The Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is a multidisciplinary professional graduate degree for recent graduates as well as working professionals. The MAE emphasizes the applied skills and experience needed in industry and differs from the Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA), which emphasizes preparation for independent, academic research.
The MAE is a terminal, coursework-only degree (does not lead to a PhD). This degree is meant to be completed part-time in three years. Courses meet in the evening, once per week, with all students having the option to attend classes online or in person.
Once admitted to the MAE program, students declare an area of concentration. The area of concentration will appear on the student’s records. Currently, the department offers concentrations in the areas of:
Applying to the Master of Aerospace Engineering
Previous Academic Preparation: The Master of Aerospace Engineering is a technical engineering degree. It is expected that admitted applicants will hold an undergraduate degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering.
Undergraduate degrees in other fields may be acceptable, as long as the applicant has completed fundamental engineering and math coursework. (For an example of appropriate math and engineering fundamentals, please see the requirements outlined in our Bachelor of Science curriculum).
Professional experience, though highly desirable, is not accepted in lieu of college-level coursework.
Minimum GPA and Exam Scores: The University of Washington Graduate School requires an applicant to have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered eligible for admission. Beyond this, our department does not maintain a fixed minimum for either GPA or exam scores. However, admission to our department is a competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
When to Apply
The MAE application becomes available in mid-December and completed applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.
Fall 2021 Application Deadline: Priority Deadline April 1, Final Deadline August 1.
All prospective students are highly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline of April 1. Applications received between April 2 and August 1 will be reviewed on a space available basis.
How to Apply
Applying for admission to a graduate degree program begins with the online application system managed by the University of Washington Graduate School. All materials, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted electronically through this system. Once an applicant submits an application, the application and all supporting materials are routed to the department for review.
Required Application Materials: The following materials must be provided in order for an application to be considered complete and eligible for review.
- Electronic Application (Available in mid-December)
We only want transcripts from institutions where you have received or will receive a degree as well as anywhere you have completed engineering fundamental coursework.
Unofficial electronic transcripts should be attached to your electronic application. They should be drawn from documents generated by the institution. A scan of an official transcript is strongly preferred. However, an unofficial transcript or "academic history" generated by an online student portal may also be acceptable. Paper transcripts will not be accepted.
Transcripts must clearly show the institution's name; the student's name; a list of all courses taken and all grades received; as well as the title and date of any degrees conferred. Transcripts must be in PDF format.
Anything that appears to be self-generated or otherwise lacking in the information specified above will not be considered valid (this includes "copy and pasting" from a website) and may be grounds for declining an application. Illegible or indecipherable documents may also negatively impact an application. The department admissions committee reserves the right to require further documentation, up to and including an official transcript, prior to reaching a final decision.
- Statement of Purpose
A Statement of Purpose should convey additional information not available on your transcripts or resume. It should be no more than 2 pages in length and offer a clear overview of your reasons for pursuing this degree, your previous preparation, your research experience and interests, and your plans for seeing this degree through to completion. Other relevant information may also be included.
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
Letters from academic references are preferred but relevant professional references are also acceptable. Strong letters will be substantive, specific, and will address (1) an applicant's technical experience and research ability, (2) the applicant's likelihood of success in graduate-level studies, and (3) the relevance/appropriateness of the MAE program for the applicant's future goals.
- English Proficiency
Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Any applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency as determined by the UW Graduate School in Memorandum No. 8. If you are using an exam to meet the English proficiency requirement, then test scores must be received by the application deadline.
After You've Applied
The department does not review any applications until after the deadline has passed. All applications received between April 2 and August 1 will be reviewed after the August 1 deadline. You can monitor the status of your application by logging in to the application system. However, if there are any questions or concerns regarding your application we will contact you.
The department strives to provide decisions for those meet the priority deadline in mid-May. However, the actual date of notification will vary depending on factors such as the size of the applicant pool. Decisions for applications reviewed after August 1 will be made in early September. Applicants will be notified via email when a final decision has been made.
Online courses are available for all students (including international students) in the MAE program.
Courses completed online rely on the exact same content (i.e., lectures, assignments, exams, and evaluation) as courses completed on campus. Students in online courses are provided access to view lectures via live webcast or to access them after they have been recorded. Homework and exams can be completed remotely. Students are held to the same deadlines standards of performance regardless of if they attend class online or in person. Techonology for online courses is facilitated by Online Learning Technical Support in the University's division of Professional & Continuing Education (PCE).
Cost of Attendance
The Master of Aerospace Engineering is a fee-based professional program. Instructional fees are assessed on a per-credit basis. All students are responsible for the same per-credit fee rate regardless of residency. Registration and fees for this program are managed through the UW division of Professional & Continuing Education (PCE).
Instructional fees are subject to change from year to year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, instructional fees have been set at $1100 per credit. This does not include other additional student services fees or the cost of textbooks and materials.
Departmental Assistance: The department is unable to offer financial assistance (assistantships or fellowships) to students in the MAE program.
University Assistance: MAE students may be eligible for other forms of aid (such a loans) administered through the University. For this reason, all applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on the FAFSA and aid eligibility, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Other Sources of Assistance: Prospective students are strongly encouraged to explore other avenues of potential financial support including outside funding agencies such as NSF, NASA, DoD, and DoE. The University of Washington Grant and Funding Information Service webpage is an excellent informational resource on this topic.
Employer-based Assistance: Students and prospective students who wish to use employer reimbursement or other employer-based education benefits should contact the appropriate benefits office at their place of work.
International applicants who hold an appropriate undergraduate degree from an accredited university are eligible to apply to the MAE program.
However, since the MAE is a part-time program students are not eligible for student visas. International students will be solely responsible for any and all documentation necessary to enter or remain in the United States. The University will not issue visas to students in this degree program.
When preparing their applications, international students must be certain to provide legible, fully translated copies of their undergraduate transcripts.