The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an international leader in aerospace science and engineering. With top 10 nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs, internationally renowned faculty, and state-of-the-art research facilities, the department has been committed to excellence and leadership in teaching, research, and service since its inception in 1944.
Aerospace Engineering at Illinois offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Aerospace Engineering (AE). A student may pursue major study in one of the following general areas: aerodynamics, astrodynamics, combusion and propulsion, control systems, dynamical systems, fluid mechanics, structural mechanics, and materials.
MS DEGREE WITH THESIS
Candidates for the MS with thesis degree are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of graded course work and 8 hours of thesis credit, selected in the following ways:
At least 12 hours must be in the 500-level courses, and at least 8 of these 12 hours must be in Aerospace Engineering (may include up to 4 hours of 599 research credit). No independent study courses (i.e. 497 or 597) may be counted towards the MS with Thesis degree. 16 hours must be AE designated courses (i.e. AE 4XX or AE 5XX). Of these 16 hours, 8 hours may be thesis credit (i.e. 599). All students in the MS with Thesis option must complete a breadth requirement by taking one course from two of the three areas listed among the Aerospace Engineering Breadth Requirements. The courses listed among Aerospace Engineering Breadth Requirements cover fundamental concepts and are prerequisites for more advanced courses. Graduate students are expected to exhibit competence in applied mathematics. MS students may meet this requirement by taking a minimum of 3-4 hours of courses listed among Mathematics Requirements. A master's thesis for a minimum of 8 hours credit in AE 599 must be submitted. Only 8 hours of credit in AE 599 counts towards the MS degree even if the student registers for more AE 599 hours during the program. Students should seek out faculty members with research interests similar to their and explore possible thesis topics as early as possible. In many cases, faculty members will advise students to read various articles or to take specific courses in order to obtain the necessary background for conducting research in their areas of interest. Recommended courses for various areas of research are also listed in the Suggested Program Tracts. The MS with Thesis Check List needs to be completed in consultation with your advisor to plan your program. A DARS Audit is an unofficial audit of progress toward the undergraduate student degree that reflects courses currently in progress.
MS DEGREE NON THESIS ON CAMPUS
Students should indicate their intention to seek the non-thesis MS option when applying to the AE graduate program or through a departmental petition. The MS without Thesis degree is designed to be completed in 1 year (16 hours per semester) of self-supported, full-time study. The Department of Aerospace Engineering does not provide funding for students in this program. It is expected that students pursuing the MS without Thesis degree will pay tuition and fees for the duration of their studies. Students wishing to switch to the MS with Thesis program must have a faculty member who will advise their thesis and provide funding. Department approval is required for the change in program.
In the non-thesis option, 32 hours of graded course work are required, selected in the following ways:
-At least 12 of these hours must be in 500-level courses, and at least 8 of the 12 hours must be in Aerospace Engineering. -All students in the MS non-thesis option must complete one course from all three areas listed among the Aerospace Engineering Breadth Requirements. -Graduate students are expected to exhibit competence in applied mathematics. MS students may meet this requirement by taking a minimum of 3-4 hours of courses listed among Mathematics Requirements. -The MS without Thesis Check List needs to be completed in consultation with your advisor to plan your program. A DARS Audit is an unofficial audit of progress toward the undergraduate student degree that reflects courses currently in progress. Recommended courses for various areas of research are also listed in the Suggested Program Tracts.
GRADUATE OPTIONS AND JOINT PROGRAMS
AE graduate students have the option of combining their AE degrees with joint programs offered through Computational Science and Engineering http://cse.illinois.edu/, the MBA Program https://business.illinois.edu/ ,and the Medical Scholars Program https://www.med.illinois.edu/mdphd/.
MS and PhD degrees are conferred in May, August, and January. In order to receive a degree, the student's name must be on the graduation list for the appropriate graduation date. Students should submit their names to the AE Departmental Office at the beginning of the semester in which they intend to deposit their thesis.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering does not have a separate commencement ceremony. Students graduating with a degree from the AE Dept. attend the College of Engineering and/or University of Illinois commencement ceremonies.
Aerospace Engineering requires on-campus candidates for the non-thesis MS degree to complete all the requirements within four semesters and for the MS with thesis to complete all the requirements within five semesters.
FURTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
-All graduate students must register in the seminar course AE 590 and must attend all seminars each semester while they are on campus. -MS students are expected to select courses in consultation with an MS advisor. -The University of Illinois requires all students working research laboratories to receive training in general lab safety. In order to meet this requirement, all graduate students working in research laboratories must complete MSE 492 http://catalog.illinois.edu/courses-of-instruction/mse/ /Lab -Safety Fundamentals by the second offering after enrollment. MSE 492 http://catalog.illinois.edu/courses-of-instruction/mse/ /Lab Safety Fundamentals is not a graded course and so does not count toward the credit requirement for the MS and MS non-thesis degree programs.
All graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 to continue in the AE Graduate Program. The cumulative GPA is computed on all courses taken for credit except thesis and seminar courses in which DF, S, and U grades are recorded.
Recipient: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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