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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers programs of study that lead to a Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in aerospace engineering. Our on-site research facilities include a state-of-the-art wind tunnel and a full-motion flight simulator. And, our close relationships with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) enhance scholarship opportunities. Through our department, research partners find students and faculty ready to advance aircraft design, aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, thermal management, propulsion, aerospace structures, and fuel and combustion science. We're committed to collaborative learning and helping our students develop as professional engineers and scholars.

Areas of emphasis

  • Aerospace fluids
  • Aerospace design
  • Aerospace structure
  • Aerospace propulsion

M.S. Admission Requirements

Applicants to the aerospace engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available for some programs; however, some restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

(Ph.D., D.E.) Admission Requirements

Applicants to the aerospace engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available for some programs; however, some restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

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Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Kettering Laboratories 361 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238

937-229-2835 

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