School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
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Graduate Program

ASU's aerospace engineering graduate program is ranked 22nd nationally among public institutions and encourages independent and innovative study. Modern computational and laboratory facilities are available to support timely research investigations.

All graduate degree programs stress a solid foundation in technical fundamentals, communication and professionalism, along with access to several interdisciplinary programs. A broad‐based curriculum is offered in design, systems and control; fluid mechanics science and engineering; mechanics and dynamics of solids; and transport phenomena, thermodynamics and energy.

The Master of Science programs prepare engineers for doctoral study or industrial positions that specialize in research, project management and product innovation.

Aerospace Engineering, M.S.: The aerospace engineering faculty offer a Master of Science program. There are two track options: 1) a thesis option, and 2) a non-thesis option. The non-thesis option has two possible culminating experiences: 1) a comprehensive exam, or 2) an applied project. The thesis and applied project options require a faculty advisor. Admitted students are assumed to be in a non-thesis comprehensive exam option until a faculty advisor has been secured. In order to gain admission to the M.S. thesis option, qualified applicants must secure a faculty advisor prior to admission. Qualified applicants who have not secured a faculty advisor prior to admission decisions may be offered admission to the M.S. non-thesis option, with the opportunity to move to the M.S. thesis option after a thesis chair has been obtained. Additional information is in the Graduate Guidelines on the school website.

Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.: this program is directed toward original research; writing and defending a dissertation that describes an original contribution within the chosen discipline is required. The doctoral program emphasizes original research and provides students with a strong background for employment by academic institutions, government laboratories and industrial research laboratories.

Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D. (Engineering Education Concentration): Students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering are eligible to apply for the Engineering Education concentration (engineeringed.asu.edu/). The Engineering Education concentration combines research in engineering with research in education. The doctoral Engineering Education concentration will prepare students to become scholars, researchers orpractitioners in academia. The proposed concentration provides students with an opportunity to explorepedagogy, methodology, and curriculum and instruction and apply it to engineering.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students who are enrolled in the aerospace engineering doctoral program and who have not previously earned a Master of Science may apply for a master's-in-passing upon completion of 30 hours of appropriate graduate course work. Contact the graduate programs staff for additional information.

Please see the ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures for additional information.

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