Degrees and Entry Requirements
Degrees and Entry Requirements
Auburn offers 25 graduate programs through the Master’s Accelerator Program in engineering, education, mathematics, and liberal arts. Qualifying undergraduate majors are listed with each degree. Other undergraduate majors may be suitable for admission and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Entry requirements for Pre-sessional English are a GPA of between 2.5 - 3.0, depending on your program, plus an English language score of IELTS 5.5.
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Auburn University has been offering engineering courses since 1872 and has a long tradition of excellence in engineering education. According to U.S. News and World Report, Auburn's graduate engineering programs ranked 69th in 2020. Auburn’s 40,000 engineering alumni include four NASA astronauts, three directors of the Kennedy Space Center, prominent CEOs such as Apple’s Tim Cook, and four members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.
Student Learning Objectives
Students who apply to the Auburn MAP Engineering programs often have a high GPA and a solid academic background, but success in these programs is dependent on a comprehensive background in math or software processing. In particular, Software Engineering students need extensive experience in writing code and an in-depth knowledge of software systems. In all other Engineering programs, students need a strong Mathematics background in Calculus I, II, and III, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations, which are the five courses required by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. The student learning objectives for these classes can be found here.
All Engineering applicants (with the exception of Software Engineering) must complete the Math Self-Evaluation before gaining admission into any engineering MAP program at Auburn University. The goal is to ensure a good fit between the student’s knowledge of Math and Auburn’s rigorous engineering curriculum.
A copy of the Math Self-Evaluation can be found here.
A copy of the Math Self-Evaluation can be found here.
Graduate study in aerospace engineering enables you to further your education with advanced courses in your area of interest, and to sharpen the skills you developed as part of your undergraduate training. You may have opportunities be involved in a meaningful research project under the guidance and supervision of a senior faculty member and have the option to specialize in aerodynamics, astrodynamics, boundary layer theory, control theory, flight dynamics, orbital mechanics, propulsion, structures, or structural dynamics.
Chemical engineering at Auburn encourages students to solve real-world problems in the areas of energy, medicine, nanotechnology, or sustainability with engineering practices and scientific foundations. The curriculum prepares chemical engineers to become pioneers for better, more efficient solutions to everyday challenges and global issues.
Computer scientists and software engineers design and develop software for the computer systems and networks that power today’s world. During your master’s degree you will aim to achieve excellence in areas such as software engineering, artificial intelligence, computer networks, operating systems, human/computer interaction, multimedia, or e-commerce to name a few. Graduates of software engineering are in high demand. Recent employers of Auburn graduates include Amazon, Apple, AT&T, ExxonMobil, Google, IBM, Intel, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft.
Auburn University's Master of Cybersecurity Engineering degree equips students with the advanced education required to analyze, develop, investigate, protect and defend computer information systems.
Administrated by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, the Data Science and Engineering—Data Engineering Option prepares data engineers to create software solutions when it comes to big data. With a programming background, students who pursue the Data Engineering Option learn how to create data pipelines to enable a company's business processes.
Because everything we use is made of materials, materials engineering serves as the foundation for many engineering advances. Materials engineering graduate students will develop an in-depth knowledge of: mechanical properties, materials structure, materials thermodynamics, kinetics, and electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials. Materials engineers are in demand and are well-equipped to adapt to changes in the job market. The starting salary range for Auburn materials engineers graduates is $70,000 to $80,000.
Mechanical engineering at Auburn focuses on four general areas: dynamics and systems, mechanics, design and manufacturing, and thermal science. It is the largest department in the College of Engineering and attracts prestigious research sponsorship from NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and a variety of industrial sponsors. Job opportunities for mechanical engineers exist in public utilities, the space program, and industries such as power, chemical, petroleum, automotive, biomedical, pharmaceutical, food, textile, and electronics.
Polymer and fiber engineering students understand and improve the structure, properties, and performance of polymeric materials, as well as their environmental relationships. Core courses in MS Polymer and Fiber Engineering focus on polymer and fiber structure, properties and processing, as well as mechanics of fibrous assemblies, coloration, and advances in polymer and fiber composites. Polymer and fiber engineering prepares students for careers in research and development, product development, process engineering, composite and polymer engineering, and quality assurance engineering.
College of Agriculture
Biosystems Engineering (MS)
Auburn biosystems engineering graduates apply engineering to the challenges and opportunities presented by living ecosystems and the natural environment. Biosystems engineering careers include design engineers, sales engineers, project managers, engineering managers, and research and development engineers. During your master’s, you can specialize in bioenergy and bioproducts engineering, precision agriculture and forestry, off-highway vehicle engineering, ecological engineering, or food and process engineering.
College of Education
Established in 1915, the College of Education has produced more than 31,000 alumni who are making a global impact in all 50 states and 35 countries. In 2020, U.S. News and World Report ranked the College of Education's graduate programs at #88 nationally — in the top 25% of evaluated schools of education in the U.S. The College of Education is committed to preparing the next generation of educators, administrators, and human service professionals.
Early childhood education students learn knowledge and best practices for teaching young children. Course work addresses areas of child development, curriculum emergence and development, developmentally appropriate practice, diversity, and advocacy.
The reading education program prepares reading specialists for the challenging work of applying scientific studies of reading to the critical work of helping struggling readers. You will be able to provide essential literacy tools for lifelong learning. The program includes courses that focus on evidence-based theory and practice-based scientific studies of reading.
MEd English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) includes course work in curriculum development and teaching methods, evaluation of teaching and learning, and identification and utilization of technological resources. Graduates are also required to complete an internship which provides a practical application related to ESOL education.
The English language arts program centers on teaching English as principled practice. The program emphasizes understanding rhetoric and composition, understanding language variation and language standardization, teaching creative writing, and teaching canonical, multicultural, and young adult literature.
The music education programs produce teachers with the capacity to create musical experiences that lead to appreciation for creation and performance, an understanding of the role of music in daily living, and opportunities to develop musical skills and knowledge for all children and adolescents. Digital technologies are used in all music education courses as a means to develop the musician-teacher.
The role of a business/marketing educator is to deliver age-appropriate instruction in the theories and processes of business. Business education coursework prepares teachers to incorporate prevailing educational theories into practice. In addition to teaching business in secondary school and at the community college level, our graduates have also been employed in the corporate world as trainers and in adult continuing education programs. The non-certification program prepares graduates for employment in the corporate world as trainers and in adult education programs.
The agriscience education program prepares you to serve as highly qualified agriscience education teachers in secondary education. Coursework includes animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural mechanics, environmental science, and aquaculture. Professional education coursework includes planning for instruction, working with diverse learners as well as advising youth organizations, and evaluating agriscience education programs.
Auburn's general science education program focuses on hands-on experiences, which means you'll learn to teach by actually teaching! Through self-evaluation, understanding various learning styles, and comprehensive curricular development, the program prepares future educators to confidently enter the classroom.
Expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills through Auburn University's Foreign Language Education master’s programs. Auburn offers master’s degrees in Spanish Education and French Education.
College of Liberal Arts
Make a difference in your community, your government, or your world with an Auburn MPA. The Master of Public Administration provides a generalist core education with the opportunity to specialize in election administration, global public administration and international non-profits, economic development, or you can create your own specialization based on your area of interest. The program combines coursework with practical internship experiences and you will graduate with options for careers in a variety of fields including government, nonprofit organizations, international aid, or community leadership.
The Community Planning Program at Auburn University is a professionally oriented master’s degree program that focuses on the skills that professional planners need for practice in an interactive and interdisciplinary environment. The centerpiece of the program is the opportunity for students and faculty to engage with underserved communities throughout Alabama and the Southeast through outreach, teaching, and engaged research. Through working on projects with communities throughout Alabama and the Southeast, students learn to help diverse and complex communities create and implement plans that improve and protect their quality of life, culture, resource base, built environment, natural environment, and economic vitality. The hallmark of the program is the opportunity for students to work with real clients, on real planning projects, in almost every class.
College of Science & Mathematics
The Master of Applied Mathematics gives students a strong foundation in one of several fundamental areas of applied mathematics. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has over 50 professors representing diverse areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. Many of our faculty have obtained international recognition for their research and maintain applied research programs associated with several government and industrial laboratories.
The Master of Data Science and Engineering—Data Science Option is offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics jointly with the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Through courses in fundamental topics like data mining, machine learning, and statistical learning, as well as a variety of electives and capstone experience, the program trains students to derive valuable insights from massive amounts of raw data.
The Master of Probability and Statistics (M.P.S.) is designed to provide a suitable mix of theoretical and applied background for students interested in a career in statistics. The curriculum provides students with the necessary technical, analytical, and interpretive skills required of professional statisticians while concentrating on education in the fundamentals of statistics and its interdisciplinary nature. M.P.S. students are required to complete a project that may involve statistical consulting, programming, and/or data analysis.
The Master of Science in Statistics degree is designed to provide a suitable mix of theoretical and applied background for students interested in a career in statistics. The curriculum provides students with the necessary technical, analytical, and interpretive skills required of professional statisticians while concentrating on education in the fundamentals of statistics and its interdisciplinary nature. Course offerings are structured to give students a variety of choices of specialization in order to pursue a career in academia, government, or industry, and/or further their pursuit of a Ph.D. degree in statistics. The student must complete and defend a thesis and obtain a passing score on the related oral examination.
The Master of Science in Mathematics develops students’ content knowledge through coursework and provides the opportunity to delve deeper into an area of mathematics through the writing of a thesis. The student must complete and defend a thesis and obtain a passing score on the related oral examination.