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M.S. in Aerospace Engineering

Introduction

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE) provides formal advanced study, preparing students for careers in the aerospace industry and in research and development. Students can select the thesis option or the non-thesis option. The degree program is planned to augment the individual student’s engineering and science background with adequate depth in areas of computational fluid dynamics, aeroacoustic modeling, rotorcraft aerodynamics, flow control, Propulsion design and analysis, heat transfer, air-breathing hypersonic and rocket propulsion, autonomous unmanned air and ground vehicles, aircraft and spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, aeroelasticity, composites, nanomaterials, smart materials, structural health monitoring, computational structural mechanics, and design optimization, as well as other topics in aerospace engineering. Candidates for the program can select courses that prepare them for the aerospace engineering profession or that prepare them to continue on to doctoral studies.

The degree program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level work.

Degree Requirements

Non-Thesis Option

AE Core courses6
Graduate Mathematics course *3
Graduate Electives (at most six hours of non-AE courses in EP, other Engineering, Math, or BA 511, with Advisor and Program Coordinator approval)21
Total Credits30

Thesis Option

AE Core courses6
Graduate Mathematics course *3
Graduate Electives (at most six hours of non-AE courses in EP, other Engineering, Math, or BA 511, with Advisor and Program Coordinator approval)12
Thesis (AE 700) **9
To remain on track for Thesis work: upon completion of the first 3 credit hours of Thesis, the student is required to submit a Topic Statement. Upon completion of the second 3 credit hours of Thesis, the student is required to conduct a pre-defense. Consult with the graduate program coordinator for additional information.
Total Credits30
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Recommended Graduate Mathematics Courses:

MA 502 or EP 501 for both the Aerodynamics and Propulsion and the Structures and Materials Concentrations, and MA 502 or MA 510 for the Dynamics and Controls Concentration. Students are encouraged to consult an advisor within their respective areas. 

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 AE 700 Advisors must be AE Department faculty.

Areas of Concentration

Aerodynamics and Propulsion

This area includes Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Computational Aero and Fluid Dynamics, Transition and Turbulence, Aeroacoustics, Heat Transfer, and Combustion.

Core Courses for Aerodynamic and Propulsion Concentration
AE 504Advanced Compressible Flow3
AE 521Viscous Flow3
AE 528Advanced Incompressible Aerodynamics3
Electives for Aerodynamics and Propulsion Concentration
AE 507Design, Build and Test3
AE 508Intermediate Heat Transfer3
AE 512Combustion I3
AE 516Computational Aeronautical Fluid Dynamics3
AE 524Rocket Engine Propulsion Systems3
AE 536Rotorcraft Aerodynamics3
AE 550Thermodynamics: Classic and Modern Perspectives3
AE 596Graduate Internship in Aerospace Engineering **1-3
AE 610Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics3
AE 625Hypersonic Aerospace Propulsive Flows3
AE 631Aeroacoustics3
AE 635Flow Stability and Control3
AE 640Turbine Engine Propulsion Systems3
AE 652Turbulent Flows3
AE 699Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering ***1-3

Dynamics and Control

This area includes the six degrees of freedom rigid body dynamics of aerospace vehicles, linear and nonlinear modeling and simulation of the dynamics, state and parameter estimation and the control of aerospace vehicles.

Core Courses for Dynamics and Control Concentration
AE 523Modeling and Simulation of Linear Dynamic Systems3
AE 527Modern Control Systems3
AE 544Analytical Dynamics3
Electives for Dynamics and Control
AE 505Spacecraft Dynamics and Control3
AE 506Airplane Dynamic Stability3
AE 526Engineering Optimization3
AE 546Nonlinear Systems Analysis3
AE 596Graduate Internship in Aerospace Engineering **1-3
AE 623Atmospheric Navigation, Guidance and Control3
AE 626Aircraft Fault Tolerance and Advanced Control Theory3
AE 646Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Chaos3
AE 627Adaptive Control of Aerospace Structures3
AE 629Robust Control Systems3
AE 633Optimal Control3
AE 699Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering ***1-3

Structures and Materials

This area includes Structural Analysis, Vibration, Nondestructive Testing, Composite Materials, Elasticity, and Design Optimization.

Core Courses for Structures Concentration
AE 502Strength and Fatigue of Materials3
AE 510Aircraft Structural Dynamics3
AE 522Analysis of Aircraft Composite Materials3
Electives for Structures Concentration
AE 511Engineering Materials Selection3
AE 514Introduction to the Finite Element Method3
AE 520Perturbation Methods in Engineering3
AE 532Failure Analysis of Materials3
AE 534Smart Materials in Engineering3
AE 538Theory of Elasticity3
AE 540Structural Health Monitoring3
AE 542Mechanics of Structures: Variational and Computational Methods3
AE 596Graduate Internship in Aerospace Engineering **1-3
AE 606Finite Element Aerospace Applications3
AE 612Analysis of Aircraft Plate and Shell Structures3
AE 616Advanced Aircraft Structural Dynamics3
AE 618Aeroelasticity3
AE 648Thermal Stresses in Aerospace Engineering3
AE 699Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering ***1-3
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A maximum of 3 hours of AE 596, Graduate Internship in Aerospace Engineering, may be counted toward Graduate Electives degree requirement for the non-thesis option only.  A maximum of 3 hours of AE 699, Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering, may be counted toward Graduate Electives degree requirement for the non-thesis option only.  AE 699 advisors must be AE Department faculty.