MSAE Degree Options

Multiple options for earning a master's of science in aerospace engineering (MSAE)

All AE master's students must complete 33 credit-hours of standard coursework and research (outlined in the MS curriculum) to graduate. The AE Graduate Handbook includes a more complete description of MSAE degree requirements.

The path that you choose to meet those requirements is up to you. Below is a list of MSAE degree options available to you.

The MSAE Degree

The MSAE program includes 33 credit-hours of on-campus coursework and research. Students may choose to earn a MSAE that includes a Master's Thesis or one that is designated Non-Thesis. High-achieving undergraduates who are considering applying to this program should review the AE Graduate Handbook for a complete description of MSAE degree requirements.

  • Requirements for Non-Thesis Master's Degrees
    The Non-Thesis master's degree option requires students to earn 30 credit-hours from classwork, and three (3) credit-hours from the pursuit of a specialty research problem, to be determined with the academic advisor. At least 12 credit-hours must be from courses offered by the School of Aerospace Engineering. Distance Learning Program students are required to take the Non-Thesis option.
  • Requirements for the Thesis Master's Degree
    The Thesis master's degree option requires students take 24 credit-hours of classwork and nine (9) credit-hours of research. MS thesis students may take no more than nine (9) credit-hours of non-AE classes. Students enrolled in this option should familiarize themselves with the thesis proposal and defense requirements that are outlined here. This option is not available to Distance Learning program students.

The Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering and Russian

A new collaboration with the Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages will allow AE students to double major in aerospace engineering and Russian. This option is very attractive for aspiring astronauts or any engineer who seeks to work in the world economy.

The MSAE Distance Learning Program (DL)

The Distance Learning program is popular with working professionals - and employers - because students can use streaming video and electronic communication platforms to pursue a tailor-made graduate program from just about any location. Application to the DLP is identical to the traditional MSAE program.

Interdisciplinary Master's Degrees

The Master of Science in Computational Science & Engineering

The CSE program is an interdisciplinary program offered by the colleges of Computing, Engineering, and Sciences. Students develop knowledge, skills, and practices associated with the study of computer-based models of natural phenomena and engineered systems. Students will be required to obtain a breadth of knowledge across a set of core areas in the CSE discipline, depth of knowledge in a specific computational specialization (e.g., numerical computing), and knowledge to apply computational techniques in a domain of application.

The Master's Degree in Robotics

A unique interdisciplinary degree that prepares students for one of the most popular career paths in the industry.

The Master's Degree in Bioengineering

A unique interdisciplinary program ranked #2 in the nation by US News and World Report.

AE Certificate Programs

The Georgia Tech Astrobiology Graduate Certification Program
The 12-credit Astrobiology Graduate Certificate Program is a degree enhancer, not a stand-alone degree. The program is intended to expand opportunities for students in the interdisciplinary field of ‘astrobiology,' and to forge innovative links between astrobiology research at Georgia Tech, mission technology, and science communication.

The Aerospace Engineering/Russian Language Certificate
To receive a certificate in Russian, AE students must take 12 credit-hours of courses beyond the RUSS2001 course. Students may transfer a maximum of six (6) credit-hours towards the certificate requirements. Students may also apply a maximum of six (6) credit-hours of special topics courses towards the certificate. All courses counting toward a certificate must be taken on a letter-grade basis, and a grade of C or better must be received in each course. Additional requirements and information about undergraduate certificate programs can be found in the Georgia Tech Course Catalog.

The Graduate Certificate in International Security and Aerospace Systems 
This 12 credit-hour certificate is offered through a collaboration between the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. The certificate is for graduate students and post-baccalaureate professionals studying on a non-degree basis. The interdisciplinary program exposes students to topics in international security, military gaming and modeling, and aerospace systems