PhD in Aerospace Engineering

Courses of study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree are available with specializations in

  • aerodynamics and fluid mechanics;
  • structures and solid mechanics;
  • flight dynamics and control; and
  • multidisciplinary analysis and design.

Program Requirements

The plan of study must include 60 credit hours of coursework, including courses from the MS degree, and the following:

Select one of the following major areas15
Aerodynamics/Fluid Mechanics
Intermediate Aerodynamics
Compressible Fluid Flow
Aerodynamics of Viscous Fluids
Solid Mechanics/Structures
Finite Element Analysis of Structures I
Theory of Elasticity
Vibration Analysis
Control/Flight Mechanics
Modern Flight Control System Design I
Advanced Flight Dynamics I
Intermediate Dynamics
Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design (see advisor for details)
Select 18 credit hours outside the major area18
The student must also declare a minor area defined by the advisory committee and select 6 credit hours in the minor (included in the 18 credit hours outside the major)
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours of mathematics/statistics 6
Select 24 credit hours of Dissertation24
PhD Dissertation
Total Credit Hours63

See College of Engineering for requirement details.

Graduate Courses

All graduate courses must be approved in advance of enrollment by a student’s graduate advisor.