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Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical Engineering

Program Description

The Graduate Aeronautical (GA) Engineering program is a fully-accredited program, leading to a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. This 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. Air Force quota students normally enter as a class in September and are scheduled to graduate in March after 18 months of study. Program entry date and length may vary for other students. Please see the Department Blue Book for further details.

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required: ABET-accredited BS degree in Aeronautical, Astronautical, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering Mechanics.

Undergraduate Mathematics Course Required: Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations

Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years)

GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0


*Waivers to the above criteria are sometimes granted, and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria but feel they should be given additional consideration due to other potential qualifying factors are encouraged to apply.  Please contact 937-255-6565 x4753 for additional information.

Military personnel, international officers, and civilians who apply to AFIT for full-time graduate study under the sponsorship (full pay and allowances) of a military service or Government organization, but fail to meet the criteria above may be admitted by the faculty in the appropriate department.  Please refer to AFIT’s Master’s Degree Eligibility for additional information.



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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  • Our graduates will make direct contributions as practicing engineers in the area of aeronautical engineering
  • Our graduates will effectively communicate, evaluate, monitor and administer aeronautical research and development programs
  • Our graduates will solve new technological challenges to meet the needs of the Air Force and other DoD organizations

 

Student Outcomes (SOs)

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

Program Chair

Dr. Donald L. Kunz

Degree Information

Degree Type: Master's


Delivery Method: In-Residence


Degree Requirements

  • Core Aeronautical Engineering (12 hours) 
  • Mathematics (8 hours) 
  • Specialty sequences (16 hours) 
  • Thesis (12 hours) 

Graduate School Catalog

Faculty Research Areas

  • COMBUSTION DYNAMICS
  • AERODYNAMICS, PROPULSION, AND WEAPONS
  • AEROELASTICITY AND STRUCTURAL DESIGN
  • COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS
  • CONTROL SYSTEMS
  • DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
  • FLIGHT TEST
  • FLUID DYNAMICS
  • HEAT TRANSFER
  • PROPULSION
  • HYPERSONICS
  • AIR WEAPONS DESIGN
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Air Force Institute of Technology
2950 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7765
Commercial: 937-255-6565 | DSN: 785-6565