Earning My Graduate Degree

Welcome and Resources

We are thrilled that you are joining the program. USU's vibrant graduate student community anxiously awaits your arrival. Our faculty are genuinely committed to expanding the boundaries of your education. Our goal is to provide you with a successful and stimulating educational experience in the College of Engineering. For any questions, please feel free to contact the MAE Graduate Programs Office.

Graduate Program Director and Staff


MAE Student Handbook

In the handbook (PDF), you will find the MAE policies and procedures.

Sign into your USU account

USU MyID will help you with your A-Number, create or change a password, manage your email address and manage security settings.

Accessing Courses Online

Canvas is used to access your course and materials online.

Purchasing Supplies

The USU Campus Store can show you which materials are required and which materials are optional for each of your courses.


Visit the library website to learn what services are provided for students.


Plan ahead and register early.

Need help registering?

If you did not attend USU for your undergraduate degree, prerequisites for upper-level courses will need to be approved by the course instructor. Email the GPC the following information:

  • The course you want to take.
  • Course name of the prerequisite that you took at your previous university that satisfies MAE’s prerequisite.
  • Syllabus for the prerequisite.

If you get a registration error, email the GPC with a copy of the error message you received.


MAE student orientation is done one-on-one with the GPC when you arrive.

The School of Graduate Studies orientation gives you a good overview of university resources.

International student orientation has an online and in-person component.

MAE Graduate Degree Programs

  • Aerospace Engineering MS, PhD
  • Composite Materials and Structures MS
  • Mechanical Engineering MS, PhD
  • Space Systems Engineering MS

Master’s degrees have three plan options

  • Plan A - coursework and research culminating in a thesis.
  • Plan B - coursework and a project culminating in a report.
  • Plan C - coursework only.

Doctoral degrees have two options

  • PhD beyond a Bachelor’s
  • PhD beyond a Master’s