MS in Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science offers a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with either a Thesis Option or Course Option.

Thesis Option

  • The quantitative requirement for the degree is 30-credit hours. A minimum of 24 of these units must be course credit, and a minimum of 6 units must be Masters Research, MEMS 599.
  • Full-time MS students in any area are required to take MEMS 501 Seminar every semester, which is a zero-unit, pass-fail course.
  • The overall grade-point average must be 2.70 or better.
  • Courses may be chosen from 400- and 500-level offerings. All must be engineering, math, or science courses with the following restrictions:
    • A maximum of 3 units of Independent Study, MEMS 400/500, are allowed.
    • A maximum of 6 units of 400-level courses are allowed, and these must be from courses not required for the BSME degree (if counted for the MSAE) or not required for the BSAE degree (if counted for the MSME degree).
    • Each course must be approved by the candidate‚Äôs thesis advisor.
    • A maximum of 6 units of transfer credit is allowed for courses taken at other graduate institutions, and these must have been taken with grade B or better.
    • A minimum of 15 units of the total 30 units must be in MEMS courses.
  • The student must also write a satisfactory thesis and successfully defend it in an oral examination before a faculty committee consisting of at least three members, at least two of which are from the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

Course Option

  • The quantitative requirement for the degree is 30-credit hours (normally 10 courses) completed with a grade-point average of 2.70 or better.
  • Full-time MS students in any area are required every semester to take MEMS 501 Seminar, which is a zero-unit, pass-fail course.

Course credits must conform to the following distribution:

Applied Mathematics 6 credits
Aerospace Engineering 15 credits
Electives 9 credits
  • Elective courses may be chosen in any area of engineering or mathematics at 400 level or higher.
  • Of the 30 units, 24 units must be 500-level courses.
  • A maximum of 3 credits of Independent Study, MEMS 400/500, may be included as an elective course.
  • No more than 6 units may be 400-level courses; core requirements for the BSME are not allowed (with the exception of MEMS 4301 Modeling, Systems and Control).
  • A minimum of 15 units must be in MEMS.
  • Degree candidates will plan their course programs with the help of a departmental advisor.