The master’s degree is a coursework-based degree. The specific choice of courses is flexible, and 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.
Although not required, students interested in research can pursue individual directed-study projects with faculty members as part of their experience in the AERO graduate program. The Master’s Program Requirements Checklist can be used to track progress towards the degree.
Faculty academic advisors are assigned to each AERO master’s student and can provide guidance on class selection and developing a plan of study. Faculty academic advisors are communicated at the start of the term.
Students can visit the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Services Coordinator for assistance with all aspects of their degree program.
Admission to the master’s program is not accompanied by financial aid, and most MSE students are self-funded throughout their program. Only after one or two semesters, and in very limited cases, are there opportunities for master’s students to have graduate student instructor (GSI) or graduate student research assistant (GSRA) positions.
When there is an open GSI, GSRA or grader positions an email is sent to all AERO master’s students. This is usually in August and September. Applications received prior to these requests are not accepted. Although first term master’s students may apply for these positions, it is uncommon for master’s student to be selected in their first term, as most positions are filled by PhD students and former U-M undergraduate students.