Prospective Doctoral Students

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

Prof. Mitchell L. R. Walker, II Associte Chair
Prof. Mitchell Walker
Associate Chair

You & the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering School:

Join Us for a Live Discussion

Associate Chair for Graduate Programs Mitchell L. R. Walker, II, will host live video conferences with prospective Aerospace Engineering School doctoral students at least twice a month between November and February. You can RSVP to join in one of these chats by visiting the AE Calendar, choosing a video conference to join, and downloading the BlueJeans video link. 

The  AE School considers your academic background as well as your professional pursuits and interests outside the classroom. We look for students who enjoy being challenged and who are committed to furthering the Institute’s mission of “improving the human condition.”

Application Fee Waivers Available NOW

To promote more diversity within the applicant pool, the AE School will waive a limited number of application fees for applicants who are members of underrepresented groups. To be considered for a waiver, please send a copy of your resume or transcript to Mrs. Tasha Koon by December 1, 2020. In the message, please let us know  the aspect of your identity that is underrepresented (such as your racial/ethnic group). The request for a waiver will not affect admissions decisions.

The National Institute of Aerospace has identified the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering as the #1 producer of aerospace master's and doctoral graduates in the country. For more than a dozen years, US News & World Report has ranked our graduate programs in the top 5 nationally. 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 42 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.