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Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance






Associate Dean

Fourney, William L., Full Member


Wereley, Norman M., Full Member

Graduate Director

Flatau, Alison, Full Member

Distinguished University Professor

Chopra, Inderjit, Full Member


Baeder, James D., Full Member

Bauchau, Olivier,

Celi, Roberto, Full Member

Flatau, Alison, Full Member

Hubbard, James, Full Member

Lee, Sung W., Full Member

Lewis, Mark J., Full Member

Oran, Elaine S., Full Member

Pines, Darryll J., Full Member

Schmitz, Fredric H., Adjunct Member

Associate Professor

Akin, David L., Full Member

Barlow, Jewel B., Full Member

Cadou, Christopher, Full Member

Datta, Anubhav, Full Member

Martin, Pino, Full Member

Paley, Derek, Full Member

Sanner, Robert, Full Member

Sedwick, Raymond, Full Member

Winkelmann, Allen E., Full Member

Yu, Kenneth H., Full Member

Assistant Professor

Hartzell, Christine, Full Member

Jones, Anya R., Full Member

Laurence, Stuart, Full Member

Xu, Huan, Full Member

Research Associate

Carignan, Craig, Adjunct Member

Research Scientist

Nagaraj, V.T., Full Member

Assistant Research Scientist

Choi, Young Tai, Full Member

Hu, Wei Peter, Full Member

Affiliate Professor

Trouve, Arnaud, Full Member

Affiliate Associate Professor

Humbert, J. Sean, Full Member

Visiting Assistant Professor

Bowden, Mary L., Adjunct Member

Senior Lecturer

Healy, Liam, Adjunct Member


Fourney, William L., Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Anderson, John D., Full Member

Leishman, John G., Full Member

More ENAE Faculty Information

Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)   

Program Title and Classification

Aerospace Engineering

Graduate Degree Program

College: Engineering


The Aerospace Engineering Department offers a broad program in graduate studies leading to the degrees of Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy. Graduate students can choose from the following areas of specialization: aerodynamics and propulsion; structural mechanics and composites; rotorcraft; space systems; and flight dynamics, stability and control. Within these disciplines, the student can tailor programs in areas such as computational fluid dynamics, aeroelasticity, hypersonics, composites, smart structures, finite elements, space propulsion, robotics, and human factors.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • GRE General highly recommended for applicants seeking financial support (required if international applicant)**
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • CV/Resume
  • GPA: 3.2 for M.S. and 3.5 for Ph.D.

Applicants should have a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering (or in a closely related field) with a recommended minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0 from an accredited institution. Applicants with a marginal academic record may be conditionally approved for admission to the M.S. program if other evidence of accomplishment is provided (i.e. publications or exceptional letters of recommendation). Admission to the Ph.D. program requires an academic record indicating promise of the high level of accomplishment required for the degree. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is strongly recommended for admission, but only required for international applicants.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
16 May1 Nov
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
Preferred: 1 Feb / Final: 1 Mar29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S. )

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option: 30 credits

Minimum of 12 credits (four courses) in main study discipline (600 level or above)

Maximum of nine credits (3 courses) at the 400 level, of which not more than six credits may be department courses

Thesis option: ENAE 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits) is required

Non-thesis option: Scholarly paper is required

Aerodynamics and Propulsion

Structural Mechanics and Composites


Space Systems

Flight Dynamics, Stability and Control


The M.S. degree program offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Both options require 30 credits. At least 12 credits are to be in the main discipline. No more than 9 credits may be at the 400 level of which no more than 6 credits may be from department courses. For the thesis option, 6 credits of ENAE 799 (Master's Thesis Research) are required as well as the successful defense of the M.S. thesis. For the non-thesis option, students must write a scholarly paper.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

1. Doctoral students are required to complete 36 credits beyond the Bachelor's degree, in addition to 12 credits of ENAE 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

2. Major Area Requirement: Minimum of 18 credits are required within one departmental core area of specialization (Aerodynamics and Propulsion, Flight Dynamics Stability and Control, Rotocraft, Space Systems, or Structural Mechanics and Composites.

3. Minor Area Requirement: Minimum of 6 credits are required within one of the other departmental core areas of specialization, or from another department.

4. Math/Science Requirement: Minimum of nine credits of coursework must emphasize mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences, or computer sciences. No more than 3 credits can be from the College of Engineering. The one engineering course that can count toward this requirement must not be a course that could apply to either the major or minor concentration area. At least 3 credits must be at the 600 level or higher.


For the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the department requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework beyond the B.S. which should include: (1) not less than 18 hours within one departmental area of specialization, (2) at least 6 hours from among the other areas of specialization in the Department, and (3) not less than 9 hours in courses that emphasize the physical sciences or mathematics. At least 12 semester hours of credits taken to satisfy (2) and (3) must be 600 level or higher. The student must pass a written qualifying and an oral comprehensive examination and take 12 hours of dissertation credits.


Facilities and Special Resources

The departmental facilities for experimental research include the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, the Composites Research Laboratory, the Space Systems Laboratory, and the facilities of the Center for Rotorcraft Education and Research. The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, with its 8-foot high by 11-foot wide test section, has a maximum operating speed of 330 feet per second. It is used extensively for development testing by industry as well as for research. There are also two smaller subsonic tunnels and a supersonic tunnel that are used in support of departmental research programs.

The Composites Research Laboratory is located in the Manufacturing Building. Its facilities include a microprocessor-controlled autoclave, a vacuum hot press, a two-axis filament winding machine, an MTS 220 Kip uniaxial testing machine, an x-ray machine and an environmental conditioning chamber. The laboratory provides for a full spectrum of specimen and component manufacture, preparation and instrumentation, inspection, and testing.

The Space Systems Laboratory performs world-class research on space operations, with particular emphasis on neutral buoyancy simulation of space robotics and human factors. The Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility is a multi-million dollar laboratory built around a 50-foot diameter by 25-foot deep water tank for simulating the microgravity environment of space. Six different telerobotic systems are currently under test in this facility, which is one of only two operating in the United States and the only neutral buoyancy facility in the world to be located at a university.

The facilities of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center include two experimental rotor rigs to test articulated and bearingless rotors in hovering and in forward flight. The hover test facility can accommodate up to a 6-foot diameter rotor. In addition, the facilities include a 10-foot diameter vacuum chamber to study the structural dynamic characteristics of spinning rotors in the absence of aerodynamic loads and a three-component laser Doppler anemometer for flowfield measurements. A new 20-foot by 20-foot by 30-foot anechoic acoustic test chamber is used to carry out impulsive noise studies of rotorcraft in hover. Dynamic scaled rotor blades are built using composite facility

Financial Assistance

A number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available for financial assistance. Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available beginning at $20,000 per year plus tuition and health benefits. In addition, a number of fellowships are available, such as Minta Martin Fellowships, Rotorcraft Fellowships, the Hokenson Fellowship, ARCS Fellowships, and various departmental fellowships and scholarships. These fellowships cover tuition in addition to a stipend. All full-time applicants are automatically considered for these fellowships.

Contact Statement

For more information, please contact the program.



Aileen Hentz

3179 Martin Hall

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-1980


Associated Information




Aerodynamics and Propulsion; Structural Mechanics and Composites; Flight Dynamics and Control; Rotorcraft; Space Systems.