Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Program Details

Aeronautical Engineering
Current as of: 04/17/2014

Degree Type: MS

Graduate Aeronautical Engineering (GAE)
 

Mission statement:  Produce graduates who are technically well prepared for their subsequent duties and responsibilities as aeronautical engineers in DoD organizations.


Program Description

The Graduate Aeronautical Engineering (GAE) program is a fully accredited program at AFIT leading to a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  The GAE program is designed for students from all branches of the U.S. military services as well as students from allied foreign military services, civilians and part-time students.  Most students (Air Force and Navy quota as well as Air Force Test Pilot School (AFTPS)) enter as a class in September (Fall Quarter).  Other students enter in quarters as shown in the table below.  Program duration is program dependent and is shown in the table below. 

TYPICAL PROGRAM LENGTH FOR AERO PROGRAMS
Program
Length (mos.)
Start Qtr
Graduation Qtr
AF Quota
18
Fall
Winter
AF TPS
15
Fall
Winter
Navy Quota
18-24
Fall
Summer
Other (Civ., FNs, etc.)
18-24
Fall (typical)
Varies
 
The Master of Science degree program in Aeronautical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Enrollment and graduation data for ABET-accredited GAE Master's degree program are located on AFIT's Institutional Data webpage.
 
Program Educational Objectives
  1. Our graduates will make direct contributions as a practicing engineer in the area of aeronautical engineering.
  2. Our graduates will effectively communicate, evaluate, monitor and administer aeronautical research and development programs.
  3. Our graduates will solve new technological challenges to meet the needs of the Air Force and other DoD  organizations.

Program Outcomes

  1. GAE graduates will demonstrate the ability to perform independent research, resulting in substantial contributions to the field of aeronautical engineering.
  2. GAE graduates will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas and concepts both orally and in writing.
  3. GAE graduates will be able to perform research that provides substantial and tangible value to the DoD.

Program Requirements

Core Aeronautical Engineering
Mathematics (2)
Specialty Sequences (2)
Independent Investigation (i.e. thesis)
Electives
48 graduate quarter hours, minimum

For additional, detailed information regarding the Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, view the GAE Guide.

 

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