Aerospace Engineering (M.S., D.E., Ph.D.)

Take your next step toward a new frontier of professional or scholarly success.

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 Laboratories. As an aerospace engineering graduate student at the University of Dayton, you have the remarkable opportunity to conduct research with this world leader 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. Learn about aircraft fuels and combustion. Explore 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.

If you find that you want to focus your studies further, we offer concentrations in aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion, aircraft structures and flight vehicle dynamics.

Regardless of your area of interest, 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.

Our doctoral program consists of 60 semester hours beyond a master's degree. This includes 30 hours for a dissertation and 30 hours of coursework, 12 of which are in advanced mathematics.

(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.

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(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.

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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