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Aerospace Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)

Take your next step toward a new frontier of professional or scholarly success.

Our research, particularly in the areas of nanomaterials, energy systems, and fuels and combustion — as led by the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center — is enhanced by our relationship with the Air Force Research Laboratories. As an aerospace engineering graduate student at the University of Dayton, you have the remarkable opportunity to conduct research with this world leader in the development of aircraft and aerospace materials. The University of Dayton is the top university in Ohio — and ranks among the top universities in the nation — for federally funded aerospace research.

Our program in aerospace engineering allows you to choose from numerous research opportunities. Learn about aircraft fuels and combustion. Explore alternative fuels for future use in homes, transportation and industrial energy systems. Experiment with robotics and controls or nanomaterial characterization. You can be involved in kinematic design, aerospace design, or even delve into the finer aspects of noise control. Our goal is to help you turn your ideas and interests into real-life research.

If you find that you want to focus your studies further, we offer concentrations in aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion, aircraft structures and flight vehicle dynamics.

Regardless of your area of interest, full- and part-time programs are available that enable you to work with faculty members who have gained international recognition for their research and are dedicated to your success. Our program offers convenient day and evening classes to accommodate your schedule.

Our doctoral program consists of 60 semester hours beyond a master's degree. This includes 30 hours for a dissertation and 30 hours of coursework, 12 of which are in advanced mathematics.

(M.S.) Admission Requirements

Applicants to the aerospace engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available for some programs; however, some restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

(Ph.D.) Admission Requirements

Applicants to the aerospace engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available for some programs; however, some restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Click the "Review Degree Requirements" link and select your area of interest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of financial aid are available through the department?
Some graduate assistantships and fellowships are available through the department. Contact the department chair for more information.

What graduate specialty areas are offered in the department?
The mechanical and aerospace engineering department offers a variety of concentrations to students. Within mechanical engineering, students may select practice-oriented design and manufacturing, materials, thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics or mechanical design. Students interested in aerospace engineering may select concentrations in aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion, aircraft structures or flight vehicle dynamics.

How many credit hours are required to obtain a master's degree?
A master’s degree in either aerospace or mechanical engineering requires the completion of 30 semester credit hours.

When are courses offered?
Generally courses are offered from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. or 6 to 7:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, allowing students who work full time to take advantage of our graduate programs.

What are the degree requirements?
Students in a master's degree program must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (B) in course work, with no more than six semester hours with a grade of ‘C’. Students who do not meet this standard are placed on academic probation or dismissed. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work at UD. Up to six semester hours (or the equivalent) of graduate studies outside the University of Dayton may be accepted toward the master’s degree.

Students seeking a Ph.D. must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master's degree. This includes a minimum of 30 semester hours for the dissertation and a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work. Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in advanced mathematics. The dissertation must either add to the fundamental knowledge of the field, or provide a new and better interpretation of facts already known. It is expected to result in one or more manuscripts suitable for publication in a refereed journal.