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Master's in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

From research to real-world applications, mechanical and aerospace engineers constantly discover how to improve our lives by creating bold new solutions that connect science to life in unexpected, forward thinking ways.  Mechanical and Aerospace engineering students at OSU have a variety of opportunities to challenge themselves, experience great things and be nationally recognized by their accomplishments. 


There are two options for the completion of a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering – MS (coursework with thesis) and MS with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UMAS) Concentration (coursework with thesis). A minimum of 30 credit hours is required by OSU for graduation.


Degree Requirements

MS (30 credit hours)

  • 18 hours of graduate MAE courses
  • 6 hours of elective courses
  • Six hours of thesis

MS with UMAS Concentration (30 credit hours)

  • 12 hours of UMAS core courses
  • 6 hours of graduate MAE courses
  • 6 hours of elective courses
  • Six hours of thesis (requires MS research and defense in an area closely related to Unmanned Aerial Systems)


Research and Faculty


Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Brian Elbing is studying new ways to improve tornado forecasting that involves infrasound. Other areas of interest include flow control, multiphase flow and experimental fluid mechanics.

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The recommended application deadlines for priority consideration for admission, assistantships, and fellowships are February 1st for Fall admission and July 1st for Spring admission. A completed application includes completion of the online application and receipt of all required test scores, Letters of Recommendation, and other requested materials.





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Cost and Assistantships 

Many graduate students are hired by professors to work on funded research projects. These students conduct research for faculty and are paid from the faculty’s research grants and contracts. To receive a research assistantship the applicant must directly contact the MAE faculty in their area(s) of interest. Every applicant is automatically considered for financial support and no additional information is required.  


Students with an excellent academic background and a high GRE score usually receive support in the form of a research and/or teaching assistantship(s). The number and type of assistantships, as well as the level of support, depend on the funding available at the time MAE receives the application.



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