Master of Aerospace Engineering

The Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is a multidisciplinary, part-time 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. (See also: MAE Admissions). Aerospace Engineering classes meet in the evening, once per week.

The MAE is a terminal, coursework-only degree (does not lead to a PhD).

The following information applies only to students admitted to the Master of Aerospace Engineering program for Autumn 2013 and later. MAE students admitted before 2013 should refer to the MAE (Pre-2013) or MAE-CMS degree requirements.

MAE Degree Requirements:

Credits, Enrollment, & Time to Degree
Registering for Classes
Curriculum & Requirements
Choosing a Concentration
Example Schedule
Distance Learning

Credits, Enrollment, & Time-to-Degree

Total Credits: MAE students are required to complete a minimum of 45 graduate-level MAE-specific credits within the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics.

These courses are designated with the prefix "A E". Courses outside the department as well as "A A" courses within the department will not be accepted toward MAE degree requirements. All courses must be numerically graded.

Part-Time Enrollment: You are expected to enroll part time, taking one technical course and one professional development course (5 credits total) per quarter. Courses meet in the evening, once per week.

Time-to-Degree: Assuming continuous enrollment (autumn, winter, spring) and satisfactory academic performance, students can finish in three years.

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Registering for Classes

MAE students (both on-campus and distance learning) register for classes through the Registration Services Department in the UW division of Professional & Continuing Education (PCE). MAE students should not register through the “MyUW” portal (though your enrollment schedule will eventually display in MyUW).

Note: Though the registration system is online, it is not an automated real-time system. Your enrollment will be processed the next business day after registration and payment are received. The course will appear on your MyUW schedule one business day after that. Thus, it takes 2-5 business days after both the registration form and payment are received by Registration Services for you to get access to your online course materials. Please plan accordingly.

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Curriculum & Requirements

The 45 required MAE credits are distributed among an analytical methods course, prescribed core courses, technical electives, and a weekly professional development colloquium.

Analytical Methods: All MAE students are required to take A E 501, "Analytical Methods for Aerospace Engineering" in their first quarter in the MAE program.

Core Area: You indicated an area of interest at the time you applied. However, you must formally declare your concentration during your first year in the program (preferably in the late-winter or spring). Each area of concentration corresponds to a set of required core courses.

Technical Breadth: In addition to the courses required by your core area , you must complete breadth electives outside your concentration. You may choose to complete all breadth requirements within a single area or may choose to take breadth electives in multiple areas.

Professional Development: Every quarter, the department will offer a weekly professional development seminar: A E 598, "Aerospace Engineering Colloquium". The colloquium will feature a series of guest speakers presenting on topics relevant to professional aerospace engineers. MAE students are required to enroll in the colloquium every quarter on a CR/NC basis.


Technical Courses

Analytical Methods


Core Area


Breadth Electives


Professional Development





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Choosing a Concentration

By the end of your first year in the MAE program (in late-winter or spring), you must declare an area of concentration. Your area of concentration will dictate which courses will be required as your "core area" requirements.

Currently, the department offers concentrations in the following four areas. Your concentration will appear on your transcript.



(some course numbers TBD)


AE 510, Linear Systems Theory
AE 511, Classical Control Theory
AE 512, Dynamics, Stability, & Control of Vehicles
AE 513, Multivariable Control
AE 514, Estimation Theory


AE 520, Fluid Dynamics
AE 521, Aircraft Propulsion

AE 522 Rocket Propulsion
AE 523, Aircraft Noise

AE 524 Computational Methods in Aerodynamics


AE 540, Mechanics of Solids (required)

Take 4 out of the 5 following classes:
AE 541, Finite Element Methods
AE 542, Fatigue & Fracture
AE 543, Structural Vibrations

AE 544, Additive Manufacturing

AE 550, Mechanics of Composites


AE 550, Mechanics of Composites
AE 551, Aerospace Composite Design I       AE 552, Aerospace Composite Design II

AE 553, Advanced Composite Structural Analysis

AE 554, Manufacturing of Aerospace Composites

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Example Schedule(s)

MAE students are expected maintain part-time enrollment and finish in three years. This will require satisfying core requirements at the appropriate times. Many courses are offered on an every-other-year schedule. This means your degree plan/course schedule will depend on whether you entered the program in an EVEN year (e.g., Autumn 2014) or ODD year (e.g., Autumn 2015).

Below is a set of example schedules that you should plan to follow. Please note, however, that these are examples and actual course offerings may change from time to time.

Updated Example Schedules Coming Soon!



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Distance Learning

Distance learning enrollment is available for all students (including international students) in the MAE program.

Courses completed via distance learning rely on the exact same content (i.e., lectures, assignments, exams, and evaluation) as courses completed on campus. Distance learning simply provides access to view lectures via live webcast or to access them after they have been recorded. Homework/exams can be completed remotely. Distance learning students are reminded that they are held to the same standards of performance and same deadlines as students attending class in person.

Click here for further details on distance learning.

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