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Graduate Degree Programs

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Aerospace Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

The MS in Aerospace Systems Engineering and the MSE in Mechanical Engineering each require 30 semester hours and are available as two options.  The thesis option requires 24 hours of graduate coursework and 6 hours of thesis.  Students under this option must complete a written thesis and an oral defense.  The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of graduate coursework.  Graduates of our MS programs should be able to solve complex engineering problems using appropriate techniques, to use formal mathematics to clarify engineering analyses, and to clearly communicate engineering solutions to others. 

The PhD in Aerospace Systems Engineering or in Mechanical Engineering requires the successful completion of an independent research project culminating in a dissertation.  Graduates are expected to demonstrate critical thinking, an ability to do an independent, original investigation, and mastery of an area of scholarly literature. 

The Program of Study consists of a minimum of 66 course and research semester hours beyond the B.S degree.  A minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework beyond the Department’s MS degree is required.  The Program of Study also includes two examinations, the qualifying exam which consists of two parts, and the dissertation defense which is formally referred to as the Final Comprehensive exam.  The two-part qualifying exam includes a written preliminary examination and a subsequent oral exam including the proposal of a dissertation topic.  Descriptions of all examinations are provided in the MAE Department Office.

Admissions Requirements

For unconditional admission to the MS and MSE programs, an applicant should have

JUMP applicant only (UAH undergraduates)

  • a UAH overall GPA of at least 3.50 at the time of admission
  • completed the following five courses with an average of 3.25 including retakes: MAE 272, MAE 284, MAE 310 OR MAE 330, MAE 341, and MAE 370

Typical applicant

  • a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 relevant hours of a baccalaureate degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering or a related field, and
  • scores of 145 (verbal) and 155 (quantitative) on the GRE examination.

An applicant who receives conditional admission may be required by the Program Coordinator to complete additional preparatory courses and to meet additional GPA requirements during the first 12 semester hours of study.

For unconditional admission to the PhD programs, an applicant should have

  • a relevant graduate and undergraduate degree history,
  • a 3.25 GPA on all relevant graduate course work at the time of admission,
  • scores of 145 (verbal) and 155 (quantitative) on the GRE examination,
  • one letter of reference from a faculty member who can speak to the candidate’s research capacity,
  • a written statement from a faculty member in the MAE Department indicating a commitment to advising the student during the first academic year of the student’s program of study.

If admission to the PhD program directly from the baccalaureate degree is requested, a 3.25 GPA on the last 60 relevant hours of a baccalaureate degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering or in a related field replaces the 3.25 GPA requirement on graduate course work. 

The requirement regarding the GRE examination can be waived for applicants with a completed MS degree in a relevant field from an accredited American university.

Information for current and prospective students

For more information, please contact the MAE Office at (256) 824-6154 or or contact one of our Graduate Program Coordinators:

Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Farbod Fahimi
(256) 824-6571

Aerospace Systems Engineering
Dr. Jason Cassibry
(256) 824-5107