I am a junior getting a BS in physics, and am considering an MS in mechanical engineering. the physics degree is a straight physics degree, not engineering physics. I know other have done this, how hard is it, and how many post bacc courses will I have to take. and is there anything I could do to mitigate the number I need to take. Ive been getting mixed messages from my department on this. on one extreme I have someone saying I can jump right from physics to engineering, and on the other hand I have someone telling me I need to take 2-4 semesters of post bacc work in an attempt to fully mimic a BS in engineering, (down to the basic chem courses needed),I understand the need for the engineering design courses and what not but do I really need to mimic a BS in ME course for course (as one adviser is telling me) to get an MS in it? also 2 semesters isnt terrible. but at this rate if I have to take 4 (full) semesters worth of work should I just get a BS in ME? Also since im going to be applying as a non standard student for an MS degree, any advice for getting accepted into a program? any advice for paying for post bacc? and finally if I want to pursue a career in engineering, what kind of career experience could I get over the next couple of years both during my current undergrad (research maybe) post bacc period (by then I would be thinking internship or job) that might help me get a job after my masters? EDIT: I was lookming at government fellowships which requiere a 1 to 1 service for tuition benefit system (1yr of civilian service/year of tuition paid) would they pay for post bacc?