Experiential-Track (Project-Based) MS Program

The Master of Science (MS) Project-Based Program provides a path for obtaining a master's degree with a strong emphasis on pursuing higher education in specific areas and developing the skills to apply the concepts learned in class to solve complex, real-world engineering problems. Students undertake tailored coursework while actively participating in an experiential learning project. The project will showcase their ability to apply theoretical principles to tangible challenges within their respective disciplines. The average length to degree for this program is 1 - 2 years.

Skills Developed

Professional Development

Provide students with opportunities to work with industry partners, giving them valuable networking opportunities, exposure to different career paths, and experience working in multidisciplinary teams.

Personalized Learning

Students in this program will have the opportunity to work with faculty advisors to tailor their learning experience to their specific interests and goals, allowing them to gain expertise in areas that are most relevant to their career aspirations.

Practical Skills

Students develop practical skills that are directly applicable to real-world engineering challenges.

Experiential Project Options

Points of Pride

Students may enroll in the graduate-level design-build course, and complete a team project over the span of 2 consecutive semesters. 


Points of Pride

Students may define and complete a research experience directly under the supervision of their MAE faculty advisor. This is typically a one-semester research experience. 

Points of Pride

Students may complete a full-time internship outside of the University in an engineering-related field of application, for the duration of one academic period (e.g., Summer period). Students may seek support from their faculty advisor, Engineering Career Services or Graduate Education resources at COE for finding internship opportunities.


Career Outcomes 

The experiential-track MS program leads to diverse and in-demand career prospects in various industries including, but not limited to: 

  • American Honda Motor Company, Inc
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Capital One
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • MIT Lincoln Labs
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Raytheon
  • READY Robotics
  • Robins Air Force Base
  • The Ohio State University
  • United States Air Force
  • XALT Energy