Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Space Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aerospace Engineering

M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering

This degree is designed for students who desire a curriculum focused on the scientific aspects of Aerospace Engineering. A total of 30 credit hours is required including 500-level classes in Aerospace Engineering, and approved courses in mathematics. Students are encouraged to take advantage of directed study and become involved in research as part of their M.S.E. experience. The M.S.E. program does not include an option for a thesis per se; however, through AEROSP 590, students can perform research work in close supervision of a faculty member and investigate a problem of common interest.

Admission requirements include a strong performance in an undergraduate program in engineering or science, and competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Learn more about the Academic Background of Applicants.

Details of the M.S.E. degree requirements may be found at:

M.Eng in Space Engineering

The M.Eng. in Space Engineering degree provides a comprehensive set of courses and training in space-related science and engineering, and the systems approach to design and management of complex space systems. It develops both the theoretical and applied aspects of space engineering. The M.Eng. in Space Engineering is a professional program managed by the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP) department.  

Details of the M.Eng. degree requirements may be found at:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aerospace Engineering

The Ph.D. degree requires a strong academic foundation and an ability to carry out independent research. Students must complete:

  1. Coursework & Training
  2. Preliminary Examinations

Research and the Dissertation

  1. Coursework & Training

A student must take five core doctoral courses selected by the student and approved by the student’s research advisor. In addition, a student must take graduate coursework outside the student’s field of study, but related or connected with an aspect of their field.

A student must complete training for the College of Engineering’s Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) program. Training consists of four workshops which engage students to be able to recognize, address, and resolve ethical issues in classroom, professional and research settings.

  1. Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examinations are oral examinations covering material taught in the five selected core courses administered by the preliminary examination committee. This examination is offered twice a year. A student must pass the prelimination examination. 

  1. Research and the Dissertation

The student must initiate research activity with their advisor in the first year of graduate study. 

To demonstrate their ability to pursue and solve an original research problem the student must present the research results in a written dissertation and defend the dissertation at a final oral defense. The research is done under the supervision of a faculty advisor in the Aerospace Engineering department and a dissertation committee.

The Ph.D. degree is awarded upon successful completion of a Ph.D. dissertation, a Ph.D. defense, and other academic credit requirements.

Details of the Ph.D. degree requirements may be found at: