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Aerospace Engineering Graduate Students

Graduate Program Objectives

The overall objective of the graduate program in aerospace engineering is to develop in a student the ability to define a technical problem, establish an appropriate mathematical or experimental model based on a firm understanding of the physical nature of the problem, analyze the problem by theoretical, numerical, or experimental techniques, and evaluate the results. Although this ability is developed in the context of aerospace problems, it is applicable to the engineering of any physical system. The program is designed for a student with any of the following specific objectives:

  • A sound foundation in advanced mathematics, science, and engineering which will equip the student well for research and development work or for further advanced study toward a doctoral degree in engineering.
  • A program of advanced study which allows specialization in one of the following areas:
    • Fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and propulsion (theoretical and applied aerodynamics, gas dynamics, viscous fluid mechanics, turbulence, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, bio-fluidics, hypersonic flow theory, high-temperature gas dynamics, V/STOL and rotorcraft aerodynamics, air-breathing and rocket propulsion);
    • Structural mechanics and structures(solid mechanics, aerospace structures, structural dynamics, composite structures and material characterization, damage tolerance, smart structures, structure optimization, sensor technology, high-temperature structures and materials, aeroelasticity);
    • Flight mechanics and controls (atmospheric and space flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, guidance, navigation and control);
    • Vehicle design (conceptual aircraft design, atmospheric flight vehicle design, spacecraft design, computer-aided engineering).
  • A balanced but non-specialized program of advanced study in aerodynamics, astronautics, flight dynamics, structural analysis, propulsion, and fluid mechanics, with emphasis on experimental techniques and modern mathematical analysis.

Graduates of the Aerospace Engineering Program at UTA are well-prepared to pursue careers in the research, design, development, ground and flight testing of all types of aerospace systems. Two of our graduate alumni are astronauts.

Continuation in the Program

The Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each aerospace engineering graduate student must:

  • Maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework major and minor, and
  • Demonstrate suitability for professional engineering practice.

At such time as questions are raised by aerospace engineering graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in Aerospace Engineering. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."

Certificate Program

Beginning with Fall 2016 requests, the graduate school will deny the certificate in MyMav and make the student eligible to “reapply” for a future term, just like they do for degree seeking students. The student will receive an email from the graduate school to inform them. There is a form for a student to request a certificate. When that form that was submitted is denied, it will be noted as denied, and the student will have to submit a new form if they expect to earn the certificate in a future term.

There is a $5 fee for a certificate. The graduate school will only charge the fee to a student’s account when a certificate is actually printed at the end of the term. They also plan to email the student to let them know their certificate was printed and the fee posted. The form can be found here:

Pick the one that says “I will complete all requirements for my certificate by the end of this semester.”

Our Certificates are:

  • AUTOENGR -- Auto Engineering                                       
  • ME_CT -- Electronic Packaging                            
  • ME_CTMANU -- Manufacturing                     
  • MAEUVSCERT -- Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  • Vertical Lift/Rotorcraft 

Classroom Assistants

CA / GTA Application

Classroom Assistant (CA) applications are available twice a year for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering undergraduate or graduate students. Applications are available March 1-31 for the fall term and October 1-31 for the spring term. Applications are not accepted prior to or after the due date. A CA may be entitled to Texas resident tuition rates.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

CA / GTA Application

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) applications are available twice a year for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduate students. Applications are available March 1-31 for the fall term and October 1-31 for the spring term. Applications are not accepted prior to or after the due date. 

A GTA position provides competitive stipends. GTAs may be entitled to Texas resident tuition rates; for details, see

GTAs may also be eligible for a STEM fellowship, which covers most fees and all but the statutory tuition, international student fee and student insurance; for details, see