Aerospace Engineering

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering – Aerospace

Area Director:  Prof. X. Zhong,

Certificate Program Description:  The main objective of this program is to provide students with a broad knowledge of major technical areas of Aerospace Engineering to fulfill the current and future needs of the aerospace industry.  The major technical areas included in this program are aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), systems and control, and structures and dynamics.  The courses cover fundamental concepts of science and engineering of aerodynamics, computational aerodynamics, digital control of physical systems, linear dynamic systems, linear optimal control, design of aerospace structures, dynamics of structures, and aeroelastic effects in structures. If students have taken MAE 150B, 171B, and 154B or equivalent in their undergraduate institutions, they can take other courses, approved by the Area Director, as a replacement.

Degree Requirements:

At least nine courses are required (36 Units), of which at least Five must be graduate courses at the 200 level (excluding ENGR 299 Capstone Project course), and meet Comprehensive Exam Requirement.

Select a minimum of six courses from the following:

MAE 150B, MAE 154B, MAE 171B, MAE 250C, MAE 250D, MAE 269A, MAE 269D, MAE 270A, MAE 270B, MAE 271A

Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement in two ways: Choose (1 option below)

Option 1:

Take and Pass ENGR 299 Capstone Project course.

Option 2:

Take and pass three written exams for three different graduate level courses within the student’s area of specialization. The written exams are held concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses. Students may select which exams they would like to count towards the Comprehensive Exam requirement.


As long as you have met the requirements above the remaining courses may be selected from  other Engineering departments. No approval is necessary

Thesis Plan



Students are expected to complete the degree within two academic years and one quarter, including two summer sessions. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.