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MS in Engineering versus MS in Physics

  1. Oct 14, 2009 #1
    Hey guys, I've been pondering my future lately and would like to hear what you guys have to say regarding a few questions. First a little about me...

    Currently I'm a Mechanical Engineering and Math double major at the University of Washington (Seattle) beginning my third year. In particular I like the subject matter of dynamics and thermodynamics a lot, and as far as math is concerned, I like real analysis and differential equations. This year I'm on an academic exchange in Germany, studying numerical analysis among other things.

    Now for the questions...

    1. In general, what are the differences between graduate study in engineering versus physics?
    2. How are the two degrees perceived (by industry and by academia), and what can I do with an MS in Engineering versus one in Physics?
    3. How difficult would a transition to Physics be for a masters from engineering (or alternatively for a PhD after an MS in Engineering)?
    4. Are there any discrepancies in the amount of math that physics grads and engineering grads study?

    Thank you for your time.


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