Master of Aerospace Engineering (General Studies)

The Master of Aerospace Engineering (General Studies) is a multidisciplinary professional graduate degree. The MAE (General Studies) emphasizes the applied skills and experience needed in industry and differs significantly from the Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA), which emphasizes preparation for independent, academic research.

The MAE (General Studies) is a terminal degree (does not lead to a PhD). This degree is an intensive, full-time, coursework-only graduate program to be completed in one year. Courses meet in the evening, once per week. MAE (General Studies) students are expected to attend class in person and will have limited access to distance-learning resources.

MAE (General Studies) students do not declare an area of concentration and will be limited to choosing from the courses offered in the year they attend. MAE (General Studies) students will not receive degree credit for participating in the MAE program’s professional development colloquium (AE 598)

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MAE (General Studies) - Admissions
MAE (General Studies) - Graduation Requirements


Applying to the MAE (General Studies)

Admission Requirements
When to Apply
How to Apply
Distance Learning Options
Cost of Attendance
Financial Aid
International Students


Admission Requirements

Previous Academic Preparation: The Master of Aerospace Engineering (General Studies) 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 department's 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 review process. And we are able to provide historical data on average GPA/exam scores for students admitted to this program.

Admitted Applicants






Average GPA






Average GRE Q 90% 75% 83% 83%  
Average GRE V 64% 63% 92% 56%  
Average GRE W 41% 57% 68% 40%  
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When to Apply

The department accepts new degree students for autumn quarter only. Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: April 1.

The department does not review applications until after the deadline has passed. After the deadline, the application system will stop accepting new applications while the department begins its review process. 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 within 8-10 weeks of the application deadline. However, the actual date of notification will vary depending on factors such as the size of the applicant pool. Applicants will be notified via email when a final decision has been made.

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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.

Due to the intensive classroom-based structure of this program, GRE scores are required to apply for admission. GRE scores must be submitted electronically by ETS to the University of Washington (Institution Code: 4854). Test scores must be dated prior to the application deadline and must be received by the university within a reasonable period of time (e.g., two weeks) after the deadline.

A statement of purpose should convey additional information not available on your transcripts or resume. It should be approximately two pages in length and should offer a clear overview of your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree, your previous preparation, and your plans for seeing this degree through to completion. Other relevant information may also be included.

Letters from academic references and relevant professional references are equally acceptable. Strong letters will be substantive, specific, and will address (1) the applicant's technical experience and 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 professional goals.

English language exams may be required by the Graduate School for students who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution. Click here for further details regarding English proficiency requirements. 

  • Electronic Application
  • Resume
  • GRE Scores
  • Transcripts: We only want transcripts from institutions where you received (or will receive) a degree.

    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.

    Electronic 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. Electronic 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.

    Please do not mail paper transcripts.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • English proficiency

Distance Learning Options

MAE (General Studies) students are expected to attend class on campus.

General Studies students will not have access to distance learning services such as off-site exam proctoring or course materials handling. Similarly, as with all full-time, on-campus students, final grades for General Studies student may reflect in-person class attendance and participation (as determined by the instructor).

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Cost of Attendance

While enrolled to take on-campus courses, MAE (General Studies) students are subject to the tuition and fees set by the University. While certain fees are the same for all on-campus students, tuition depends on a student’s residency status. For the current tuition rates, refer to the Office of Planning & Budget graduate tuition dashboard. Note: Students in our department are assessed the “Graduate Tier III” tuition rate.

For an estimate of the full cost of attendance (including living expenses) please refer to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Financial Aid

Departmental Assistance: The department is unable to offer financial assistance (assistantships or fellowships) to professional students in the MAE or MAE (General Studies) programs.

University Assistance: MAE (General Studies) 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.

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International Applications

International applicants who hold an appropriate undergraduate degree from an accredited university are eligible to apply to the MAE (General Studies) program. Applicants admitted as full-time, on-campus students will be eligible for a visa, issued through the UW Graduate School, subject to certain restrictions and requirements. Please contact the Graduate School directly for visa information (

When preparing their applications, international students must be certain to provide legible, fully translated copies of their undergraduate transcripts.

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