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Aerospace Engineering

Master of Science Engineering Mechanics

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Achieve the aerospace engineering career you’ve always dreamed of in a shorter amount of time with an accelerated Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Aerospace Engineering.


Is this program right for you?

Take your engineering expertise to new heights with a Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Aerospace Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This master’s program was created for engineers wishing to pursue their master’s degree but wanting to start a professional career as soon as possible.

This accelerated master’s program is conducted in person, so you get the benefits of learning in the classroom and learning with and from your peers. Its comprehensive curriculum is designed to give you a broad mechanics foundation with an emphasis on aerospace and a unique set of skills that will attract employers. You’ll learn theoretical and computational methods for engineering analysis and get hands-on experience in the lab. Topics include fluid mechanics, rigid-body dynamics, structural dynamics and mechanics of aerospace structures.

UW–Madison is one of the world’s premier research and teaching universities. For more than 50 years, we have been synonymous with leadership in engineering mechanics. The UW–Madison Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Aerospace Engineering is taught by senior faculty and experienced professionals in the aerospace engineering industry.

Is this program right for you?

Take your engineering expertise to new heights with a Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Aerospace Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This master’s program was created for engineers wishing to pursue their master’s degree but wanting to start a professional career as soon as possible.

This accelerated master’s program is conducted in person, so you get the benefits of learning in the classroom and learning with and from your peers. Its comprehensive curriculum is designed to give you a broad mechanics foundation with an emphasis on aerospace and a unique set of skills that will attract employers. You’ll learn theoretical and computational methods for engineering analysis and get hands-on experience in the lab. Topics include fluid mechanics, rigid-body dynamics, structural dynamics and mechanics of aerospace structures.

UW–Madison is one of the world’s premier research and teaching universities. For more than 50 years, we have been synonymous with leadership in engineering mechanics. The UW–Madison Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics: Aerospace Engineering is taught by senior faculty and experienced professionals in the aerospace engineering industry.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in engineering, math or physical sciences from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Ideal applicants will:

  • Have taken advanced math (such as differential equations or applied analysis), linear algebra, mechanics of materials and a dynamics course (engineering or physics).

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

  • Our Engineering Mechanics: Aerospace Engineering master’s program is accelerated, so you earn your degree in just three semesters.
  • It’s also course-only, so you complete your degree in a predictable time frame.
  • You learn from the best: UW–Madison’s engineering graduate programs are among the best in the nation.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Engineering Grad Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • 12–16 months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Courses begin in the fall or spring semester.
  • Must complete at least two of five topical areas.

Sample curriculum

Required Courses

  • Engineering Analysis I
  • Special Topics in Engineering Mechanics
  • Complete two topical areas: Fluid Mechanics, Rigid Body Dynamics, Structural Dynamics, Aerospace Mechanics and Materials and Computation

Fluid Mechanics

  • Aerodynamics
  • Select one: Intermediate Fluid Dynamics, Rocket Propulsion, Intermediate Gas Dynamics, Turbulent Heat or Momentum Transfer

Rigid Body Dynamics

  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Select one: Flight Dynamics and Control, Astrodynamics, Satellite Dynamics or
    Kinematics and Dynamics of Machine Systems

Structural Dynamics

  • Select one: Intermediate Vibrations, Mechanical Vibrations or Linear Systems
  • Select one: Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis, Structural Finite Element Model Validation or Nonlinear and Random Mechanical Vibrations

Aerospace Mechanics and Materials

Select two:

  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Heterogeneous and Multiphase Materials
  • Composite Materials
  • Mechanics of Continua
  • Viscoelastic Solids
  • Theory of Elasticity
  • Plasticity Theory and Physics

Computation

  • Select one: Introduction to Finite Elements, Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Select one: Advanced Topics in Finite Elements, Introduction to Design Optimization, Optimum Design of Mechanical Elements and Systems, Methods of Computational Mathematics I or High Performance Computing for Applications in Engineering

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Senior Systems Engineer

Market Salary
$77K median salary in 20191

Projected Job Growth
6.0% for Aerospace Engineers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
3,557 in 2019

Top Employers
  • Northrop Grumman
  • The Boeing Company
  • Raytheon
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Andromeda Systems
  • United Technologies Corporation

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Source 1: NACE 2019 Salary Survey

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
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  • Get help with your application
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