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The Master of Science Program has two options. Option A requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work, including six hours in the satisfactory completion of a thesis. Option B requires a minimum of 33 hours of graduate work. Option B does not require a thesis but does include a project in which at least three hours of Special Problem have been satisfactorily completed. Both the thesis and project must be orally defended before the student's Masters Committee, the other department faculty, and invited guests.
A seven-step outline of a typical Master’s program in Aerospace Engineering is as follows:
Step 1: After earning the BSAE (or equivalent) the student applies for admission to the Master's program.
Step 2: The student selects or (upon request) is assigned a major advisor based upon the student's area of interest. The major advisor assists the student in selecting courses for the first year of study and the preparation of an initial plan of student including the formation of an initial thesis or project committee.
Step 3: After completing the first semester of study with a GPA or at least 3.0 of the student prepares a plan of study.
Step 4: The student updates the plan of study, finishes the required course work with a GPA of at least 3.0 and defines an area of thesis or project research.
Step 5: The student completes the MS or project research in accordance with original research plan of Step 4 and writes a thesis or project report. The thesis or project report must be approved by the thesis/project committee.
Step 6: The student completes the 6-month internship requirement (MEAE only).
Step 7: After approval by the thesis/project committee the student defends the thesis/project before the student's Masters Committee, other department faculty and students (at their option) and invited guest.