Master of Science
The degree of Master of Science in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering usually requires the completion of an original research thesis in addition to coursework beyond the baccalaureate level.
The traditional research-oriented M.S. program with thesis emphasizes an advanced study and research experience that is particularly suited to prepare students for research and development careers in the industry or the government and for further graduate studies. To be eligible for the research option, a student must have identified an appropriate research area and be accepted as an M.S. thesis student by a member of the AME graduate faculty.
The coursework-emphasis plan is designed to meet the professional needs of part-time students and other students whose background and educational goals may be best served by additional instructed study in lieu of the research investigation involved in an M.S. thesis. To pursue this plan-of-study, students must indicate interest in the coursework-emphasis program on the application for admission. After admission, these students are encouraged to identify faculty members who will serve as their academic M.S. program advisers or they may complete the program under the overall guidance of the Graduate Liaison. The non-thesis M.S. program culminates in a comprehensive examination.
Only students pursuing the thesis option are eligible to be appointed for a graduate assistantship.
Students wishing to change from the thesis to non-thesis option must petition the AME graduate liaison, Dr. Liu. If the petition is approved, no more than 24 hours of credit will be transferred towards the fulfillment of the course requirements in the non-thesis option. Such a transfer cannot take place during a semester.
Doctor of Philosophy
The degree of Philosophical Doctor (Ph.D.) in aerospace or mechanical engineering requires the completion of an original research dissertation in addition to coursework beyond the bachelor's/master's degree.
Our Ph.D. program emphasizes an advanced study and research experience that is particularly suited to prepare students for research careers in industry or government and for positions in academia. To be eligible for the program, a student must have been admitted into the Ph.D. program. The student must then identify an appropriate research area and must be accepted as a Ph.D. student by a member of the AME graduate faculty. A general exam and a dissertation defense at the end of the research program assures that the student meets the high standards of this terminal degree.