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Math bachelors to MechE masters?

  1. Jul 12, 2008 #1
    I've decided that I want to pursue mechanical (automotive) engineering as a career, but unfortunately my school (Emory) doesn't offer engineering. How educationally/vocationally feasible is it to major in math for undergrad, and then go onto a masters MechE program?
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  3. Jul 12, 2008 #2


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    I'd say it wasn't very feasible at all: whilst you may be able to learn some theory during your maths degree, you will have zero practical experience (which, i gather, is quite important for a mechanical engineer!) It would be way better for you to just go to a different university for undergrad so you can take mech eng.
  4. Jul 12, 2008 #3
    you'd be better off doing physics undergrad. Our mech program has a few people who did that
  5. Jul 12, 2008 #4
    Of course, that's not saying it's not possible. It's been done. You'll have a lot of catching up to do in graduate school. Physics is probably the better major for something like this.
  6. Jul 12, 2008 #5
    Transferring now would mean a total of at least 5 years spent on undergraduate education (I want to major in economics, too). We have a 3+2 program with Georgia Tech that gets me a liberal arts bachelors from Emory and an engineering bachelors from GT; however, that process takes a total of 5.5 years (it's actually 3+2.5). So I figure it would probably be more advantageous to end up with a masters in engineering after 6 (or maybe slightly more?) years, no?
  7. Jul 16, 2008 #6
    It is possible, but as others stated, it would be better for you to complete your undergrad in Physics. A coworker of mine completed his BA in Physics, then decided to go into Civil Engineering and completed a BS in it in just one year (there is a lot of overlap), and then went into Structural Engineering for his MS
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