Ranked among the top four Aerospace Engineering PhD programs in the country by the National Research Council and 8th by the U.S. News and World Report, CU Boulder’s Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) is internationally recognized for its research and education leadership in aerospace engineering, earth, and space sciences. The world-renowned faculty tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science, focusing on astrodynamics and satellite navigation, remote sensing, earth and space sciences, vehicle systems, structures and materials and bioastronautics. The department spends more than $15 million annually on research. It is home to four research centers and was named a program of excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
With more than 40 faculty members and nearly 300 MS and PhD. students, our graduate programs prepare aerospace engineering students to meet the needs of our 21st-century society through the understanding, conception, design and application of aerial and spacecraft systems. The Masters program provides opportunities to focus on hands-on, experiential learning, technical and organizational expertise and end-to-end mission and systems perspectives. The PhD program prepares students for exceptional research careers in commercial, governmental and academic institutions.
PhD and MS 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 identified the characteristics it seeks in successful graduates at the MS and PhD level, and defined required and elective courses that support a balance of technical depth and breadth appropriate for the specific discipline.
Graduate students in the Professional Master of Science degree program have greater flexibility in their course selections, which provides the opportunity for a more interdisciplinary degree plan including courses from across the spectrum of focus area offerings.
The Professional MS is a degree program requiring a total of 30 semester hours, at least 24 semester hours of which must be completed at the 5000 level or above, at least 18 semester hours of ASEN courses, and one 3 semester hour approved math course. This program results in a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (MSAES).
Aerospace Engineering's Professional MS and regular MS can be completed completely online via distance education. Unlike other online courses, distance education allows you to watch classes live, actively participate in classes from a distance and even attend lectures on campus where possible.
Learn more about earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering via distance education:
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 which must be ASEN courses. In addition, specific focus area requirements must be met.
The PhD requires 36 credit hours at the 5000 level or above, at least 18 hours of which must be ASEN courses 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 PhD program.
Opportunity for a dual degree with:
Additional information is available on the department's website: www.colorado.edu/aerospace.
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University of Colorado Boulder
Aerospace Engineering Sciences
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