The College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) seeks highly qualified, independent, and ambitious applicants for its graduate programs in aerospace engineering.
We feature a diverse faculty conducting groundbreaking research and development in four distinct, multidisciplinary research themes. Our faculty have expertise in aircraft design, space exploration, thermal-fluid sciences, data science, artificial intelligence, robotics, fuel cell propulsion and sustainability, and eVTOL propulsion.
Students who join the aerospace engineering programs at Kent State University should prepare for immersing themselves in research. Students are expected to contribute to CAE’s research teams, working with federal, state, and industry collaborators on a broad range of issues. All our students complete a combination of coursework and research that contributes to our discipline.
We offer the following graduate programs in aerospace engineering:
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (non-thesis option)
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (thesis option)
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering
The Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering provide an advanced theoretical and/or research-oriented curriculum with significant depth in aerospace-specific disciplines, beyond the general fundamentals of the engineering bachelor’s degree.
The program is offered at the Kent Campus.
CAE research pushes the boundaries of smart engineered systems in the air, on the ground, in space, and on the manufacturing floor, focusing on AI for autonomous systems, biomedical informatics, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, cognitive swarms, and mechatronic systems.
Safe and Secure
From air traffic control to aviation and cyberspace systems, CAE researchers are focused on ensuring that our skies are safe and our cyber-engineered systems are secure and trustworthy. We solve real-world problems to enhance human-machine interaction and engineer systems that are less vulnerable to persistent threats.
As responsible stewards of the planet, CAE researchers are pioneering sustainable innovations in energy, materials, manufacturing and design. From fuel cells and fuel-flexible power solutions to additive manufacturing of engineered systems, our research is helping to ensure that future generations inherit a healthy environment.
From drones for military reconnaissance and domestic surveillance to space exploration, CAE research in aerospace guidance, navigation, and control, is focused on expanding the boundaries of accessibility here on earth and beyond.
Components of the Master of Science Degree
Research requirement (ENGR 65098)*
Thesis or non-thesis option**
*All students must meet this requirement for the M.S. degree.
**Students enrolled in the non-thesis option take 6.0 credit hours of coursework from major electives.
ENGR 65098 research requirement.
Non-thesis option. Students enrolled in the non-thesis option must contact a faculty member who they would like to conduct research for. Once a faculty member agrees to work with the student on a topic, students will enrol in a research course under that faculty member.
Thesis option. Students will work with their faculty research advisor and allocate a portion of their research to completing this 3.0 credit hour research requirement.
Components of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree
Research requirement (ENGR 65098)*
Applying For M.S. And Ph.D In Aerospace Engineering
Disclaimer: The Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education have officially approved the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Aerospace Engineering with an effective start date for the Fall 2021 semester.
Important Information for Students Desiring to Begin in Spring 2021:
Can I start my coursework before the Fall 2021 semester?
Yes, prospective students desiring to begin relevant coursework and research in Spring 2021 are able to do so.
How do I apply?
Prospective students desiring to begin relevant coursework and research in Spring 2021 should submit an application for CAE's Master of Engineering Technology program. Applicants should clearly indicate their desire to pursue a graduate degree in aerospace engineering in their graduate goals statement. If accepted, students can then officially change their program of study to aerospace engineering in Fall 2021.
Scholarships And Fellowships
Scholarships/Aid are available to students at all levels incoming Freshman to Senior Undergraduate, and Graduate, and all majors. Find the scholarships right for you and apply now! View College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) scholarships and apply with a single application. Also below are some of the scholarships/aid that we've found outside of CAE/KSU to help you get started.
College of Aeronautics and Engineering Scholarships
The College of Aeronautics and Engineering offers scholarships to our students ranging from incoming freshman to senior undergraduate. Varying criteria and areas of study. Apply with a single application! Applications become available in October. The deadline is roughly February.
College of Aeronautics and Engineering Women in STEM Scholarship
This scholarship is separate from the single application process. Eight renewable scholarships, incoming freshman female students enrolled full-time in CAE with a minimum 3.0 GPA.