MS Degree Non Thesis - On Campus or Online

Students should indicate their intention to seek the non-thesis MS option when applying to the AE graduate program or through a departmental petition. The MS non-thesis option can be completed on campus or completely online.  It is designed to be completed in 1 year (16 hours per semester) of self-supported, full-time study. The Department of Aerospace Engineering does not provide funding for students in this program. It is expected that students pursuing the MS without Thesis degree will pay tuition and fees for the duration of their studies.

Students wishing to switch to the MS with Thesis program must have a faculty member who will oversee research and advise their thesis.  Securing a research advisor may include financial support in the form of research assistantship or teaching assistantship, but does not guarantee it.  

Students may transfer to the MS with thesis program at any time with research advisor’s approval and should reach out directly to possible advisors whose research areas and interests align with their own.  Any AE faculty member or AE Affiliate may serve as your research advisor.

Degree requirements

The MS non-thesis degree requirements are summarized in the table below.



Total Coursework

32 hrs

(Up to 4 hrs of coursework may be in AE 597 or another independent study course)

500-level coursework:

12 hrs

AE coursework:

8 hrs at the 500-level in AE

Math coursework:

1 course from approved list

Thesis credit:


AE 590 Seminar:

Enrolled all semesters; attend 10 seminars per semester

Breadth coursework:

1 course from all three specialty areas

AE coursework required:

(400-level or above)

16 hrs

The MS non-thesis degree requires 32 hours of coursework. Students must choose at least one course from each of the three AE specialty areas (AFMCP: Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Combustion and Propulsion; CDS: Controls and Dynamical Systems; SMM: Solid Mechanics and Materials) and may concentrate in more depth in one particular area if they choose. They can also develop cross-disciplinary programs in consultation with their advisor.

For more information about AE graduate programs and courses, or to apply online, visit the graduate section of the AE website.

Program Information

In the non-thesis option, 32 hours of graded course work are required, selected in the following ways:

  • All students in the MS non-thesis option must complete one course from all three areas listed among the Aerospace Engineering Breadth Requirements.
  • Graduate students are expected to exhibit competence in applied mathematics. MS students may meet this requirement by taking a minimum of 3-4 hours of courses listed among Mathematics Requirements.
  • The MS without Thesis Check List needs to be completed in consultation with your advisor to plan your program. A DARS Audit is an unofficial audit of progress toward the undergraduate student degree that reflects courses currently in progress. Recommended courses for various areas of research are also listed in the Suggested Program Tracts.


All MS degree candidates must complete Check Lists with their advisors to plan their programs.

Graduate Contacts

Ioannis Chasiotis   
Director of Graduate Studies

Jenna Russell

Jenna Russell
Graduate Programs Coordinator

Dung Quach Wisdom

Dung Quach Wisdom
Graduate Programs Advisor