Graduate Admissions

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is an international leader in aerospace education, research and innovation. With the #7 nationally ranked graduate program, internationally renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities, the department has been committed to preparing graduate students for exceptional academic and professional careers 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. The M.S. and M.Eng. are also offered as online degree programs.

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Focus Areas 

A student may pursue major studies in one of the following general areas: 

Certificate Programs

Students may also elect to enroll in certificate programs in the following certificate programs:

  • Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Aerospace Structural Mechanics
  • Hypersonics
  • Spaceflight Engineering 
  • Aerospace Design and Systems Engineering.

Success in Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering graduates can pursue careers in aerospace, automotive work, defense, engines, government work, manufacturing, security and more.

Facts and rankings:

  • #7 ranked aerospace engineering graduate program
  • 93% of graduates secure first-choice destinations
  • $83,188 average starting salary

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Graduate Contacts

Ioannis Chasiotis   
Director of Graduate Studies

Jenna Russell

Jenna Russell
Graduate Programs Coordinator

Dung Quach Wisdom

Dung Quach Wisdom
Graduate Programs Advisor