The department awards master’s and doctoral degrees. We graduate approximately 50 Master’s students and 25 PhDs per year.
MSE is the master's degree pursued by most of our graduate students. It requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering.Get an AERO MSE
This is our sole doctorate degree. All of our doctoral students are fully funded through fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships.Get an AERO PhD
This MEng is an interdisciplinary degree with Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. It is designed to give students real-world expertise in space mission systems engineering.Get a MEng in Space Engineering
The department offers the opportunity for Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate study (SUGS) , leading to the MSE degree.Go straight from undergrad to graduate school »
Our graduate students perform cutting-edge research in aerospace engineering-related subjects. A combination of fundamental and applied research topics is a hallmark of our graduate program. In recent years our research has been additionally complemented by new efforts that are addressing engineering systems and applications research. These extend well beyond the traditional boundaries of aerospace engineering sciences and include such contemporary topics as energy usage, environmental sustainability, homeland defense, autonomous systems, and large-scale computing.
Top students from around the U.S. and worldwide have long been attracted to do their graduate studies at Michigan. This is in part because of the breadth and quality of the research being done here across all major technical disciplines of the field, and also for the outstanding environment for learning and growth.
Our large alumni base includes professors at prestigious universities, various level managers (including CEOs) in different aerospace corporations, government labs, etc. We graduated individuals such as Kelly Johnson, the famous Lockheed Skunk Works designer of many innovative aircraft including the SR-71. Several astronauts were educated in our department and many return to speak with students and faculty.
Aerospace engineering at U-M tackles the three fundamental areas that drive advances in aircraft and spacecraft.Our research areas
Department of Aerospace Engineering