Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering

The College of Aeronautics & Engineering (CAE) seeks highly qualified, independent, and ambitious applicants for its graduate programs in aerospace engineering.  We feature a diverse faculty conducting ground-breaking research and development in four distinct, multi-disciplinary research themes.

We feature faculty with expertise in aircraft design, space exploration, thermal-fluid sciences, data science, artificial intelligence, robotics, fuel cell propulsion and sustainability, and eVTOL propulsion.

Students who join the aerospace engineering programs at Kent State University should prepare for immersing themselves in research.  Students are expected to contribute to CAE’s research teams, working with federal, state, and industry collaborators on a broad range of issues.  All our students complete a combination of coursework and research that contributes to our discipline.

We offer the following graduate programs in aerospace engineering:

  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (non-thesis option)

  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (thesis option)

  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering

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The Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering provide an advanced theoretical and/or research-oriented curriculum with significant depth in aerospace-specific disciplines, beyond the general fundamentals of the engineering bachelor’s degree.

The program is offered at the Kent Campus.

Please see the Kent State University Graduate Admissions website for the most up-to-date program requirements.

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“Our engineering programs seamlessly partner with our engineering technology programs, providing an academic experience that is unlike any offered at an institution of higher education. Only in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering will students be offered the opportunity, even encouraged, to blend learning experiences and swing between the foundational principles of underlying theory and analysis techniques and the most current application and design methods. In other words, our students at every level are encouraged to not only discover but also to integrate and apply.” - Maureen McFarland, Ph.D., Associate Dean 


Components of the Master of Science Degree

 

Credit Hours

Seminar requirement

1.0

Mathematics requirement

3.0

Engineering-focus electives

9.0

Engineering electives

9.0

Research requirement (ENGR 65098)*

3.0

Thesis or non-thesis option**

6.0

Total

31.0

*All students must meet this requirement for the M.S. degree.
**Students enrolled in the non-thesis option take 6.0 credit hours of coursework from major electives.
ENGR 65098 research requirement.
Non-thesis option.  Students enrolled in the non-thesis option must contact a faculty member who they would like to conduct research for.  Once a faculty member agrees to work with the student on a topic, students will enroll in a research course under that faculty member.
Thesis option.  Students will work with their faculty research advisor and allocate a portion of their research to completing this 3.0 credit hour research requirement. 
 

Components of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree

 

Post Baccalaureate

Post Master’s

Seminar requirement

3.0

3.0

Engineering-focus electives

18.0

0.0

Engineering electives

30.0

18.0

Research requirement (ENGR 65098)*  

9.0

9.0

Dissertation

30.0

30.0

Total

90.0

60.0

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