly have done that, not even having a B.S.?
  9. Nov 17, 2009 #8
    Awww man I just replied to a 6 month old thread.
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    That's not too bad. If it were a year old (or older) thread that would be a different story (people do resurrect threads that old).
  11. Nov 18, 2009 #10
    The important thing is to learn how to study (so that you can continue your education throughout life). I'm not sure if there's a meaningful difference between a BA and a BS degree, as far as the curriculum goes. Classical mechanics, EM, fluids, relativity, quantum, more classical mechanics... calculus, more calculus, diff eq, linear algebra, real analysis, complex analysis, more calculus & complex analysis...

    ps - I think it's OK to revive old threads. Otherwise, why keep them around?
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