Aerospace Engineering is shaping the future of transportation, communication, explorations, and security through hands-on experience and teamwork. The department’s mission is to prepare students for leadership positions in design, testing, and operation of complex aerospace and related systems. The program is ranked 9th by the U.S. News and World Report and ranked among the top four aerospace engineering programs in the country by the National Research Council. The graduate program spends more than $11 million annually on research. It is home to four research centers, two funded by NASA, and was named a program of excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
Graduate students are admitted into a specific focus area that provides research advising, financial support, and sets specialized admission and program requirements and recommendations for course work within and outside the department. The four focus areas are:
Each focus area has defined the required characteristics of its successful graduates at the MS and Ph.D. level, and defined the required and elective courses that support its educational program.
The Master of Science requires a total of 30 semester hours (including courses and thesis hours), at least 24 semester hours of which must be completed at the 5000 level or above, and at least 18 semester hours of ASEN courses.
The Ph.D. requires 36 credit hours at the 5000 level or above, 18 hours taken in the aerospace engineering sciences department, and 30 hours of dissertation credit. Students must pass the departmental preliminary and comprehensive examinations and successfully defend the dissertation in a final examination. Students do not need to have a master’s degree to apply to the Ph.D. program.
Opportunity for a dual degree with:
Additional information is available on the department's website: www.colorado.edu/aerospace.
University of Colorado Boulder
Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Office Tower 632 (ECOT 632)
Boulder, CO 80309-0429