Ranked among the top four Aerospace Engineering PhD programs in the country by the National Research Council and in the top ten by the U.S. News and World Report, CU Boulder’s Ann & H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (Smead Aerospace) 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; celestial mechanics; autonomous systems; remote sensing; Earth and space sciences; vehicle systems; fluids, structures and materials; and bioastronautics (supporting human spaceflight and conducting experiments in microgravity aboard the International Space Station). The department invests more than $15 million annually on research, and CU Boulder is the #1 public university recipient of NASA research awards. Smead Aerospace was named a program of excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and is home to four research centers as well as two cross-campus university grand challenges in remote sensing and space weather.
With more than 50 faculty members and over 400 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. Aerospace Engineering Sciences’ (AES) Professional MS and regular MS can be completed entirely online. Unlike other online courses, our distance education allows you to watch classes live, actively participate
Aerospace Engineering Sciences Site
MS, PhD, Professional MS
GRE not required
Spring: September 15 (International), October 1 (Domestic); Fall: December 1
Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems (ASN) Certificate, Remote Sensing Certificate, Satellite System Design Certificate
Reference pages with details about distance education