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Graduate Studies

Launch a career that will shape the future—and yours.

A graduate degree from the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering is more than a piece of paper you can frame and hang in your office. It’s a pathway to a responsible and rewarding career in one of the most ever-evolving, critical fields that contribute to programs of national importance and have a significant, positive impact on global society and its future.

Penn State ranks as the #1 engineering school for aerospace and defense industry recruitment. It’s also home to a Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence which is funded by the Department of Defense and NASA.

Our graduate programs provide outstanding research opportunities across a broad spectrum of topics relevant to industry today, and encompass both computational and experimental research approaches. Students may embrace traditional fields like aerodynamics, propulsion, flight science, vehicle dynamics, aeroacoustics, and rotorcraft engineering, as well as leading-edge research areas such as UAVs, commercial space, nanomanufacturing, and wind energy.

With 16 full-time, distinguished faculty, our department offers a tight-knit, collegial community that fosters innovation, learning, and collaboration among students, engineers, professionals in the aerospace industry, and government agencies. Each student receives individualized attention to develop a superior foundation for academic and professional success.

Students have access to a multitude of first-rate facilities to support their research, including subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels, indoor UAV flight space, turbine engines, helicopter rotor rigs, vibration and acoustics labs, and high-performance computer clusters.

Whether your career interest lies in industry, government, or academia, our graduate programs will provide the launching pad for a successful career that will help shape the future of our world.

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Aerospace Engineering

Application Deadline: We follow a rolling admissions process for the M.Eng. program. Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2017 admission. Application deadline for Fall 2017 enrollment is January 31, 2017.

The M.Eng. is a non-thesis professional master’s degree. An intensive one-year, 30-credit program, the M.Eng. requires completion of a capstone experience. This is an ideal program for an engineer with a bachelor’s degree who wishes to expand his or her set of career possibilities in aerospace-related fields. It is also pursued by very highly qualified students who wish to accelerate progress towards a Ph.D. degree.

View core course requirements.


Master of Science (M.S.) in Aerospace Engineering

Application Deadline (with or without funding):

  • January 31, 2017, for Fall 2017 enrollment
  • August 31, 2017, for Spring 2018 enrollment

Spring admission decisions are typically made by mid-October. Fall admission decisions are typically made by mid-March or early April.

The M.S. is a thesis-based master’s degree having a significant research component. It requires a minimum of 30 credits and is designed to be completed in two years. This is an ideal program for an engineer with a bachelor’s degree who wishes to go deeper into research in specific areas of interest. The M.S. may be a terminal degree for students who intend to pursue research-related careers, or it may be a stepping stone en route to a Ph.D. degree.

View core course requirements.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aerospace Engineering

Application Deadline (with or without funding):

  • January 31, 2017, for Fall 2017 enrollment
  • August 31, 2017, for Spring 2018 enrollment

Spring admission decisions are typically made by mid-October. Fall admission decisions are typically made by mid-March or early April.

The Ph.D. is a thesis-based doctoral degree. It is very strongly research-oriented and is a terminal degree for students who intend to pursue careers in research and development, research management, or university teaching. It is an excellent program for an individual with a master’s degree in engineering, physical science, or mathematics who wishes to pursue a career in academic, governmental, and/or industry research in the field.

View core course requirements.


Minor in Computational Science

Application Deadline: Students must apply before their last semester.

The minor in computational science, administered by the aerospace engineering department, is an interdisciplinary minor that provides an opportunity for graduate students in all colleges and majors across the University to pursue a focused set of courses that emphasize all aspects of computational science. Computational science involves using computers to study scientific problems, and complements the areas of theory and experimentation in traditional scientific investigation. Each student's program is planned by the student and a designated computational science adviser, in consultation with the graduate adviser in the student's major field.

For more information, please visit the CSCI website.


Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy

The Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy is ideal for you if you are looking to get involved in or lead advances in the wind energy industry. Whether you are a current or aspiring practitioner in the field, the certificate program can provide you with the opportunity to improve your skills and further your career. This 9-credit online Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy is offered through Penn State's World Campus, making it possible to further your education while meeting your current responsibilities. This certificate provides you with a highly relevant wind energy curriculum taught by faculty with world-class expertise. A graduate certificate in wind energy can help you add an important credential to your résumé — as you acquire a skill set valued across the wind energy industry. In addition, you get the convenience and flexibility of completing your coursework at times and places that fit into your life and current schedule.

For more information, please visit the Penn State World Campus website.

 
 

About

The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 16th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569