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Aerospace Engineering

 

Master of Science | Aerospace Engineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

This degree is designed to allow a student to obtain an MS degree in 12 months. It is intended for those students who have only one calendar year available to attend graduate school, who are working full time (attending part-time), or who want only one year of graduate coursework and also provide their own expenses.

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering addresses the needs of off-campus students whose schedule or location does not allow on-campus study. The online courses are identical to on-campus courses in terms of content, requirements and academic rigor.

Convenience and flexibility are key advantages of this program. The MSAE degree is a 30-credit-hour degree program that does not require a thesis, a final oral exam, or on-campus attendance. The GRE is required for all applicants.

Benefits of the Degree

  • Flexibility (time and place)
  • No need for campus attendance
  • Earn an engineering graduate degree from a well established and recognized university
  • Enhance your career opportunities
  • Achieve new competencies, broaden your expertise and expand your knowledge

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

At the master's level, an applicant will meet the minimum admission requirements for full graduate standing if all of the following are satisfied:

  • Overall grade point average (GPA) is at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate major is in a technical area which satisfies the prerequisites for graduate coursework in MAE. Iif you do not hold a BS degree in ME or AE, see the section below, Additional Admission Standards for Non-Majors.
  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation are submitted.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are competitive (minimum scores: verbal - 400, quantitative - 700, analytical writing - 3.5)
  • An international master's applicant has a competitive TOEFL score (NCSU graduate school requirement: 18 or higher in each section with a total score of 80 in all four sections).

PLAN OF STUDY

The MSME (non-thesis) student will select one of two areas in which to focus: (1) Mechanical Sciences or (2) Thermal Sciences. The MSAE (non-thesis) student will select a program of study after meeting with an AE advisor. The curriculum for each will adhere to the following format:

  • 6 MAE courses (18 credit hours)
  • Up to 3 MAE-approved electives (9 credit hours)
  • MAE 586 Project Work (3 credit hours)
  • 30 credit hours total

This program is an Option B program as defined by the Graduate School, operates with a single advisor and requires neither an official final oral examination nor an officially designated minor. The program requires a Plan of Work on file and includes 30 semester hours. Course listings will be offered for the major areas of concentration. A faculty advisor, either selected by the student in consultation with a faculty member or appointed by the department, will guide the student through the program. In general, the MAE586 faculty member will serve as the student's advisor. The Director of Graduate Programs should be consulted if a student is having difficulty identifying an advisor within the first three weeks of classes. An MS plan of work should be filed in the Graduate Office by the end of the first semester.

All students at NCSU are required to maintain continuous registration until completion of their degree program. A procedure for formally requesting a leave of absence is available.

Teaching assistantships are not generally available for non-thesis master's students.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree include completion of 30 credit hours of graduate level courses at the 500 or 700 level with an overall grade-point average of 3.0. Each student in the MSAE Online and Distance Education program must complete a minimum of four (4) core MAE courses from a concentration area and two additional MAE courses at the 500 or 700 level. In addition, each student must complete three credits of MAE 586 (Project Work in Aerospace Engineering). The remaining three courses may consist of any graduate-level engineering, mathematics or statistics course offered through Engineering Online.
MSAE Online and Distance Education students are permitted to take and attend courses on campus. However, approval must be obtained from the Director of Graduate Program prior to registering. Under no circumstances can more than three courses taken on-campus be applied to satisfy the off-campus students' degree requirements.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Courses

MAE 495 - Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Units: 1 - 3

Offered as needed to present new or special MAE subject matter.

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

MAE 501 - Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

Units: 3

Classical thermodynamics of a general reactive system; conservation of energy and principles of increase of entropy; fundamental relation of thermodynamics; Legendre transformations; phase transitions and critical phenomena; equilibrium and stability criteria in different representation; irreversible thermodynamics. Introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1

MAE 531 - Engineering Design Optimization

Units: 3

Nonlinear optimization techniques with applications in various aspects of engineering design. Terminology, problem formulation, single and multiple design variables, constraints, classical and heuristic approaches, single and multiobjective problems, response surface modeling, and tradeoffs in complex engineering systems. Numerical optimization algorithms and implementation of these optimization techniques. Graduate standing in engineering recommended.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

MAE 535 - Design of Electromechanical Systems

Units: 3

A practical introduction to electromechanical systems with emphasis on modeling, analysis, design, and control techniques. Provides theory and practical tools for the design of electric machines [standard motors, linear actuators, magnetic bearings, etc]. Involves some self-directed laboratory work and culuminates in an industrial design project. Topics include Maxwell's equations, electromechanical energy conversion, finite element analysis, design and control techniques.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1

MAE 543 - Fracture Mechanics

Units: 3

Concept of elastic stress intensity factor, Griffith energy balance, determination of the elastic field at a sharp crack tip via eigenfunction expansion methods, J integrals analysis, experimental determination of fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth, elastic-plastic crack tip fields. Emphasis on modern numerical methods for determination of stress intensity factors, critical crack sizes and fatigue crack propagation rate predictions.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1

MAE 551 - Airfoil Theory

Units: 3

Development of fundamental aerodynamic theory. Emphasis upon mathematical analysis and derivation of equations of motion, airfoil theory and comparison with experimental results. Introduction to super sonic flow theory.

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2016 Summer Term 1

MAE 586 - Project Work In Mechanical Engineering

Units: 1 - 6

Individual or small group investigation of a problem stemming from a mutual student-faculty interest. Emphasis on providing a situation for exploiting student curiosity.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

MAE 688 - Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half Time Registration

Units: 1

For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Summer Term 2 2016 Fall Term

MAE 504 - Fluid Dynamics Of Combustion I

Units: 3

Gas-phase thermochemistry including chemical equilibrium and introductory chemical kinetics. Homogeneous reaction phenomena. Subsonic and supersonic combustion waves in premixed reactants [deflagration and detonation]. Effects of turbulence. Introduction to diffusion flame theory.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

MAE 505 - Heat Transfer Theory and Applications

Units: 3

Development of basic equations for steady and transient heat and mass transfer processes. Emphasis on application of basic equations to engineering problems in areas of conduction, convection, mass transfer and thermal radiation.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

MAE 513 - Principles of Structural Vibration

Units: 3

Principles of structural vibration beginning from single and multi-degree of freedom systems and extending to distributed systems. Forced system response, vibration of strings, bars, shafts and beams and an introduction to approximate methods.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

MAE 531 - Engineering Design Optimization

Units: 3

Nonlinear optimization techniques with applications in various aspects of engineering design. Terminology, problem formulation, single and multiple design variables, constraints, classical and heuristic approaches, single and multiobjective problems, response surface modeling, and tradeoffs in complex engineering systems. Numerical optimization algorithms and implementation of these optimization techniques. Graduate standing in engineering recommended.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

MAE 533 - Finite Element Analysis I

Units: 3

Fundamental concepts of the finite element method for linear stress and deformation analysis of mechanical components. Development of truss, beam, frame, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and solid elements. Isoparametric formulations. Introduction to structural dynamics. Practical modeling techniques and use of general-purpose codes for solving practical stress analysis problems.

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2016 Fall Term

MAE 541 - Advanced Solid Mechanics I

Units: 3

Development of principles of advanced strength of materials and elasticity theory leading to solution of practical engineering problems concerned with stress and deformation analysis. Tensor analysis, coordinate transformations, alternative measures of strain, elastic constitutive equations, stress measures, formulation and solution of two and three dimensional elasticity problems. Examples include advanced beam theory for shear deformation and large deformation, contact mechanics, stress concentration, pressure vessels and compound cylinders, thermal stress analysis, and stresses in layered microelectronic devices.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

MAE 550 - Foundations Of Fluid Dynamics

Units: 3

Review of basic thermodynamics pertinent to gas dynamics. Detailed development of general equations governing fluid motion in both differential and integral forms. Simplification of the equations to those for specialized flow regimes. Similarity parameters. Applications to simple problems in various flow regimes.

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

MAE 561 - Wing Theory

Units: 3

Discussion of inviscid flow fields over wings in subsonic flow. Vortex lattice methods, lifting surface theories and panel methods developed for wings with attached flow and leading-edge separation. Calculation of aerodynamic characteristics and determination of effects of planform and airfoil shapes.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2016 Fall Term

MAE 586 - Project Work In Mechanical Engineering

Units: 1 - 6

Individual or small group investigation of a problem stemming from a mutual student-faculty interest. Emphasis on providing a situation for exploiting student curiosity.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

MAE 589 - Special Topics In Mechanical Engineering

Units: 1 - 6

Faculty and student discussions of special topics in mechanical engineering.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

MAE 688 - Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half Time Registration

Units: 1

For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Summer Term 2 2016 Fall Term

 

Tuition Level: Graduate - Engineering

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $445.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $13,369.80

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,041.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $31,249.80

Approximate cost per semester: $4,010.94 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJun 25 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
SpringNov 25 (US); Jul 15 (Int)
Summer 1DE Students ONLY: Mar 25 (US); Dec 15 (Int)
Summer 2DE Students ONLY: May 10 (US); Dec 15 (Int)

Dr. Paul Ro

Director of Graduate Programs

919.515.5235
ro@ncsu.edu

Richard S. Shryock

Associate Director, Engineering Distance Education Programs

919.513.3815
rsshryoc@ncsu.edu