MS/MEng Degree Program

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is ranked #6 by U.S. News & World Report (2021).

Aerospace Engineering offers two MS degree types: MS degree with Thesis and MS degree Non-Thesis On Campus. In addition, the department offers an Aerospace Systems Engineering track.

Requirements for all MS Degrees

  • All graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 to continue in the AE Graduate Program.  The cumulative GPA is computed on all courses taken for credit except thesis and seminar courses in which DF, S, and U grades are recorded. 
  • The Grading System can be found on page 22 of the Graduate Student Handbook.
    The Department of Aerospace Engineering requires a grade of C- or better in order for a course to count toward degree requirements. 
  • All graduate students must register in the seminar course AE 590 and must attend all seminars each semester while they are on campus. 
  • MS students are expected to select courses in consultation with an MS advisor.
  • MS students may count a maximum of four (4) credits of Technology and Entrepreneurship (TA) graduate coursework toward their degree.
  • The University of Illinois requires all students working research laboratories to receive training in general lab safety.  In order to meet this requirement, all graduate students working in research laboratories must complete MSE 492/Lab Safety Fundamentals by the second offering after enrollment.  MSE 492/Lab Safety Fundamentals is not a graded course and so does not count toward the credit requirement for the MS and MS non-thesis degree programs.

Graduate Options and Joint Programs

AE graduate students have the option of combining their AE degrees with joint programs offered through Computational Science and Engineering, the MBA Program, and the Medical Scholars Program.

Degree Conferral

MS and PhD degrees are conferred in May, August, and January. In order to receive a degree, the student's name must be on the graduation list for the appropriate graduation date. Students should submit their names to the AE Departmental Office at the beginning of the semester in which they intend to deposit their thesis.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering does not have a separate commencement ceremony. Students graduating with a degree from the AE Dept. attend the College of Engineering and/or University of Illinois commencement ceremonies.

Time Limitations

Aerospace Engineering requires on-campus candidates for the non-thesis MS degree to complete all the requirements within four semesters and for the MS with thesis to complete all the requirements within five semesters.

Graduate Contacts

Ioannis Chasiotis   
Director of Graduate Studies

Jenna Russell

Jenna Russell
Graduate Programs Coordinator

Dung Quach Wisdom

Dung Quach Wisdom
Graduate Programs Advisor

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