Aerospace Engineering, M.E.

Degree Requirements

An M.E. student must take a minimum of 30 hours of graded graduate courses. For M.E. degree, the student must take five required courses. All remaining course work must be taken from an approved list of courses, which includes engineering and mathematics courses numbered 500 or above. Other courses must be approved by the student’s advisor and the graduate studies committee. All candidates for the M.E. degree must complete comprehensive assessment that is distinct from program course requirements.

Program of Study for the Masters Program in Aerospace Engineering

Required Courses

All M.S. and M.E. candidates in Aerospace Engineering will be required to take the five (5) core courses listed below:

Course Title Credits
EMCH 508Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Engineering3
EMCH 577Aerospace Structures I3
EMCH 744Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics3
EMCH 585Introduction to Composite Materials3
EMCH 721Aeroelasticity3
Total Credit Hours15

Elective Aerospace Courses

All students in Aerospace Engineering must take a minimum of two (2) courses from the following courses:

Course Title Credits
EMCH 743Aircraft and Rocket Propulsion3
EMCH 777Aerospace Structures II3
EMCH 522Design for Manufacture and Assembly3
EMCH 544Compressible Fluid Flow3
EMCH 516Control Theory in Mechanical Engineering3
EMCH 532Intermediate Dynamics3
EMCH 571Mechanical Behavior of Materials3
EMCH 701Methods of Engineering Analysis3
ENCP 707Continuum Mechanics3
EMCH 721Aeroelasticity3
EMCH 751Advanced Heat Transfer3
EMCH 741Viscous and Turbulent Flow3
EMCH 794Thermodynamics3
EMCH 785Design of Composite Materials for Aerospace Structures3
EMCH 881Fatigue of Materials3

Other Elective Courses

All remaining work must be taken from an approved list of courses which currently includes all engineering courses numbered 500 or above and math courses numbered 700 or above. Business courses numbered 500 or above may be taken with advance approval by the advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee. Other courses will be added to the list as approved by the faculty.

Additional Program of Study Requirements

Course and Program Grades

Courses not satisfying the requirements for a graduate degree are:

  1. Any course with a grade of D+, D or F.
  2. More than 12 credits with grade of C+ or below (the 4-C Rule).
  3. Any course taken on a non-letter grade basis (except thesis).
  4. More than 12 semester hours of credits from a previous graduate degree program.

The student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in:

  1. All courses taken as part of the official degree program.
  2. All courses numbered 700 or above.
  3. All courses taken for graduate credit, including those not included in the official degree program.
  4. Pass/Fail — A “fail” grade counts toward the 4-C rule.

Comprehensive Examination

For the M.E. degree, a student passes the comprehensive exam by demonstrating competence in a written exam.