A graduate student with a superior academic record (as may be demonstrated by a graduate QPR of 3.70 or better) may apply to enter a program leading to the degree Astronautical Engineer. A candidate must prepare his or her application and route it through the Program Officer to the Department Chairman for decision. Typically, the selection process occurs after completion of the candidate's first year of residence.
A candidate must take all courses in a curriculum approved by the Chairman of the MAE Department. At a minimum, the approved curriculum must satisfy the requirements stated in the following paragraphs.
The Astronautical Engineer degree requires at least 64 quarter-hours of graduate level credits in Astronautical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, at least 32 of which must be at the 4000 level. At least 12 quarter-hours of graduate level credits must be earned outside of the MAE Department. At least one advanced Mathematics course should normally be included in these 12 quarter-hours.
An acceptable thesis of 28 credit hours is required for the Astronautical Engineer degree. Approval of the thesis advisor and program must be obtained from the Chairman of the MAE Department.