Graduate Aerospace Engineering

At the University of Dayton, we offer M.S., Ph.D. or D.E. aerospace engineering programs that will challenge you to conceive, design and analyze products and systems. In our state-of-the-art wind tunnel and our full-motion flight simulator, you can conduct exciting, change-the-world research. We have a close relationship with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), so your scholarship opportunities are achievable. We're committed to collaborative learning and developing our students as professional engineers and scholars.

Career Outlook and Highlights

  • College Choice and U.S. News rate the University of Dayton's graduate engineering school in the top 60 in the nation. 
  • No. 1 — Catholic university for sponsored engineering R&D
  • No. 2 — Catholic university for sponsored aerospace engineering R&D
  • No. 15 — nationally for federally sponsored aerospace engineering R&D

Plan of Study

University Catalog for Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) in Aerospace Engineering

Master of Science (M.S.) in Aerospace Engineering

A minimum of 30 semester hours:

  • Thesis option: 24 semester hours of course work (8 classes) and 6 semester hours of research credit
  • Non-thesis option: 30 semester hours of course work (10 classes). (Suggested for International Students.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aerospace Engineering

A minimum of 60 semester hours:

  • 30 hours of course work beyond the M.S. and 30 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) in Materials Engineering

A minimum of 60 semester hours:

  •  39 semester hours beyond the M.S. and 21 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Areas of Research

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Flapping wing flight
  • Low-speed aerodynamics
  • Unmanned air vehicles

Program Details

Our research, particularly in the areas of nanomaterials, energy systems, and fuels and combustion — as led by the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center — is enhanced by our relationship with the Air Force Research Labs. Through our program, you'll have the remarkable opportunity to conduct research with world leaders in the development of aircraft and aerospace materials. The University of Dayton is the top university in Ohio and ranks among the top universities in the nation for federally funded aerospace research.

Our program in aerospace engineering allows you to choose from numerous research opportunities — aircraft fuels and combustion, alternative fuels for future use in homes, transportation and industrial energy systems. Experiment with robotics and controls or nanomaterial characterization. You can be involved in kinematic design, aerospace design, or even delve into the finer aspects of noise control. Our goal is to help you turn your ideas and interests into real-life research.

Full- and part-time programs are available that enable you to work with faculty members who have gained international recognition for their research and are dedicated to your success. Our program offers convenient day and evening classes to accommodate your schedule.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  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.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

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Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

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