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"Pre-2013" Master of Aerospace Engineering in Composite Materials & Structures


Effective 2013, no new students will be admitted to the MAE-CMS program.

Prospective students wishing to pursue a Master of Aerospace Engineering degree with an emphasis in composites and structures should apply to the MAE program and indicate an interest in the Composites concentration.

The following requirements apply to students admitted BEFORE Autumn 2013.

The Master of Aerospace Engineering in Composite Materials & Structures (MAE-CMS) is a practice-oriented, multidisciplinary master's degree program for recent graduates and engineering professionals who wish to expand their knowledge or broaden their skills in the emerging field of composite materials.  Students will also learn skills that are vital in the aerospace engineering industry, such as business, management, manufacturing, and communication. The MAE-CMS program is a terminal degree, meaning that it does not lead to PhD studies in Aeronautics and Astronautics; rather, it is aimed at developing practical engineering skills needed in industry.

For engineering professionals, our online MAE-CMS is designed to work with your busy schedules.  Lectures are recorded and can be watched via streaming video, while homework and exams can be completed remotely.  The degree structure is the same as our on-campus program; however, a few courses are unavailable to online students (mainly the business and statistics courses). In this case, other approved online courses may be substituted.  For more information on our online program, please visit:

Pre-2013 Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 12 courses, plus 8 credits of independent or team project work.  There is no thesis requirement for the MAE-CMS, but written and oral reports must be submitted at the conclusion of the project, which may be a laboratory experiment, team or independent design study, work-related project, or other project selected in consultation with the student’s research advisor or the Graduate Program Advisor.


The MAE-CMS degree requires that students take a specific set of core courses to be prepared for work in the composites field.  Below you will find a table with the suggested coursework. Courses outside those in the suggested program plans (below) must be approved prior to registration or may not be counted toward the degree.

All courses that count toward the degree must be graded.

Core Courses (Required)
AA 532
AA 533
AA 534
AA 535

Mathematics Courses (Choose 2)
AMATH 581, 582, 584, 585, or other graduate-level courses in numerical methods or statistics.

Technical Electives (Choose 3)

AA 432
AA 530
AA 531
AA 538
AA 540
AA 541
AA 554
AA 571
ME 553
ME 559
ME 588
ME 541
ME/MSE 562

Business, Manufacturing or Systems Electives (Choose 2)

AA/IND E 470
IND E 521
IND E 524
IND E 526
MGMT 521

Free Elective (Choose1)
Any technical or non-technical graduate-level course

Project (8 credits)
Your advisor must approve the report for the MAE-CMS independent or team project, and an electronic copy must be submitted to the Department.  MAE-CMS students must also present their project to their advisor through an oral presentation.