The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree program prepares students for careers in the aerospace industry or in research and development through work on a graduate-level thesis. 

Master of Science in
Aerospace Engineering

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree program prepares students for careers in the aerospace industry or in research and development through work on a graduate-level thesis.

Students augment their engineering and science background with studies in aeroacoustics, nondestructive testing, aerodynamics, design and optimization, propulsion, aerospace structures, and other topics in aerospace engineering. This paves the way to aerospace research and development or a career in engineering education.

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree is housed in the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering. There are three areas of concentration offered:

  • Aerodynamics and Propulsion focuses on aerodynamics, viscous flows, hypersonic flows, and jet engine and rocket aero-thermodynamics. Courses are offered in these subjects, as well as in specialized topics such combustion, heat transfer, aeroacoustics, rotorcraft aerodynamics, and turbine engine systems. Computational Fluid Dynamics is offered at an introductory as well as an advanced level. Research topics within the Aero-Propulsion group include Research topics within the Aero-Propulsion group include: Aeroacoustic modeling and noise mitigation; micro air vehicles and synthetic jets for mitigating icing and flow separation; heat transfer in turbine blades, rocket propulsion simulation; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, hypersonic vehicles and hypersonic combustion, pulsed detonation engines, extending stall margins in highly loaded fans and compressors; rotorcraft aerodynamics; turbulent boundary layer/shear layers and their control; two-phase boundary layers; fluid structure interactions; numerical simulation of plasma for flow control and plasma assisted combustion, LES of compressible turbulence and high speed combustion.
  • Dynamics & Control focuses on the modeling of complex dynamical systems and the design, implementation and testing of guidance, navigation and active feedback control of these systems to meet rigorous requirements and high levels of performance. Particular research topics include autonomous unpiloted air and ground vehicles; evolving aerospace structures and formations; control of flexible aerospace structures; networked systems; aircraft guidance control and handling qualities; spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, with emphasis on rendezvous and proximity operations; aviation safety; artificial intelligence; wind energy systems; and control of quantum information systems.
  • Structures & Materials focuses on the study of aeroelasticity, vibration, fracture mechanics, thermoelasticity, composite materials, nanomaterials, smart materials, structural health monitoring, reliability analysis, computational structural mechanics, and design optimization. Particular research topics include aircraft structural design; aeroelastic tailoring; design for additive manufacturing; optimization of composite structures; smart actuators and systems; guided-wave structural health monitoring; static and impact performance of lightweight materials; use of carbon nanotubes and graphene for strengthening and repair of composites; and molecular dynamic simulation. 

Typical First Year

Candidates for this degree program can select courses that prepare them for the aerospace engineering profession or that prepare them to continue on to doctoral studies. A typical first year will include Aerospace Engineering core courses and graduate-level electives.

Degree Details

A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level work is required for this degree.

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Degree Requirements

MAE — Non-Thesis Option

AE Core courses6
Graduate Mathematics Course3
Graduate Electives (at least six hours must be 600-level)21
Total Credits30

MSAE — Thesis Option

AE Core courses6
Graduate Mathematics Course3
Graduate Electives12
Thesis (AE 700)9
Total Credits30

Areas of Concentration

Aerodynamics and Propulsion

This area includes Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Computational Aero and Fluid Dynamics, Transition and Turbulence, Aeroacoustics, Heat Transfer, and Combustion.

Core Courses for Aerodynamic and Propulsion Concentration
AE 504Advanced Compressible Flow3
AE 521Viscous Flow3
AE 528Advanced Incompressible Aerodynamics3
Electives for Aerodynamics and Propulsion Concentration
AE 508Heat Transfer3
AE 512Combustion I3
AE 516Computational Aeronautical Fluid Dynamics3
AE 524Rocket Engine Propulsion Systems3
AE 536Rotorcraft Aerodynamics3
AE 610Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics3
AE 625Hypersonic Aerospace Propulsive Flows3
AE 631Aeroacoustics3
AE 640Turbine Engine Propulsion Systems3
AE 652Turbulent Flows3
AE 699Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering *3

Aerospace Structures

This area includes Structural Analysis, Vibration, Nondestructive Testing, Composite Materials, Elasticity, Flight Dynamics, Controls, and Design Optimization.

Core Courses for Structures Concentration
AE 502Strength and Fatigue of Materials3
AE 514Introduction to the Finite Element Method3
AE 522Analysis of Aircraft Composite Materials3
Electives for Structures Concentration
AE 506Airplane Dynamic Stability3
AE 510Aircraft Structural Dynamics3
AE 518Acoustic Emission Nondestructive Testing3
AE 526Engineering Optimization3
AE 534Smart Materials for Aerospace Applications3
AE 538Theory of Elasticity3
AE 606Finite Element Aerospace Applications3
AE 612Analysis of Aircraft Plate and Shell Structures3
AE 616Advanced Aircraft Structural Dynamics3
AE 623Atmospheric Navigation, Guidance and Control3
AE 626Aircraft Fault Tolerance and Advanced Control Theory3
AE 646Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Chaos3
AE 648Thermal Stresses in Aerospace Engineering3
AE 699Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering *3

Dynamics and Control

This area includes the six degrees of freedom rigid body dynamics of aerospace vehicles, linear and nonlinear modeling and simulation of the dynamics, state and parameter estimation and the control of aerospace vehicles.

Core Courses for Dynamics and Control Concentration
AE 505Spacecraft Dynamics and Control *3
or EP 505 Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
AE 506Airplane Dynamic Stability *3
AE 523Modeling and Simulation of Linear Dynamic Systems3
or ME 523 Modeling and Simulation of Linear Dynamic Systems
AE 527Modern Control Systems3
or EE 527 Modern Control Systems
or ME 527 Modern Control Systems
Electives for Dynamics and Control
AE 526Engineering Optimization3
AE 623Atmospheric Navigation, Guidance and Control3
AE 626Aircraft Fault Tolerance and Advanced Control Theory3
AE 646Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Chaos3
AE 627Adaptive Control of Aerospace Structures3
AE 629Robust Control Systems3
AE 633Optimal Control3
AE 699Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering1-3
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A student cannot take both AE/EP 505 and AE 506

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Only MAE students can apply a maximum of three hours of AE 699 and/or three hours of AE 596 for the graduate elective(s) toward their degree.

A three-credit hour graduate internship, AE 596, may be taken as an elective course by a student in the MAE program; however, AE 596 will not be counted toward the degree requirements for a student in the MSAE program.

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