Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Aerospace Engineering (AE) has 2 options.

  • The Thesis Option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work.  The course work includes 3 hours of math and 6 hours earned in the satisfactory completion of a thesis.
  • The Project Option requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work.  The course work includes 3 hours of math, 24 hours of other courses, and at least 3 hours in the satisfactory completion of a project (AE 895, M.S. Thesis or Project).

Graduate mathematics courses are considered those taken at the 600 level and higher. Master’s students may choose any 1 mathematics course (up to 3 hours) at 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.

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

No more than two courses below the 700 level may be used to satisfy degree requirements, in addition to the required AE690 course. All AE courses other than AE690 must be 700 level and above.

The candidate must pass a final oral examination in which the thesis or research project (results of the independent investigation) is defended and the candidate demonstrates a working knowledge in aerospace engineering.

Thesis or Project Committee

As part of the Plan of Study a student is required to form a thesis or project committee with a minimum of three Graduate Faculty, a minimum of two must be AE faculty members. Additional committee members may be selected by the student from either AE or other School of Engineering faculty members. The chairman of the committee must be an AE faculty member.

Plan of Study

Before the end of the first semester of graduate study the student must complete an online Plan of Study which includes the following information:

1. Three committee members.  As a general rule, these committee members will be drawn from the AE faculty but exceptions may be approved.

2. Proposed area of research

3. Proposed sequence of courses through the semester of graduation.

4. Proposed semester of graduation.

The Plan of Study shall indicate for each course which requirement is being satisfied. Unique situations can be accommodated with the combined approval of the AE department graduate advisor and the student's major advisor.


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