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I finished my bachelor degree in math, however I really want to go to grad school for automotive engineering. But the problem is so many programs here in US do not consider applicants without engineering background, what can I do?

Asked Los Angeles, California

I finished my bachelor degree in math, however I really want to go to grad school for automotive engineering. But the problem is so many programs here in US do not consider applicants without engineering background, what can I do?

Also what can I do to gain some experience in the auto industry?

#mechanical-engineer #automotive

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Glenn’s Answer

Updated Los Angeles, California

I have known several engineers with a BS in Math that did MS in ME. I am not sure why automotive would be more restrictive. Most masters programs if they differ from your undergrad degree will require you to take make up courses in the subject area before taking the graduate level classes.

I would suggest that you go to your school of chose and meet with the guidance counselor. I would expect that they suggest taking classes to bridge the gap in your education.

If you are targeting the automotive industry, I am sure there is a reason for your passion. That needs to show on your application. If you are into cars and like working on cars by doing maintenance or restoring them, that can help on your application.

Apply for a job that uses your degree in an automotive company. If you work for an automotive company, it should improve your viability as a candidate.

Updated
Thank you so much, sir!

Wael’s Answer

Updated Redford Charter Township, Michigan

Kevin, I disagree with Mr. Arche regarding this issue. Getting a degree in math isn't like getting a degree in engineering. For example, mechanical engineers take four courses in math and the rest are mostly in engineering. I would not be able to make it through my master's in automotive engineering without my bachelor's in mechanical engineering. There are various concepts in thermodynamics, heat transfer, material properties, controls, and many more that you should know by heart to embark on such a journey.

Let us take it back a notch and tell me about the course you took in your degree. Let us find a solution together.