Aerospace Engineering


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    Our faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research in nondestructive evaluation; complex systems; computational and experimental aerodynamics; astrodynamics; guidance, navigation, and control; aircraft icing; composite structures; and micro/nano mechanics of materials. Our department has had the privilege to educate some of the most accomplished and distinguished leaders of industry, government, and academia.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Online Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Advanced Materials Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Combustion and Aero-Structural Interaction
  • Aviation Biofuels
  • Complex Systems and Optimization
  • Guidance, Controls, and Astrodynamics
  • Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Conduct comprehensive literature review/survey in the relevant field of study to identify knowledge gaps.
  • Formulate research objectives that will lead to significant contributions to the field of study.
  • Conduct quality research via appropriate scientific methods, in teams or independently.
  • Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  • Disseminate research findings orally and through technical and scholarly writing to advance the knowledge base.
  • Follow ethical practice and professionalism.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 4.0 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 1.8 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Maddi England
Phone: 515-294-9669
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program
    Dept of Aerospace Engineering
    Iowa State University
    2271 Howe Hall, Room 1200
    Ames, IA 50011-2271

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements: International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 80
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    January 15 for following fall admission; September 1 for following spring admission.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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