Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Graduate Program Requirements

Master's Degree Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 30 graduate credit hours are required for a Master's Degree as well as a sufficient Thesis or Non-Thesis project. Courses counted toward the coursework requirements must be letter graded (A-E). Any courses taken Spring 2018 and beyond students must earn a grade of C or better in order for courses to count toward the coursework requirements. In order to count toward your degree courses, taken outside of Engineering, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, or Medicine must be approved by your advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee via a MAE program petition.

Master's - Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • 18 total hours of letter graded graduate courses1

    • At least 3 hours must be 4000+ Math (except Math 4504), 5000+ Stats, or other program approved math equivalency courses2

    • At least 9 hours must be 5000+ MAE courses3

    • At least 6 hours must be 6000+ courses

  • At least 12 hours of AAE 8998 with your faculty advisor

  • AAE Seminar every semester until graduation

  • A Master's Thesis

Master's - Non-Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Non-Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • 27 total hours of letter graded graduate courses1

    • At least 3 hours must be 4000+ Math (except Math 4504), 5000+ Stats, or other program approved math equivalency courses2

    • At least 12 hours must be 5000+ MAE courses3

    • At least 12 hours must be 6000+ courses

  • At least 3 hours of AAE 8998 with your faculty advisor

  • AAE Seminar every semester until graduation

  • A Non-Thesis project as decided upon by your MS committee

1: In addition to the Math requirement, up to 3 hours may be 4000+ non-departmental courses as long as the MAE 5000+ and the 6000+ requirements are still met.

2: A course being used to satisfy the Math requirement cannot be used to satisfy the other letter graded MS course requirements.

3: 6000+ MAE can be used to satisfy both the AAE 5000+ and 6000+ requirements.


Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 80 graduate credit hours are required after a BS degree for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree. Courses counted toward the coursework requirements must be letter graded (A-E). Any courses taken Spring 2018 and beyond students must earn a grade of C or better in order for courses to count toward the coursework requirements. In order to count toward your degree courses, taken outside of Engineering, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, or Medicine must be approved by your advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee via a MAE program petition.

For students who did not earn a Master's degree but are pursuing a PhD directly, a Master's degree can be acquired, with your faculty advisor's approval, upon successful completion of the Candidacy Exam.

BS-PhD

Students who have earned a BS degree and wish to pursue a PhD directly must meet the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • 30 total hours of 5000+ letter graded graduate courses4

    • At least 3 hours must be 5000+ Math, Stats, or other program approved math equivalency courses5

    • At least 18 hours must be 6000+ courses and at least 9 of those hours must be MAE courses

  • At least 50 hours of AAE 8999 with your faculty advisor

  • AAE Seminar every semester until graduation

  • First author journal submission

  • Successful completion of the Qualifying and Candidacy Exams

  • Submission and successful defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

MS-PhD

If a master’s degree has been earned by the student, a minimum of 50 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s degree is required. Students who have already earned a MS degree must meet the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • 18 total hours of 5000+ letter graded graduate courses4

    • At least 3 hours must be Math, Stats, or other program approved math equivalency courses5

    • At least 9 hours must be 6000+ MAE courses

    • OSU MAE MS graduates can double-count up to 2 courses from their MS degree toward their PhD coursework requirements.

  • At least 32 hours of AAE 8999 with your faculty advisor

  • AAE Seminar every semester until graduation

  • First author journal submission

  • Successful completion of the Qualifying and Candidacy Exams

  • Submission and successful defense of a Doctoral Dissertation