Graduate Handbook: Master's Degree Programs



Degree Requirements:

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)

Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (M.S.N.E.)

Master of Science in Medical Physics (M.S.M.P.)

Master of Science in Bioengineering (M.S.BIOE.)

Master of Science in Paper Science and Engineering (M.S.P.S.E.)

Master of Science (M.S. - Undesignated)


To obtain the M.S.M.E., M.S.N.E., M.S.M.P., BIOE, M.S.P.S.E., or M.S. degree, you must complete an approved program of study for the designated degree. If you wish to pursue interdisciplinary areas with substantial course work outside the Woodruff School, then the undesignated M.S. degree is your goal and you should submit the relevant program of study. You are encouraged to consult with your advisor about the program of study most advantageous to your chosen career. Additionally, we encourage you to examine the Georgia Tech Catalog, the many Woodruff School publications, and our web sites to appreciate the myriad opportunities available. You may also use the resources of other schools at Georgia Tech to design your program of study.

You should plan your activities to complete the Master's degree program in one to two years or four to six semesters of full-time study. All course work is elective, but is subject to the requirements for breadth, depth, and level. There are no language requirements for any graduate degree.


Develop a Program of Study - Mandatory for all Master's Students

A Proposed Master's Program of Study form must be submitted for approval during your first semester of study at the Woodruff School. 

In preparing your program of study, be aware that graduate courses are usually offered only once a year and, in some cases, less frequently (see Appendix A). Submit your program of study electronically.  It will be routed to your advisor for approval and then to the Office of Student Services for final approval.  You will be provided e-mails and links to monitor the approval process. If the program of study is not approved, the reasons will be noted.

Any deviation from your proposed program of study should be approved in advance of taking the new course work by submitting a revised program of study. These revisions may be submitted at any time, except the semester in which you are graduating.  Revisions during the semester in which you are graduating must be made on or before the first day of classes.  This will allow time for the review and approval process prior to the close of registration for classes.

To initiate your MSME Program of Study submission, please go to the following link and follow the online instructions:

If you note any problems with this automated process, please notify the Office of Student Services at (404) 894-3204 or send an email to .

Guidelines for Registration

Grades and Credit Hours

Special Problem Courses

Transfer Credits

Petition to the Faculty

Apply to Graduate

Orientation Video for Distance Learning Students


Master's Thesis Process - Mandatory for Master's Thesis Students

Woodruff School Graduate Committee

The Woodruff School Graduate Committee is the academic faculty committee that oversees the operation of the Woodruff School's graduate programs. The committee has responsibility for all graduate-level degree requirements, approval of new courses, and approval of thesis reading committees. The committee typically meets once a month.

Checklist for the Master's Degree

How to Find/Change a Faculty Advisor

Writing Your Master's Thesis

The M.S. Thesis Process and Presentation

Submitting Your Thesis


The Georgia Tech Graduate Office establishes deadlines for the submission of theses. These deadlines are strictly enforced and failure to meet all the deadlines might jeopardize your graduation plans