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Applied Engineering Sciences

Groups of applied engineering students — many of them wearing Spartan gear — sit at study tables, deep in conversation. 

What is applied engineering sciences?
The applied engineering sciences major at Michigan State University is where engineering meets business to create versatile and dynamic professionals. This program combines technical and business education to prepare students for various careers in the corporate world.

Why choose applied engineering at MSU?
Choosing the Applied Engineering Sciences major at MSU means embracing an education that combines engineering principles with business acumen. Our program offers:
  • Interdisciplinary learning: Gain insights from both engineering and business disciplines.
  • Hands-on experience: Engage in labs, workshops, and real-world projects.
  • Expert faculty: Learn from experienced professors who are leaders in their fields.
  • Strong career prospects: Benefit from one of the highest placement rates in the university.

Specialized concentrations
Students can tailor their education by choosing from several concentrations:
  • Supply chain management: Focus on logistics, procurement, and production.
  • Packaging: Study the design and production of packaging systems.
  • Technical sales: Learn about the principles of technical sales and customer relations.
  • Computer science: Gain skills in programming, algorithms, and data structures.
  • Business law: Prepare for law school or careers involving business regulations.
  • Business analytics with data science minor: Analyze data to support business decisions.

Student organizations and activities
Enhance your educational experience by joining student organizations related to engineering and business. Participate in competitions, attend workshops, and collaborate on innovative projects. Popular student groups include:
  • Society of Applied Engineering Sciences: Connect with companies and alumni to explore career opportunities, gain industry insights and build professional networks.
  • Leadership Advantage: A four-day program run by current engineering students for incoming students, focusing on leadership development, awareness of opportunities and community integration. Visit the Leadership Advantage website.
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World: combine engineering skills with an understanding of environmental issues to create valuable solutions to worldwide problems.

Top employers actively seek graduates from MSU's applied engineering sciences program. With a strong foundation in engineering and business, our alumni have successful careers in many fields.

Alumni work at: 
  • Boeing
  • Caterpillar
  • Chrysler
  • Dow Chemical
  • Honeywell
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Urban Science
Alumni work as: 
  • Account executives
  • Application engineers
  • District sales engineers
  • Logistical engineers and managers
  • Process supervisors
  • Supply chain planners
  • Systems application engineers

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