New online master’s degree combines aerospace engineering, business and leadership

Accelerated program designed to develop the next generation of global aerospace leaders

Aerospace engineers seeking to excel as future leaders can advance in their careers through a new online degree program blending strategic technology, business, and leadership skills through a partnership between the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and the INSEAD business school. The innovative, part-time program offers aerospace engineers the opportunity to seamlessly pursue a graduate degree in an online environment while applying their knowledge to their career.   

The Master of Engineering in Global Aerospace Leadership is the first online degree for Michigan Aerospace Engineering and is offered through Nexus, Michigan Engineering’s learning portal that designs and supports online programs. Michigan Engineering’s online graduate programs were ranked 7th in the nation in 2022 by U.S. News & World Report.

“I’m thrilled that our Aerospace Engineering department is able to provide this new degree path. Innovative education like this provides more options for students seeking to make a difference in the field. It is an excellent example of how Michigan Engineering continues to evolve engineering education to provide scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world.” says Alec D. Gallimore, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering.

The program has been developed in response to countless industry stakeholder conversations over the last few years.

“We’ve been hearing about a need for a program like this from our corporate partners. The aerospace engineering field has been transforming at an unprecedented rate, and we want to help aerospace professionals rise to meet the rapidly changing landscape. We — like so many companies, technologies and startups in our field — are innovating to respond to the marketplace.”

Anthony Waas, Richard A. Auhll Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering

Pairing advanced aerospace engineering curriculum with training that encompasses business, leadership, and entrepreneurial acumen, the Master of Engineering in Global Aerospace Leadership is a completely unique program. George Halow, professor of practice in aerospace engineering and director of the program, explains, “We set out to develop a degree focused on engineering leadership that provides a deeper integration of both technical knowledge and business skills unprecedented in advanced education today. It’s being offered in an accelerated online format so early- to mid-career engineers can develop their skills while still working full-time. It is a big step for Michigan Aerospace in providing a complete portfolio of lifelong learning opportunities for our industrial partners, and we want to be the educational institution of choice in meeting their needs.”  

Michigan Aerospace’s graduate programs are consistently ranked in the top five nationwide, while partner INSEAD, providing the business management courses for the program, is considered one of the top business schools in the world.

The program expects to welcome its first cohort of students in Fall 2023.  

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Alec Gallimore is also the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Aerospace Engineering.