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Aerospace Engineering (Z053)   

Program Title and Classification

Aerospace Engineering

Graduate Certificate Program

College: Engineering


The Professional Master of Engineering program is a practice-oriented part-time graduate program designed to assist engineers and technical professionals in the development of their careers and to provide the expertise needed in the rapidly changing business, government, and industrial environments. Late afternoon, evening, and 100% online classes are taught by the College Park faculty and experienced adjunct faculty at the College Park campus and designated learning centers in Maryland. 

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation are required for anyone with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0. Anyone with a GPA 3.0 or above should contact the Office of Advanced Engineering Education with a request to waive this requirement. 

*Visa Eligibility: This program is not eligible for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance by the University of Maryland. International applicants should consider applying for the online programs.

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis if they have demonstrated satisfactory performance in another graduate program and/or their work has been salutary.

Applicants with foreign credentials must submit academic records in the original language with literal English translations. Allow at least three months for evaluation of foreign credentials. International applicants are advised to review the Graduate School English requirements to learn whether or not the submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is required.

Full admission requires the following prerequisites:

  • A bachelor's degree, GPA of 3.0 or better, in aerospace engineering or a related engineering field from an accredited institution. 
  • Completion of calculus I, II, and III, differential equations, and thermodynamics. Additional prerequisites are listed on the Department of Aerospace Engineering website
  • Completed applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please visit the department website for more information. 

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
26 July15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
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Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

12 credits required

Students are required to select one specialization. 


General: Choose four of the following courses and include at least one course from each of the three subgroups.

ENAE 641: Linear System Dynamics (3 credits)

ENAE 642: Atmospheric Flight Control (3 credits)

ENAE 654: Mechanics of Composite Structures (3 credits)

ENAE 655: Structural Dynamics (3 credits)

ENAE 656: Aeroelasticity (3 credits)

ENAE 674: Aerodynamics of Compressible Fluids (3 credits)

ENAE 676: Turbulence

Rotocraft: Choose four of the following courses.

ENAE 631: Helicopter Aerodynamics I (3 credits)

ENAE 632: Helicopter Aerodynamics II (3 credits)

ENAE 633: Helicopter Dynamics (3 credits)

ENAE 634: Helicopter Design (3 credits)

ENAE 635: Helicopter Stability and Control (3 credits)

Space: Choose four of the following courses.

ENAE 601: Astrodynamics (3 credits)

ENAE 602: Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control (3 credits)

ENAE 691: Satellite Design (3 credits)

ENAE 694: Spacecraft Communications (3 credits)

ENAE 696: Spacecraft Thermal Design (3 credits)

ENAE 741: Interplanetary Navigation and Guidance (3 credits)

ENAE 791: Launch and Entry Vehicle Design (3 credits)



Financial Assistance

Students in this program pay a special tuition rate, which does not differ between residents and non-residents of Maryland. This rate is not fully covered by graduate assistantships, fellowships or the tuition remission. Additional graduate student fees are charged. Tuition and fees are subject to change.


This program does not provide departmental assistantships or fellowships. Loans, work-study and need-based grants for citizens and permanent residents with demonstrated financial need may submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by appropriate FAFSA deadlines.



Anna Damm, Coordinator for Admission and Recruitment

2105 J.M. Patterson Building

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-7200


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