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.

Admission Requirements

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

  • a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 relevant hours of a baccalaureate degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering or a related field, and either

  • a score of 155 (quantitative) on the GRE examination or

  • an average GPA above 3.0 on all attempts at mathematics courses taken at all prior four-year or two-year institutions that would not include a pattern of course repeats with grade replacement or excessive course withdrawals. It is expected that the mathematics coursework would include a standard calculus sequence, at least one course in differential equations, and preferably a course in linear algebra.

JUMP Admissions

For UAH undergraduates, admission through the Joint Undergraduate Masters Program you should have 

  • 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

For more information about the application process and advisors, visit the JUMP page. 

International Applicants

For additional admissions information for international applicants see the graduate admissions page.

Program Description

The MS in Aerospace Systems Engineering and the MSE in Mechanical Engineering each require 30 credit 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.

General Program Policies

Course Selection

For both the thesis and non-thesis options, up to three 500 level courses may be counted towards the degree.

The majority of courses, not counting thesis courses, must be from MAE. Otherwise, graduate courses from the College of Engineering or College of Science are allowed to be counted towards the degree. For a course to count towards the degree, a grade of C or better in 600 and 700 level courses, or B and better in 500 level courses is required.

For thesis MS students, the semester of the thesis defense, students must register for at least 3 credit hours of thesis hours.

GPA Requirements

The minimum overall GPA for M.S. is 3.0. Falling below this will put you in academic probation. To graduate a minimum average GPA of 3.0 is required for 1) all courses taken, 2) all courses on the program of study, and 3) all 600 and 700 level courses.

Curriculum Structure for Both Options
Additional Information and Program Documents

Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Systems Engineering

For initial and non-thesis advising contact the Graduate Program Coordinator:

Dr. Keith Hollingsworth