The MSE degree is the primary master’s degree offered in our department and provides students with a more in-depth knowledge of Aerospace Engineering topics, beyond what is covered in the BSE program. Current U-M undergraduate Aerospace Engineering students may apply to the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS) program. This program makes it possible for students to pursue a five-year sequential BSE/MSE.
Although this is a coursework based degree, research opportunities exist for interested students. Current students can use the Master’s Program Requirements Checklist to keep track of their performance and progress towards the degree. The program typically takes three to four terms to complete.
For the MSE degree, 30 credit hours of coursework are required. Students have substantial flexibility in selecting courses to meet their individual needs. A single course cannot double count towards both the Aerospace Engineering graduate course requirement and the mathematics requirement.
Minimum of five Aerospace Engineering graduate courses with a B or better grade (excluding directed study courses (AERO 590) and seminars (AERO 585). EECS 565 counts as an Aerospace Engineering course, equivalent to AEROSP 580. It is generally recommended that MSE students take a combination of fundamental and elective courses that match their interests. Some elective courses are not offered every year and require having taken fundamental courses as prerequisites.
Minimum of two approved mathematics courses with a B or better grade.
Students beginning the master’s program in or after the Fall 2018 term do not have a cognate requirement.
Cognate courses are those that are in a discipline or area different from a student’s field of study but are related or connected with some aspect of this field. All cognate coursework must be approved by the graduate program.
The cognate requirement may be satisfied in two ways:
All the required courses (the five AEROSP 5XX and the two mathematics courses) must be completed with a grade of B or better. Rackham requires that students must end the program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher. U-M MSE students applying to the PhD will need a GPA of 3.5 or higher (as per the Preliminary Examination requirement) to be considered.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of directed study and become involved in research as part of their MSE experience. The MSE program does not include an option for a thesis per se; however, through AEROSP 590 , students can perform research work in close supervision of a faculty member and investigate a problem of common interest, resulting in a paper of publishable quality, if they so choose. Students should become acquainted with the research work being performed in the department and then contact faculty members with whom they find common research interest.
The master’s degree is a terminal coursework-based degree. Students interested in pursuing a PhD after the master’s degree must complete a full application to the PhD program. Most students successful in making this transition are students who engage with faculty during their time as master’s students, typically through directed-study projects.
If a student receives the support of a faculty member, ultimately in the form of a letter to the graduate office with an advising and funding commitment, that student will generally be admitted directly into the PhD program after passing the preliminary examinations. The student must meet with Denise Phelps, Graduate Student Services Coordinator, to review the admissions policy and determine eligibility. On the other hand, if a student applies for the PhD without secured faculty support, that student will be considered together with the other PhD applicants in that admissions cycle.