The MS degree is an unfunded 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.

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).

Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. program directly without a master’s degree. The primary focus of a Ph.D. student is to perform novel research and support their faculty advisor. At the time of admission, Ph.D. students must have a faculty advisor who agrees to accept the student into their research program and mentor their academic progress. Ph.D. students are supported through research and teaching assistantships and are also encouraged to apply for their own source of funding.

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. See Curriculum page for more details.