Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The Master of Science program in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE) has two options:

  • Thesis Option: Typically requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work.  The course work include 3 hours of Math, 21 of other courses, and 6 hours in the satisfactory completion of a thesis
  • Project Option: Typically requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work.  The course work include 3 hours of Math, 27 hours of other courses, and at least 3 hours of project (AE 895, M.S. Thesis or Project) to be satisfactorily completed.

Students must also take at least one semester of AE 690, Professional Development for Graduate Students.

Graduate mathematics courses are considered those taken at the 600 level and higher. Master’s students may choose any one mathematics course (up to 3 hours) at the level 500 and higher. AE 712, Techniques of Engineering Evaluation, is the only mathematics-intensive engineering course that will help fulfill the graduate mathematics requirement.

Both the thesis and the project must be orally defended before the student’s master’s committee, other department faculty, students, and invited guests.

To earn the MSAE degree the student must:

  • Complete the MSAE course requirements according to an approved plan of study
  • Prepare and defend a thesis or project report approved by the student’s master’s committee
  • The student is expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of aerospace engineering as part of the thesis or project defense.


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