Doctor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering

The Doctor of Engineering program in Aerospace Engineering (DEAE) is a unique program that emphasizes system design and management skills. The program also requires students to successfully demonstrate their abilities in a broad spectrum of aerospace technology, mathematics and original research. To earn the DE degree students must:

  • Complete DE course requirements in accordance with an approved plan of study
  • Pass the Doctoral Qualifying Exam (DQE)
  • Complete the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship (RS2) requirement
  • Satisfy the residency requirements
  • Pass a comprehensive oral examination
  • Complete a 12 month industrial internship requirement
  • Prepare and defend a DE project report which must contain an original contribution to the field by the candidate

An important requirement of the DEAE program is a minimum of twelve months of industrial internship in an industry or government organization. Because this internship is a degree requirement, and because neither the University nor the Department of Aerospace Engineering can guarantee internship employment, students must indicate in writing before they have completed their first semester how the internship requirement will be satisfied.

Minimum Course Requirements

The DEAE degree typically requires a minimum of 66 credit hours beyond the BSAE degree. These 66 hours must be distributed as follows:

  • Core courses of at least 9 credit hours of graduate mathematics beyond the BSAE degree. The 9 hours must include a minimum of 6 hours of graduate-level mathematics courses.
    • Graduate mathematics courses are those taken that are at the 600 level and higher, plus MATH 590, Linear Algebra
    • AE 712, Techniques of Engineering Evaluation, is a mathematics-intensive engineering course and the only non-MATH course that meets the Core requirement
  • Breadth courses of at least 12 credit hours of technical courses (beyond 600 level) must be distributed in the areas of:
    • structures and materials
    • aerodynamics
    • design
    • dynamics and controls
    • propulsion
    • astronautics
  • Depth courses of at least 15 credit hours (beyond 600 level) must be taken in engineering management courses
  • 18 credit hours of DE project
  • 12 credit hours of industrial internship. To obtain these credit hours, the student must complete a 12-month industrial internship.

Students must also take at least .5 hours of AE 690, Professional Development for Graduate Students.


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