Masters of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Masters of Biological and Agricultural EngineeringThe Masters of Biological and Agricultural Engineering online degree is a distance education master’s degree focused toward environmental engineering. Designed for the working professional, the flexible 30-hour degree program has no advisory committee, no final exam and no seminar requirement. The plan of work requires 3 hours of advanced math and statistics.

Please see the BAE graduate manual for additional details.

Time to Complete

Normally, students in the MBAE program are self-supported. Since self supported students may take as many as 12 hours of coursework per semester, the MBAE can be completed in as little as three semesters. Students may take only one course per semester and the time limit to finish the degree is 6 years. Students should stay continuously enrolled in the fall and spring semesters once they begin the program.

Masters of Biological and Agricultural Engineering Admission Requirements

The graduate catalog outlines basic requirements for admission. For admission to full graduate student status in any degree program, the Department requires an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 based on a 4.0 scale coupled with a 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate major, provided that the major is in an accredited engineering program.

Applicants not meeting the requirements for full admission are sometimes granted provisional admission to make up for academic deficiencies. Please see the Masters of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (MBAE) graduate manual for more information regarding those requirements. The general requirements for admission to provisional status are established by the Graduate School.

Students not possessing degrees from accredited engineering programs are required to submit GRE scores in Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing. The GRE scores are used to predict the potential for the applicant to successfully complete advanced engineering work.

MBAE Admission without a B.S. in Engineering

Because our graduate degrees are engineering degrees, we normally require an undergraduate engineering degree for admission to those programs. However, we do make allowance for admission for non-engineers with the provision that they acquire sufficient engineering fundamentals to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

A strong science and math background is necessary before attempting the fundamental engineering courses.  The equivalent of two semesters of engineering physics and four semesters of mathematics through differential equations is required. The fundamental engineering content is represented by the following NCSU courses but can be met with similar courses from other engineering programs.

  1. Engineering Statics — MAE 206 or CE 214
  2. Engineering Dynamics — MAE 208 or CE 215
  3. Solid Mechanics — MAE 214 or CE 313
  4. One of the following courses, depending upon interest area:
    • Fluid Mechanics — MAE 308 or CE 382
    • Thermodynamics — MAE 201

Applicants with B.S. degrees from non-engineering or non-accredited programs who possess undergraduate GPAs greater than 3.5 may be admitted to provisional status while taking, at a minimum, the four remedial engineering courses listed above. The decision to admit provisionally rests with the BAE Graduate Studies Committee.

Non-engineering applicants and applicants who hold B.S. degrees from non-accredited programs who do not have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 will generally not be considered for provisional status until the applicant completes some or all of the remedial coursework in Post-Baccalaureate Status (PBS) or at another institution.

Applicants in either category interested in the Masters of Biological and Agricultural Engineering should contact the Director of Graduate Programs prior to submitting an application.

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