Doctoral Degree

A professor and 2 students smiling at the doctoral graduation ceremony.

Defining the Future of Aerospace Engineering

In 2015, the National Institute of Aerospace identified the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering as the #1 producer of aerospace master's and doctoral graduates in the country. Each of the following two years, US News & World Report ranked our graduate programs at #2. We are proud of these statistics, but we are not defined by them.

Our proudest achievements are our students, of which our doctoral graduates are the most accomplished.

The AE doctoral degree is the most rigorous program offered by the School. In addition to completing 50 credit-hours of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, you will be expected to develop and execute a unique research program that will enable you to produce a doctoral dissertation. You will work closely with some of the brightest minds in the field. In return, you will be expected to pass a demanding qualifying exam during your second year in residence, present a well-designed thesis proposal, and successfully defend your research findings. A GPA of 3.25 is required to graduate with a PhD degree.

Graduates of the AE doctoral program have joined the teaching and research faculty of myriad institutions of higher education across the globe. They also conduct high-level research for industry, government, and military operations, often based on the track record they amassed as a doctoral student at AE.