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Aerospace Engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the design, development, testing and production of aircraft and related systems that fly within the Earth’s atmosphere (Aeronautics) and of spacecraft, missiles, rocket propulsion systems and other equipment operating beyond the Earth’s atmosphere (Astronautics). Major areas of study include aeroacoustics, aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, autonomous systems, structures and composites, computational fluid dynamics, design optimization, fatigue and fracture, fluid structure interaction, guidance and control and nondestructive evaluation.

Program highlights:

  • The Department of Aerospace Engineering awarded the Bagley College of Engineering’s first master’s degree in 1951 and its first doctoral degree in 1960. We have awarded degrees to men and women who are now leaders in government, industry and education around the world.
  • The strength of the graduate program, as it has been for more than five decades, resides in its excellent faculty who have a keen interest in the advancement of students and a hands-on approach to education, further enhanced by the outstanding facilities of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Bagley College of Engineering.
What are some potential careers?

Career opportunities may include aerodynamic engineers, aeronautical engineers, aircraft design engineers, aircraft designers, aircraft engineers, astronautical engineers, flight systems test engineers, flight test engineers, rocket engineers and wind tunnel engineers.

Who should pursue this degree?

This graduate degree is designed for students who already have a degree in Aerospace Engineering or a related engineering field and want to further their knowledge and opportunities for career advancement.

"Being in the military, I knew that distance education would be my best chance at furthering my education. Mississippi State was the clear choice for me. Not only did they have a world renown Aerospace department, they were affordable, flexible and extremely military friendly. The instructors have been nothing but amazing to work with and the quality of education has surpassed my expectations. Thank you to the faculty for their dedication and hard work. I'm more than proud to be a Bulldog! "

Kevin Escobedo, Spokane, WA

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