Not all students are freshly minted high school graduates moving into their first dorm room. Georgia Tech engineers are diverse in background and resources, and CoE offers equally diverse opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The College offers several executive masters programs, allowing working professionals to increase their income potential while studying at a world-renowned university. Students may also pursue some degrees entirely online.

Professional Master’s Degree Programs

Through the Georgia Tech Professional Education department, working professionals have the opportunity to attain a Master’s of Science degree without having to stop working. Three programs are offered: Applied Systems Engineering, Manufacturing Leadership and Occupational Safety and Health.

Each degree includes ten courses in a hybrid approach that includes three one-week on-campus experiences, with the rest of the independent coursework completed online. After two years, students will be able to apply what they have learned to their careers and influence their own industry.

Online Master’s Degree Programs

Some students can’t uproot their lives to move to Atlanta, and CoE provides the opportunity to get a Master’s degree from one of the premier engineering institutions entirely online. Rigorous courses are equivalent to their on-campus counterparts, and students get access to CoE experts who are top in their field.

Georgia Tech offers ten of these degree options:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Analytics
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Physics
  • Operations Research

Which is Right for You?

What's the difference between a master of science vs. a professional mater's degree?

A master of science (MS) is a degree that emphasizes research and the in-depth study of the theory, history and methodologies of an academic field. MS students wish to contribute new knowledge or research to their field while strengthening their research and critical thinking skills. If you want to conduct research and become a producer of knowledge, gain in-depth expertise for solving new and complex problems, or you want to pursue a Ph.D. or career in academia, then this degree is right for you. For admission, you are required to take the GRE or GMAT, have a bachelor's degree, letters of reference, an essay and resume.

A professional master's (PM) is a degree that emphasizes knowledge and hands-on experience that can be used immediately in non-academic professions and careers. It's best for learners who are established in their profession and wish to strengthen their leadership and technical skills to advance their career. If you prefer an emphasis on experience over research, you want practical skills and knowledge that can be used immediately in your profession, and you wish to increase your marketability in your field, then this degree is right for you. You will need a bachelor's degree and at least five years work experience, letters of reference (including an employer), an essay and resume. GRE/GMAT is not required.