Doctoral Curriculum

Three AE professors in their graduation robes

Highly qualified students who are committed to pursuing a career in research, development, or at an academic institution are encouraged to apply to the AE doctoral program. The program considers applications from both undergraduate and masters candidates.

The Georgia Tech AE doctoral curriculum includes coursework, research, a qualifying examination, an approved thesis proposal, and an approved thesis defense. The Institute also offers aerospace and other students an opportunity to pursue two different multidisciplinary degrees: the doctorate of philosophy with a major in computational science and engineering or the doctor of philosophy with a major in robotics


Students pursuing a doctoral degree from the School of Aerospace Engineering must complete 50 credit-hours of graduate-level coursework:

  • No fewer than 41 credit-hours of coursework must be at the 6000-level or above;
  • Up to nine (9) credit-hours of graduate coursework may be taken at the 4000-level;
  • Any 4000-level courses taken as a required course in the undergraduate AE major cannot count toward the fulfillment of the doctoral degree;
  • Up to 30 credit-hours of coursework may come from the fulfillment of a masters degree, earned at Georgia Tech or at any accredited institution in the world;
  • Twelve (12) credit-hours of graduate study must be in courses that have a prefix of "MATH" or taken from the approved list of mathematics classes in the AE Graduate Student Handbook Appendix X
  • Students may petition to the AE Graduate Committee to add to a course to the approved mathematics course list;
  • The Institute requires all doctoral candidates to complete a minor with no fewer than nine (9) credit-hours of graduate-level coursework.