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The Department of Aerospace Engineering requires a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (A=4) for previous B.S. degree and graduate work. However, having a GPA higher than the minimum is no guarantee of admission. Also applicants having an MS degree generally must meet a higher standard.
Applicants must have a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering or a closely related field form an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad in order to be eligible to apply.
The department does admit students whose backgrounds are not in aerospace engineering. However, it is usually necessary for those students to take undergraduate-level courses in their area of interest not-for-credit in order to meet the graduate courses prerequisites. Students whose backgrounds are not in aerospace engineering should look at the undergraduate program, suggested graduate program tracts and the course catalog for information about what coursework is required to prepare for the graduate program.
The department does not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE but a quantitative score of at least 155 is recommended.
Scores on the Graduate Record Examination, General Test, are required of all applicants to the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Score reports must be coded to reach our program directly from ETS. The code for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836. The code for the Department of Aerospace Engineering is 1601. Scores from ETS are entered into one university database so there is no need to resubmit scores if you apply to more than one department.
The minimum Tes of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for admission is 103. Students who wish to be considered for teaching assistantships should have a score of at least 24 on the Speak section of the TOEFL exam.
The TOEFL is required of applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship. We will also accept IELTS scores. For more information, please check English proficiency requirements.
Please use the University's online graduate application. Please read the application instructions. A checklist is provided to help you assemble the information and support material you will need when completing the application. A nonrefundable application processing fee is required with the submission of your application. This fee cannot be waived. The application fee for domestic applicants is $70; for international applicants, the fee is $90.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering requires the following application materials:
lambrosillinois [dot] edu (Prof. John Lambros)
Associate Head, Graduate Programs
tankillinois [dot] edu (Staci Tankersley)
Program Coordinator, Graduate Programs
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