Master of Science

The MS degree is an unfunded two-year program allowing you to specialize in a particular topic in the aerospace field. As a student, you will choose and follow one of three tracks to earn your degree:

  • A coursework only option where you complete an approved certificate.
  • A two-sequence graduate project course.
  • Write and defend a master’s thesis.

Funding is not guaranteed for master’s students. Although in rare cases students may be supported by faculty directly, the department does not guarantee their support. See Curriculum page for more details.

Professional Master's

The Professional Masters of Science degree (ProMS) offers an affordable option for international and non-resident students, and for students 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).

Dual Degree MS Aerospace (Primary) & ME Engineering Management

Complement your Aerospace Master’s Degree with Engineering Management. To complete the Aerospace Engineering Sciences & Engineering Management dual degree program, you must be admitted to both the Engineering Management Program and the Aerospace Engineering Program. Dual degrees are issued at the same time at graduation. You cannot receive one degree before the other, although you may complete the requirements for one degree before the other.


PhD students, on average, will take 4-6 years to complete their program, depending on whether they enter with or without a master’s degree. It is possible for highly qualified students to enter the PhD program directly without a master’s degree. The primary focus of a PhD student is to perform novel research and support their faculty advisor. At the time of admission, PhD students must have a faculty advisor who agrees to accept the student into their research program and mentor their academic progress. PhD students are supported through research and teaching assistantships and are also encouraged to apply for their own source of funding.