Distance Learning MSAE Curriculum

Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering graduate student  and Boeing aerodynamics engineer Mike Ceriello, seen standing in front of Boeing's  wind tunnel

My #1 Choice. When he began his career as a structural engineer at the Boeing Company in Philadelphia, Mike Ceriello noticed that many, if not most, of his new colleagues were coming in with master's degrees. "It was too early in my career to be shown up by other entry-level engineers, so I started looking for a graduate program that would help me gain a technical foundation to back up my work - in the wind tunnel, and, more recently, as aerodynamics engineer. The feedback I got from colleagues at Boeing was that Tech would be a great choice - particularly because there's a lot of vertical lift-specific coursework. That actually made it my number one choice."

- Mike Ceriello in on track to graduate from the Georgia Tech MSAE Distance Learning program in December of 2020

Engagement with Distance Learning MSAE Students

As a Distance Learning MSAE student, you will employ digital learning tools for online lectures, videos, discussion boards, web conferencing, and more. Lectures and student-faculty interactions will be digitally captured and then posted for you to view on demand. You will be granted access to class materials online and will have an online account to submit and monitor homework and exams. You will submit regular assignments including homework, projects, and papers. In addition, some degrees may include secure, proctored online exams. find out more

What Distance Learning MSAE Students Learn

At the heart of your program will be research - one or more projects that will define your program. We recommend you acquaint yourself with Aerospace Engineering School's Research Areas. A member of the Aerospace Engineering Academic Advising Office will guide you as you pursue the same overall 33 credit-hour requirement as your on-campus classmates.  A member of the Aerospace Engineering School faculty will directly advise you as you prepare your AE 8900 project9 (see below). You are welcome, but not required, to visit campus to participate in Commencement at the conclusion of your studies.

Distance Learning MSAE Course Offerings

The Distance Learning MSAE option offers you a chance to tailor your educational program to meet your research interests and goals.

To view a list of currently available DL courses, see the box, right. You may petition the Aerospace Engineering School to add an AE graduate course to the list of online MSAE courses offered during any given semester. To view a list of all AE courses being taught during a particular semester, see the Five-Year Curriculum Schedule, right. If a sufficient number of DL master's students request the course, and the petition has been submitted in time, the AE School will make every effort to offer the course.

AE 8900 Special Problem Research Project

As one of the top public research institutions in the world, the Aerospace Engineering School at Georgia Tech aims to equip all of our students with the necessary tools to study and produce unique academic research. As a Distance Learning student, you will complete the AE 8900 Special Problem research project. You should plan to meet with your academic advisor a year prior to graduation to get started on this project. We encourage students to get an early start on the research project to produce thorough research results that can potentially lead to publication. If required, findings from your final research project will be presented using video-conferencing technology.

Distance Learning MSAE Credit Overview

Students enrolled in the MSAE Distance Learning Program will follow the non-thesis course outline, below.

MS Credit-Hours Requirements MS without Thesis
(33 credit-hour total)
AE Graduate Seminar AE 8002*
Formal Courses
(not including thesis, research AE 8900)
  • GT AE Class (minimum)
  • Math (minimum)
  • Non-technical (maximum)
  • 6000-level or above (minimum)
Research Coursework 3
(AE 8900)
*The AE8002 requirement is waived for Distance Learning students

NOTE:  The AE School does not require its grad students to take specific classes. Graduate students are expected to work with their advisors to map out a rigorous and individualized educational program that includes research in one or more of the six research disciplines and meets the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least six (6) credit-hours of mathematics
  • No more than nine (9) credit-hours may come from the Senior Undergraduate (4000) course level
  • Transfer students may bring no more than six (6) credit-hours from an accredited school in the US or Canada. All transfer credit award decisions will be made by the Graduate Curriculum Committee
  • Graduate-level courses may be chosen from the current Georgia Tech course catalog, as well as from the appropriate Special Topics courses (AE 88XX) listed  here.

The preceding is a summary of the requirements and is not meant to cover all aspects of the curriculum. Students should visit the 2020 AE Graduate Handbook (pdf) for a complete description of the requirements for the MSAE degree.