Candidates with acceptable academic background may enter a program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Engineering Science (with major in Astronautical Engineering). Candidates who have not majored in astronautical engineering or closely related subject areas, or who have experienced significant lapses in continuity with previous academic work, will initially take undergraduate courses in astronautical engineering and mathematics to prepare for their graduate program.
The Master of Science in Engineering Science (with major in Astronautical Engineering) degree requires a minimum of 48 quarter hours of graduate level work. The candidate must take all courses in an approved study program, which must satisfy the following requirements: there must be a minimum of 32 quarter hours of credits in 3000 and 4000 level courses, including a minimum of 12 quarter hours at the 4000 level. Of the 32 quarter hours at least 24 quarter hours must be in courses offered by the MAE Department.
A student seeking the Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering must demonstrate knowledge of orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination, guidance and control, telecommunications, space structures, spacecraft/rocket propulsion, and spacecraft design. The student must also demonstrate competence at the advanced level in one of the above disciplines of Astronautical Engineering. This may be accomplished by completing at least eight quarter hours of the 4000 level credits by courses in this department in a particular area and a thesis in the same discipline area.
An acceptable thesis for a minimum of 16 credits is also required for the Master of Science in Engineering Science (with major in Astronautical Engineering) degree. The student's thesis advisor, the Academic Associate, the Program Officer and the Department Chairman must approve the study program and the thesis topic.