The aerospace engineering graduate program at Missouri S&T offers multiple opportunities for collaboration on research and study.
You will get the benefit of working with the brightest minds in academia and industry. Our graduate students become leaders in their field whether it be in the corporate world, government agencies or higher education. Thesis master's students conduct groundbreaking research in our laboratories and research centers while being mentored by world-class faculty. Non-thesis master's and certificate programs are also available for those wanting to update and enhance their technical skills. All programs and certificates are available to distance students.
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In order to obtain a Masters of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, you must:
No course below the 5xxx level may be applied to the degree requirements. A graduate student accumulating 10 or more credit hours of C and F grades shall no longer be a candidate for an advanced degree from Missouri S&T. In order to earn a graduate degree, all students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all graduate work taken at Missouri S&T, as well as for all graduate courses listed on the program of study (Form 1 for master’s students).
The thesis is a document embodying the results of the student’s original investigation under the guidance of his/her Advisory Committee. It is expected that this document will yield scholarly products, typically one or more articles worthy of publication in high-quality archival journals. The student’s Advisory Committee will examine the student’s thesis closely for both scientific content and format. The thesis must be formatted appropriately. Formatting specifications and further information regarding theses are available through the Office of Graduate Education.
The oral examination is an oral defense of the student’s thesis. When the thesis is completed, the student distributes a copy to each member of his/her Advisory Committee and arranges a time and place for the oral examination. Each Advisory Committee member should be allowed to examine the thesis for at least seven working days before the oral examination. In order for the student to pass the oral examination, every member of the student’s Advisory Committee must vote affirmatively. Further information regarding the oral examination is available in the Graduate Catalog.
All graduate students are required to attend the Department Seminar Series.
In order to obtain a Masters of Science degree (non–thesis option) in Aerospace Engineering, a student must:
† No course below the 5xxx level may be applied to the degree requirements. A maximum of 4 credit hours of special problems may be applied to the degree requirements. A graduate student accumulating 10 or more credit hours of C and F grades shall no longer be a candidate for an advanced degree from Missouri S&T. In order to earn a graduate degree, all students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all graduate work taken at Missouri S&T, as well as for all graduate courses listed on the program of study (Form 1 for master’s students and Form 5 for doctoral students). Register for classes, after consulting with your Graduate Advisor, before each semester. Complete, in consultation with your Graduate Advisor, Graduate Form 1. This form lists all of the courses you have taken and plan to take. Your Graduate Form 1 must be submitted to the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs within six weeks of the beginning of the semester in which you take your fifteenth graduate credit hour. If there are any changes in your coursework, you must submit Graduate Form 1A. This form should be done once you are absolutely sure there will be no further changes. The Aerospace Graduate Form 1 (non-thesis) Checklist can be used to aid this process.
The following pre-graduation checklist can be used to plan the final steps of your program: Pre-Graduation Checklist for MS - Non-Thesis
In situations where two faculty members are actively involved in advising, you may have a Graduate Advisor and a Graduate Co–Advisor. The Graduate Advisor or Co–Advisor must be a faculty member of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department.
You are strongly discouraged from changing graduate advisors. When an unavoidable circumstance arises and warrants consideration for a change, you and the Graduate Advisor must meet with the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs to resolve the issue before you may select another Graduate Advisor.
For the non-thesis option, the student’s graduate advisor is automatically the associate chair for graduate affairs, except for distance students doing their degree from the Engineering Education Center in St. Louis.
Nearly 100% of all students who conduct research receive support for their studies.
In the aerospace engineering master’s thesis program at S&T, you will do research with our expert faculty in one of many areas that drive advances in aircraft, spacecraft or space systems, including aerodynamics, autonomous systems, propulsion, control, structures and materials and small satellites.
As an aerospace engineer, you can choose from a wide variety of careers, including research, design and development, field service, marketing, software development and teaching.
Most aerospace engineers work directly within the aerospace industry designing and developing flight-worthy aircraft.