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Program at a Glance

Type
Online Master’s
College
Engineering and Computer Science
Next Start Date

January 10, 2022

Costs
$327.32
Per Credit Hour

16
Week
Terms
30
Credit
Hours

Costs
$1,151.72
Per Credit Hour

16
Weeks
Terms
30
Credit
Hours
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Most Innovative University 2022


Advance your career in a growing, progressive field

Become an expert in the dynamic, expanding field of aerospace engineering with a graduate degree from UCF. As an aerospace engineer, you’ll help influence and advance the design and implementation of aircraft, spacecraft, satellites and more, as you tackle challenges and soar to new heights in this burgeoning field.

The skills you learn within your online master’s in aerospace engineering will empower you to make bold decisions that inspire more efficient and effective aeronautics projects. Recognizing the amplified demand for talented aeronautics professionals, the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the 2020 median salary for qualified aerospace engineers as over $118,000 a year.

Through UCF Online, you’ll have access to flexible course structures and study topics in areas such as aerodynamics, propulsion, thermal analysis and design, flight mechanics, and modeling methods. Pursue your degree through one of three tracks, all fully available online, including the Space Systems Design and Engineering track, the Thermofluid Aerodynamic Systems Design and Engineering track, and the Guidance Control and Dynamics track. With UCF Online, you can join the forefront of this exciting industry and pursue your master’s degree from anywhere in the world as we bring our team of world-renowned professors and faculty members directly to you through advance online education. Get started today.

Program Tracks

This track is geared toward students looking to focus their studies in the areas of controls and dynamics, space environment, instrumentation and communications, structures and materials, thermal analysis, and design.

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A track for students to specialize in areas of controls and dynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, thermal analysis and design.

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This track is designed for students who want to specialize in the areas of guidance and control dynamics design within the applications of aerospace engineering.

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Highlights

UCF is the No. 1 supplier of graduates to the aerospace and defense industries in the US
100% of program alumni report employment within a year after graduation*
The annual median pay of aerospace engineers is $118K**
Three online program track options available

*Burning Glass 2021
**EMSI Analyst

Application Deadlines

Fall

July 1


Spring

December 1

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Fall

July 1


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December 1

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Course Requirements

In order to earn your Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, you’ll need to complete 30 credit hours and decide if you’re going to pursue the thesis or non-thesis track. Of the 30 credit hours needed to complete this degree, at least half must be taken at the 6000 course level. Your course schedule may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

Number of Core Classes

You can choose from three different tracks; each track offers its own unique curriculum. Depending on the track you pursue, required courses range from nine to twelve credits. The remaining credits are comprised of electives or thesis hours depending on the option you choose. Each track also requires certain prerequisite courses, such as differential equations, flight structures and flight mechanics – prerequisites are the same for all three tracks. Core class details per track include:

Guidance Control and Dynamics Track – 9 credit hours of required courses, 15 credit hours of elective courses and an additional six credit hours of either thesis work or additional course work.

Space Systems Design Track – 12 required courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses and an additional six credit hours of either thesis work or additional course work.

Thermofluid Aerodynamic Systems Design and Engineering Track – 12 required courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses and an additional six credit hours of either thesis work or additional course work.

Courses You’ll Take Include

Learn about inertial and GPS navigation techniques, explicit and implicit guidance formulations, as well as control applications in aircraft, missile and space vehicles.

Study fluid kinematics, Navier-Stokes equations, boundary layer flow, inviscid flow, circulation and vorticity, as well as low Reynolds number flow in this required course.

Rocket Propulsion

This elective course teaches you to analyze the performance of rocket motors as you study the selection and thermochemistry of chemical propellants, as well as liquid and solid propellant rockets.


Skills You’ll Gain

  • Gain the knowledge and skills in the areas of space systems design and thermofluid aerodynamics systems design.
  • Understand the latest modeling and mathematical methods used in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
  • Learn how the latest technologies for aerospace vehicle systems, including satellite remote sensing and payload instrumentation.
Explore the full course list within the program brochure.


Career Opportunities

This program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your field. The skills gained from this program combined with your professional experience will enable you to grow within your field. Some positions that may be available to you upon graduation include:

  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

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Why UCF Online?

UCF is the number one supplier of graduates to the aerospace and defense industries. Our graduates work at top aerospace and defense companies, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, SpaceX, Blue Origin, NASA Centers, and DoD/DoE Research Laboratories. With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, UCF Online offers students an innovative approach to education. Our degrees are accessible, convenient, and designed with working professionals in mind so you can receive a quality education on your terms.



Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way. Connect with a coach now.

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