Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Master's Degree Course Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 30 graduate credit hours are required for a Master's Degree. It is suggested that courses taken for this degree path should be from within the College of Engineering, Biological, Math and Physical Sciences, or the College of Medicine.

Master's - Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate with a Master's degree:

  • 18 total hours of letter graded graduate coursework1

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

    • At least 9 hours must be 5000+ AAE or AAE program equivalent courses3

    • At least 6 hours must be 6000+ courses

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

  • 3 hours of AAE Seminar

Master's - Non-Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Non-Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate with a Master's degree:

  • 27 total hours of letter graded graduate coursework1

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

    • At least 12 hours must be 5000+ AAE or AAE program equivalent courses3

    • At least 12 hours must be 6000+ courses

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

  • 3 hours of AAE Seminar

1: In addition to the Math requirement, up to 3 hours may be 4000+ non-departmental courses as long as the AAE 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+ AAE courses or 6000+ AAE program equivalent courses can be used to satisfy both the ME 5000+ and 6000+ requirements.

Doctoral Degree Course 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. All courses taken for this degree path should be from within the College of Engineering, Biological, Math and Physical Sciences, or the College of Medicine.

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 credit requirements in order to graduate with a PhD degree:

  • 30 total hours of letter graded graduate coursework
    • At least 3 hours must be 5000+ Math or Stats courses or program approved math equivalency courses4

    • At least 18 hours must be 6000+ courses

    • Any remaining hours needed to meet the letter graded coursework requirements may be 5000+ MAE courses or 4000+ non-departmental courses.

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

  • 4 hours of AAE seminar

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 credit requirements in order to graduate with a PhD degree:

  • 18 total hours of letter graded graduate coursework
    • At least 3 hours must be 5000+ Math or Stats courses or program approved math equivalency courses4

    • At least 15 hours must be 6000+ courses

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

  • 2 hours of AAE seminar