Aerospace Engineering Program Overview

Master's Program

Pursuing a master’s degree helps you gain specialized knowledge to advance in your field. Not only could it open opportunities for you professionally, but it will increase your earning potential in an already competitive marketplace.

For the Aerospace Engineering Master's, students complete core aerospace coursework and technical electives in aerospace related areas. Students choose one of three plan options to complete the degree. All graduate students must complete School of Graduate Studies' (SGS) forms and requirements for their chosen plan. All MS-Plan A students must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) online training to enhance their understanding of research ethics and practices.

As of fall 2016, USU's Aerospace Engineering MS program is an approved Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Students admitted to the Aerospace MS who are residents of WICHE member states are eligible for USU resident tuition rates.

To receive the resident tuition rates, please indicate on your application for admission that you are a resident of a WICHE member state. After being admitted, the Western Regional Graduate program (WRGP) form will need to be completed and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. The MAE Graduate Academic Advisor helps students with the completion and submission of this form.

Plan A Thesis - 30 credits

Students complete research on an approved topic, and write and defend a thesis documenting the research and conclusions reached.

  • Coursework (24 credits):
    • 12 credits Aero Core
    • 3 credits advanced math
    • 9 credits technical electives
  • Research: 6 credits MAE 6970
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Final Thesis Defense

Aerospace Engineering MS.A Program Checklist (XLSX)

Plan B Report - 30 credits

Students complete an approved project and write and defend a report documenting the work done and conclusions reached.

  • Coursework (27 credits):
    • 15 credits Aero Core
    • 3 credits advanced math
    • 9 credits technical electives
  • Project: 3 credits MAE 6950
  • Project Proposal
  • Final Report Defense

Aerospace Engineering MS.B Program Checklist (XLSX)

Plan C Coursework - 33 credits

Students complete coursework to satisfy degree requirements.

  • Coursework (33 credits):
    • 15 credits Aero Core
    • 3 credits advanced math
    • 15 credits technical electives

Aerospace Engineering MS.C Program Checklist (XLSX)

Aerospace Engineering Masters approved course list

PhD Program

You don’t have to be an experienced researcher to purse a PhD. We welcome applications from those who are passionate about aerospace engineering. Research topics could include guidance, navigation, control, orbital rendezvous and proximity operations, astrodynamics, orbital navigation, spacecraft trajectory optimization, aerodynamics, aircraft design and optimization, and flight mechanics. Students may start a PhD program after a bachelor’s or master’s program.

The Aerospace Engineering PhD may be started from a bachelor's or a master's degree. If starting from a bachelor's, students may opt to complete a MS Plan C on the way to the PhD. Either plan requires core aerospace coursework and technical electives in aerospace related areas. All graduate students must complete School of Graduate Studies' (SGS) forms and requirements. All PhD students must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) online training to enhance their understanding of research ethics and practices.

Beyond a Bachelor's Degree

  • 72-81 credits required:
    • 18 credits Aerospace Engineering Core
    • 6 credits advanced math
    • 12 credits Aerospace electives
    • 36 credits Dissertation Research
  • Pass 3 PhD Qualifying Exams (80% or above)
  • MS Plan C Option (81 credit minimum)
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Paper submitted to refereed journal
  • Final Dissertation Defense

Aerospace Engineering PhD.BS Checklist (XLSX)

Beyond a Master's Degree

  • 42 credits required:
    • 9 credits Aerospace Engineering Core
    • 3 credits advanced math
    • 30 credits Dissertation Research
  • Pass 3 PhD Qualifying Exams (80% or above)
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Paper submitted to refereed journal
  • Final Dissertation Defense

Aerospace Engineering PhD.MS Checklist (XLSX)

Aerospace Engineering PhD Approved Course list

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