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Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

This program involves modern computational and experimental methods and provides the essential information which will permit students to acquire the knowledge and skills which are of immediate practical importance. This knowledge is communicated in the advanced courses listed in the MAE curriculum and used in the conduct of a thesis or project. The areas of study within the MSAE program include:

  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Aircraft Systems Engineering
  • Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Aerospace Structures and Materials

Both graduate and undergraduate programs benefit from the advice of an advisory committee comprised of senior staff from aerospace companies, government agencies, and universities. Further information may be obtained from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering's website: http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/coe/mae.

To be considered for admission, the graduate applicant must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, have been in good standing at the last institution attended, and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 for the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree in an accredited curriculum in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering with a minimum grade point average of 2.70 in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted. Applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted, subject to the successful completion of appropriate deficiencies assigned by the graduate advisor.

2. A bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, science or other appropriate discipline, with the requirement that essential undergraduate prerequisites in engineering be satisfied.

3. Graduate students must consult with the graduate advisor for information concerning procedures and requirements for appropriate approval of their courses of study prior to enrolling in their graduate programs.

Requirements

PLAN I

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelor's degree in graduate and 400-level courses approved by the student's Department Graduate Advisor, including:

1. Eighteen units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;

2. Six units of electives selected from approved graduate or 400-level courses from appropriate areas;

3. Completion of six units of MAE 698-Thesis and submission of a written thesis.

PLAN II

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelor's degree in graduate and 400-level courses approved by the student's Department Graduate Advisor, including:

1.Twenty-four units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;

2. Six units of electives selected from approved graduate or 400-level courses from approved areas;

3. Completion of a comprehensive written exam.

Advancement to Candidacy

Prior to formally starting their thesis or project (registering for MAE 697 or 698), students must apply for Advancement to Candidacy. Students applying for Advancement to Candidacy must:

1. Have completed ALL undergraduate deficiencies with grades of "C" or better;

2. Have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

3. Have completed at least 12 units applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;

4. Have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). This requirement can also be met by presenting evidence that the student met the requirement while an undergraduate at CSULB or at certain CSU campuses.

5. Have their program of studies approved by the faculty coordinating their area of emphasis, the AE program graduate advisor, and department chair.


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