For applicants seeking admission into the Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 semesters, the GRE requirement has been waived. GRE scores will be accepted and, if provided, evaluated as part of your application. A strong GRE score can enhance your application.  Note that English proficiency is still required for all students for whom English is not their native language. The Office of Admissions ( provides complete information on TOEFL exemptions and English proficiency options.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an international leader in aerospace science and engineering. With top 10 nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs, internationally renowned faculty, and state-of-the-art research facilities, the department has been committed to excellence and leadership in teaching, research, and service since its inception in 1944.

Aerospace Engineering at Illinois offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aerospace Engineering (AE).  A student may pursue major study in one of the following general areas: aerodynamics, astrodynamics, combustion and propulsion, control systems, dynamical systems, fluid mechanics, structural mechanics, and materials, and space systems.  Students may also elect to enroll in certificate programs in aerodynamics and flight mechanics, aerospace materials, aerospace structural mechanics, spaceflight engineering and/or aerospace design and systems engineering.   

Undergraduate & Graduate Contacts

Brian S. Woodard

Brian S. Woodard
Director of Undergraduate Programs
(217) 300-8109

Laura Ann Gerhold

John Lambros

John Lambros
Interim Director of Graduate Studies
(217) 333-2242

Jenna Russell

Jenna Russell
Graduate Programs Coordinator

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