An unmanned aircraft is tested in the wind tunnel. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & MarketingThe department awards a master's degree and is involved in a joint master's degree program with Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. We also award a doctoral degree. We graduate approximately 60 master's students per year and 20 PhDs. The graduate degrees offered are:

  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE): This is the master's degree pursued by most of our graduate students. It requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering.
  • Master of Engineering (Space Engineering): This program is designed to give students hands-on, real-world expertise in space mission systems engineering at a "professional" master's degree level. Jointly developed by Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, the program uses an interdisciplinary approach appropriate for students from a wide variety of engineering backgrounds.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): This is the doctorate pursued by most of our graduate students.

The Department also offers the opportunity for Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate study (SUGS) for top students in the undergraduate program, leading to the MSE degree. Learn more about the SUGS program and requirements

Teaching and research activities in the department are organized into three main areas:

Our graduate students perform cutting edge research in areas related to air and space vehicles, vehicle systems and associated technologies such as:

  • Adaptive control for aerospace applications
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Aerospace information systems
  • Autonomous air vehicles
  • Combustion and energy sciences
  • Composite structures
  • Computational and data sciences 
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Control of propulsion systems
  • Electric propulsion and plasma physics
  • Hypersonic vehicles
  • Morphing air vehicles
  • Multidisciplinary design and optimization
  • Rotorcraft aeromechanics
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Spacecraft dynamics, control, and systems engineering
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Turbulence and fluid mechanics
  • Wind energy