Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Master of Science in Aerospace Systems Engineering

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Why Choose Aerospace Systems Engineering?

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Aerospace Systems Engineering (MSE). The graduate program is non-traditional by requiring an interdisciplinary minor in an aerospace relevant area.


Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems. Labs include wind tunnels, materials testing labs, structural testing labs, controls labs, etc., per students program of study. Computational facilities include numerous Sun, DEC, and Silicon Graphics fileservers and workstations; X-windowing terminals; and personal computers. Access is also available to the Ohio Supercomputer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET). Further, many students will leverage proximity to the Air Force Research Lab by using labs and computer equipment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, subject to Air Force approval.


Research in aerospace engineering is focused on fields of engineering leveraged for application to flight. Depending on faculty support, funding and interest of the student, students may participate in labs in the college.


The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute provides collaboration opportunities through the graduate engineering courses, faculty, and research resources of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Academics and Curriculum

Students should plan a program of study in consultation with the department chair. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes 9 credit hours of graduate study.

View the Master of Science in Aerospace Systems Engineering program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.


Minimum Entrance Requirements

  1. GRE required: 158(740)Q, 146(400)V,  3.5 (A)
  2. 3.4 Undergraduate GPA
  3. 89 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS, if an international students (scores should be sent to the Wright State International Admissions Office in 244 Student Union at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45435.
  4. Three letters of recommendation

How to Apply

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

Graduate Assistantships

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) offers you and other graduate students a worthwhile financial aid option in the form of graduate assistantships. All academic departments in CECS hire hourly graders, teaching assistants, and recitation teachers. Individual researchers hire graduate students for graduate research assistant positions that typically include both a stipend and tuition remission. All positions are available on a competitive basis. Please indicate your interest in one of these positions at the time of your application.

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