We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to all and that student experiences in the wake of this have not been equitable. In response to these events, we recognize that some applicants will have concerns about the impacts these events could have on admissions. The graduate programs at the University of Colorado Boulder are dedicated to recruiting and supporting diverse, talented students, employing holistic application review processes and supporting students when they arrive on campus.
We want to be clear that we understand
- students have been facing and will face unprecedented challenges during this time.
- testing centers have suspended operations, or moved to remote testing.
- many students and institutions have chosen to adopt the Pass/Fail (or Credit/No Credit) option due to these events.
- due to this disruption students may not have performed to their usual abilities during times of remote study or challenging classroom adjustments.
- some research projects will have been interrupted or will be incomplete as a result of university and facility closures.
- many students will be unable to take on internships and summer research programs or other professional development initiatives.
- there are myriad other challenging circumstances that have arisen in individuals’ experiences.
We will take this all into consideration as we review applications holistically, understanding that our goal continues to be a graduate student cohort of future leaders, full of diverse life experiences and perspectives that will add new dimensions to our existing graduate community. In addition, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, completion of the GRE is optional for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admissions. Note: Not taking the GRE will not negatively impact your application consideration. If you have any questions about your specific circumstances, please contact the department to which you are interested in applying, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU-Boulder has established minimum standards for graduate admission. Applicants must:
- Have undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.
- Have two semesters of undergraduate calculus-based physics.
- Have at least two semesters of upper-division undergraduate courses in engineering or physics.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree in engineering, sciences, or mathematics from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.40
- Provide official GRE scores (general test). Unofficial copies will not be accepted. Copies of GRE scores submitted by applicants are not official scores. The department's desired minimum scores are 157 verbal, 158 quantitative, and 4.5 analytical writing. All applicants are required to submit official GRE scores.
- Provide three letters of recommendation.
- Provide a personal statement.
International students must provide documentation that they have the financial resources to support themselves for at least the first year in the program.
Note: The department does not typically fund Masters students.
In some cases, a limited number of graduate level course credits can be transferred from another accredited institution and applied toward a masters or Ph.D. degree. These credits must be approved by the AES Graduate Curriculum Committee and the Graduate School. Students who have completed their first semester in the masters or Ph.D. program are eligible to seek transfer credit. Students seeking a degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder must complete the majority of their coursework while enrolled in a graduate program as a degree seeking student. Generally speaking, graduate level courses that have not been used toward a bachelor’s degree, and in which grades of B or better are earned, are eligible for transfer into the MS or PhD programs. Credits from a completed master’s program cannot be transferred into a current master’s program. A maximum of 9 credits can be transferred to the MS program, and a maximum of 18 credits can be transferred to the PhD program.
For information about our program, faculty and research projects, as well as information on application materials, please visit our website, http://www.colorado.edu/aerospace/. For program information, click on ‘Graduates, Academics, Degree Programs’, then click the blue ‘Graduate Handbook’ icon on the right hand side. For application materials, click ‘Prospective Students’ and go to ‘Graduates, Admissions’ and follow the links.
Distance education coursework is offered for the Professional Master's (ProMS) program. For information, please visit the CU Boulder Graduate School.
Aerospace courses can be taken through the Course Library, with the professor's permission. More information is a available on the Library Courses site.
If you have questions about online programs, please contact the Graduate School at email@example.com or 303.492.6331.
The Bioastronautics, Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems, and Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science focus areas are available online.
A minimum of three letters of recommendation should be submitted. Further information about the admission process is detailed on our admission pages.
The GRE General Test measures critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. Information about the GRE is available on the Educational Testing Service website, http://www.ets.org/gre. Current GRE Board policy states that your scores are reportable for 5 years. Your scores are retained for the 5 testing years following the testing year in which you tested. All scores earned during this time will be reported to each institution you designate. The Aerospace Engineering Admission Committee will not accept scores older than 5 years.
In evaluating applicants for admission, the admission committee relies on the completed application form, the report of GRE scores, your undergraduate GPA and official transcripts, as well as your statement of purpose and recommendations from persons who have had an opportunity to observe your ability and performance.
Your GRE scores and GPA are considered in the context of the entire application. The department's desired scores are at least 157 verbal, 158 quantitative, and 4.5 analytical writing, and the desired undergraduate GPA is 3.4.
The quality of your undergraduate institution will be considered.
Substantial consideration is accorded to special qualities such as motivation, undergraduate program, diversity in economic, social, or cultural background, employment or other experience, leadership, and perseverance in overcoming personal handicaps or disadvantages. Graduate level work is also considered.
Applicants who decline an offer of admission or were not offered admission may choose to reapply. Reapplication includes: submission of a new application, application fee, valid GRE / TOEFL scores, statement of purpose, and recommendations.
If the GRE or TOEFL scores from your previous application are still current, they will automatically be carried forward, but all other materials must be new submissions.
Prior to admission, applicants from countries where English is not the native language must demonstrate a full command of the English language by making a satisfactory score of 560 (paper) or 220 (computer) or 83 (internet) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).
You are not required to submit the TOEFL if,
1. your native language is English, or
2. you have completed at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. institution, or at an institution in a country where English is the native language, at the time you apply, and within two years from your desired admission term. More information is available at www.colorado.edu/admissions/graduate/international
No. Unfortunately, no edits are allowed to an already submitted application; however, additional materials (e.g. recommendations, transcripts, etc.) can be added by forwarding those materials directly to the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include your full name and either the application no. or your empl/student ID number.
For assistance with links to letters of recommendation contact technical support. email@example.com
You cannot add additional names, or remove names, of recommenders in your application once it has been submitted; however, recommendations can be sent by your recommenders to the graduate admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MS degree is a two-year program allowing students to specialize in a particular topic in the aerospace field. This can be done through a coursework only option where the student completes an approved certificate, a two-sequence graduate project course, or writes and defends a master’s thesis. Traditional MS students are admitted into a specific focus area and are required to complete a focus area curriculum. Funding is not guaranteed for master’s students. Although in rare cases they may be supported by faculty directly, the department does not guarantee their support.
The Professional Masters of Science degree (ProMS) offers an affordable option for international and non-resident students, and for students who are interested in a more flexible coursework only program. ProMS students do not have to follow a specific focus area curriculum and can customize their degrees based on their personal interests; however, 18 credits in ASEN, including a math course from the list of approved math courses is required. Note: ProMS students are ineligible for any university funding (TA/RA/fellowships).
Faculty welcome visitors, and appointments should be made directly with them via email. Faculty information is found on our website. You should directly contact faculty members who specialize in an area of interest similar to your own by sending them an email requesting an appointment and/or tour of their labs. Campus tours are offered through the university, not the department.
Click here for maps and driving directions. It is recommended that visitors park in metered lots designated for public parking, which are located around campus.
Establishing Colorado Residence
Residency classification is governed by state statute. To be eligible for in-state classification, applicants must establish domicile (legal residence) in Colorado one year prior to the first day of class for the term for which in-state status is sought. Note: students may establish their residency while enrolled in the College of Engineering.
Applicants and students who have become eligible for a change to in-state status must submit a petition with documentation in order to have their status changed. Please direct questions regarding residency status to the Tuition Classification Office (rather than to the College of Engineering), Regent Administrative Center 105; telephone 303-492-0907; email@example.com or http://registrar.colorado.edu/students/tuition_classification.html
Active duty members of the armed forces of the United States and Canada on permanent duty stationed in Colorado, and their dependents (as defined by military regulations), are eligible for in-state status regardless of domicile or length of residence.
For further information regarding tuition classification please contact the Tuition Classification Officer, Regent Administrative Center 105; telephone 303-492-0907; firstname.lastname@example.org; or http://registrar.colorado.edu/students/tuition_classification.html
Financial Aid for Graduate Students
In most instances a domestic graduate student will be eligible for enough federal aid to cover his or her total cost of attendance. The cost of attendance (budget) includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, rent and utilities, food, medical, transportation, and personal expenses. Please note that car expenses (payments, insurance, repairs), credit card payments, and rent/utilities over the budgeted amount are not included. It is very important to keep your expenses within the budget.
For more information regarding your eligibility for financial aid, please contact the CU Office of Financial Aid, 303-492-5091, http://www.colorado.edu/finaid/grad.html.
Departmental funding information is outlined in the academics section, link. The admissions committee automatically considers admitted entering students for graduate fellowships; there is no separate fellowship application for entering applicants. Fellowship recipients are selected during the admissions process, and in most circumstances, recipients will be notified before their $200 enrollment deposit is due.
For information regarding outside fellowship opportunity, please visit our fellowship opportunities page.