Master's Curriculum

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MS AE Credit Requirements

The Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering master's curriculum consists of 33 credit-hours of coursework and research. The following chart summarizes the differing requirements in those areas for students pursuing Thesis and Non-Thesis degrees.

NOTE: The School does not require its grad students take specific classes. Graduate students are expected 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:

  • AE8801 (1 credit-hour. P/F) is required during your first year in residence in the graduate program at Georgia Tech but it does not count toward the 33 credit-hours needed for your degree. This requirement is waived for Distance Learning students and all students who started the program before the Fall 2018 semester.
  • 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 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 listed on the Registration page.

The preceding is a brief summary of the requirements and is not meant to cover all aspects of the curriculum. Students should visit the 2019 AE Graduate Handbook (pdf) for a complete description of the requirements for the MSAE degree.

MS AE Degree Options

There are a number of ways you can meet the 33 credit-hour requirement for an MSAE degree at Georgia Tech, each tailored to the different skills, talents, and career aspirations of our students. All MSAE candidates must have a GPA of 2.7 or above to graduate.

Requirements for Non-Thesis MS 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.

Requirements for the Thesis Masters 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.

AE Certificate Programs

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