Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies

An overview of why the UMN AEM program is the best option for you.

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The UMN Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics produce well-rounded professionals who are ready to pursue successful and rewarding careers in research, industry, or as a university faculty member.

Each year, approximately 90 to 100 graduate students enroll and 30 students graduate from the programs.

AEM Graduate Program Statistics

We ranked #16 in the U.S. News 2016 Aerospace Engineering Graduate Programs listing.


Prospective Graduate Students

AEM Graduate Handbook

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With a strong focus on fundamental principles, multidisciplinary learning, and practical application through real-world research projects, our AEM graduate programs create the ideal next step for students with undergraduate degrees in mathematics, physics, or other branches of engineering who wish to further advance their education. Masters students can choose  to either pursue coursework only or engage in a curriculum that is more research intensive.

UMN AEM Faculty 

All recognized thought leaders in the aerospace field — are omnipresent in the classroom and the lab. Our full-time faculty teach courses throughout the year and at all levels of study. You can learn from and work with leading thinkers in the aerospace field.

Although the UMN is a big school, you won’t feel like a number at AEM. You’ll be part of a small, collegial, and close-knit department that is personally committed to every student’s success.