Department of

Aerospace Engineering


Jack Langelaan with student

Graduate Programs

Penn State’s Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program is ranked in the top 15 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The department offers Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Application Deadlines

We encourage all prospective students to apply as early as possible – especially those students from outside the United States – to ensure that you have time to complete all necessary paperwork to study at Penn State.

*All application documents are due by deadline date.*

Application for M.Eng. Degree:

We are no longer accepting applications for the M.Eng. program for summer. As of April 30, applications are being accepted for Spring 2017 admission.

Application Deadlines for M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees, with or without funding:

For Spring 2017 enrollment: August 31, 2016.

NOTE: The Fall 2016 admission deadline has passed.

Spring admit decisions are typically made by mid-October.

Fall admit decisions are typically made by mid March/April

Please contact us with any questions at

A Message to Our Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Michael MicciWelcome to the Graduate Program in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The department has 16 full-time, tenured or tenure track faculty in many different research areas in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, we have several emeritus professors and adjunct faculty members from Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory ARL, who teach courses and advise graduate students.

Our graduate population is around 120 (mostly full-time) graduate students, with approximately 55% enrolled in one of the Master's degree programs, and the remainder enrolled in the Ph.D. program.

I encourage prospective students to explore this web site as a portal to find out more information about our faculty’s different research areas, and to feel free to contact any of our faculty members whose research interests align with yours. Should you have any questions that aren't answered by our web site, please contact us at

Thank you

Professor Michael Micci
Director of Graduate Studies