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Department of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

College of Engineering, San Diego State University

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Graduate Program - General Information

The Aerospace Department at SDSU is one of fewer than 30 departments nationwide that are uniquely focused on Aeropace Engineering. The department has eight full time faculty members, three part-time faculty members and two staff members. The typical graduate student class size is 15-20 students. This ideal faculty-to-student ratio sets the stage for a warm and collaborative environment, where faculty members closely interact with students and mentor them.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Aerospace Engineering and, doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Engineering Sciences with concentration in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, jointly with the University of California, San Diego.

Master's of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Students in the M.S. degree program in Aerospace Engineering can choose between two areas of specialization, namely Aerodynamics and Structural Mechanics.

Students concentrate thier course work in the chosen specialization, and work on related research. To ensure that students can work in multi-disciplinary aerospace environments, the program also requires the students to take courses outside their specialization. The curriculum has been carefully designed to provide students with a sound background in analysis and design aspects of aerospace engineering.

Students can choose a thesis project from a variety of cutting-edge research projects that faculty members are involved in. Students are provided with ample opportunity to develop practical skills through participation in course projects, thesis research, funded industrial projects, and numerous internship opportunities at local aerospace companies, including Northrup Grumann, General Atomics and Goodrich Aerostuctures. The SDSU aerospace engineering department is also involved in various national level design-build-test competitions, and technical paper contests.

Admission Requirements :

Applicants to the M.S. degree in aerospace engineering must have a undergraduate degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering. Applicants with degrees in mathematics, physical sceinces or other fields of engineering may apply , but will be required to complete undergraduate level aerospace engineering courses that are prerequisites to graduate level courses. Applicants with non-aerospace engineering background must contact the graduate advisor prior to applying to see if thier background will be a fit for the program.

GPA requirement
Students graduating from U.S. Universities: GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher in the last 60 units of course work in a semester system (90 units in a quarter system). Students graduating from foreign universities: GPA of 3.0 or higher cumulative.

GRE score requirement
Applicants must take the GRE exam and obtain a score in the upper 50th percentile. Applications are not processed until the GRE score is received. Students with lower scores will be admitted provided they have a good GPA, strong letters of recommendation, other evidence that can shwo they will succeed in gradaute studies.

TOEFL score requirement
International students must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) unless English is the language of instruction of the undergraduate institution. Check with the graduate admissions office to find out if your institution is on the list of universities whose students do not have to take the TOEFL exam.

Application Deadline:

Fall Semester applicants: Feb 1st (Extended to March 30th, 2012 for Fall 2012 Applications)
Spring Semester applicants: No admissions in Spring 2012
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to increase their chances of being considered for assistantships and tuition waivers.

Application Documents:

Applicants must submit an online application ( http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/) and pay the required application fees.

Applicants must also submit two original copies of transcripts, official scores of the graduate record examination (GRE).
International applicants must also submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

All application materials must be sent directly to the enrollment services office.

Enrollment Services
Graduate Admissions
Document Processing Unit
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

For more information regarding the M.S. degree program in Aerospace Engineering see the Graduate Program Brochure.

Ph.D. in Engineering Science (concentration in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

San Diego State University offers a doctoral degree in Engineering Science(Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego. The program includes graduate level courses and research projects under the supervision of SDSU faculty with cooperating faculty from the University of California, San Diego. The Ph.D. degree is awarded jointly by the two institutions. For more information visit the doctoral program website: www.engineering.sdsu.edu/engineering/joint_doctoral_program.aspx.