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Program/Degree
Aerospace Engineering (PHD) 
Program Description

Research in aerospace engineering covers the fields of aeronautics and space technology. The AME Doctoral programs require the completion of a minimum of 57-59 units of graduate credit, depending upon the student’s educational background (see below), plus 18 units of Dissertation:

  • Direct B.S. to Ph.D. track - Please note that admission to the Direct B.S. to Ph.D. track requires the demonstration of exceptionally good performance in academics and research by the applicant during the course of his/her undergraduate career.  This track requires 59 units of coursework.  Students who are on the Direct B.S. to Ph.D. track must take the Qualifying Examination no later than their fifth semester in residence for the Ph.D. degree (first semester of their third year).
  • University of Arizona AME M.S. to Ph.D. - This track requires 57 units of coursework.  Students who completed the requirements for the M.S. degree with the University of Arizona AME Department must take the Qualifying Examination no later than their second semester in residence for the Ph.D. degree (second semester of their first year).  In addition, 24-30 units may be transferred from the UAAME M.S. degree program to the Ph.D. program.
  • Non-University of Arizona AME M.S. to Ph.D. - This track requires 57 units of coursework.  Students who completed the requirements for the M.S. degree at another institution must take the Qualifying Examination no later than their third semester in residence for the Ph.D. degree (first semester of their second year).  Up to 30 units may be transferred from an MS degree, subject to Graduate College rules for credit transfer, and if they are appropriate for inclusion in the student’s Ph.D. Plan of Study.
 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering -

The Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (AME) is excited that you have chosen to apply to our graduate program!

Admission to the AME graduate programs is granted based on a holistic evaluation of applicants’ credentials, including undergraduate and/or graduate GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, research experience, and letters of recommendation. A Bachelor of Science degree from an aerospace, mechanical, or nuclear engineering curriculum of a recognized institution of higher education is required of all applicants to the graduate program, with a cumulative grade point average equivalent to 3.25/4.00 or better in previous university‑level academic coursework, particularly in advanced mathematics and engineering courses. However, graduates from other engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences curricula may be admitted provisionally. Applicants’ GRE scores are expected to be in the top 25th percentile, particularly for the Quantitative portion of the GRE.  International students must submit TOEFL (minimum overall score of 79) or IELTS scores (minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area falling below a 6) in order to be considered for admission.

Please note that ALL applicants who wish to be considered for departmental funding must apply and submit an online application for admission by January 1st for Fall admission and by June 1st for the Spring admission.  Online applications for admission (not requiring funding) may be submitted by domestic applicants at any time before the start of the Fall or Spring semesters, and by international applicants by June 1st for Fall admission and by October 15th  for Spring admission. 

 
College
College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Ranjini M Kandyil
520-621-4692
Graduate Program Coordinator
Ranjini M Kandyil
520-621-4692
Director of Graduate Studies
Cholik Chan
520-621-2503
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Janae E Gregston
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

(1) Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.25
(2) GRE General Exam scores: Applicants’ scores are expected to be in the top 25 percentile, particularly for the Quantitative portion.
(3) 3 letters of recommendation
(4) Statement of purpose
(5) International applicants: minimum TOEFL internet based score of 79 or IELTS test score of 7.

 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE General

Required for International Applicants: TOEFL or IELTS

 
Financial Aid

It is recommended that both international and domestic students apply by the following deadlines if they wish to be considered for department funding:

Fall semester application deadline: January 1
Spring semester application deadline: June 1

Teaching and Research Assistantships available to outstanding students.

 
Admissions Deadlines

Deadline for Domestic Applicants Application for Admission only (without Funding Consideration):

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1

Deadline for Domestic Applicants and International Applicants Application for Admission, with Funding Consideration:

  • Fall: January 1
  • Spring: June 1
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1502(MEE), 1601(AEE)
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Aerospace Engineering

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements
  • The Direct B.S. to Ph.D. track requires 59 units of coursework, including:
    • 5 units (semesters) of graduate seminars (AME 696G)
    • 6 units AME 500A/500B
    • Minimum 36 units in area of major subject.
    • Maximum of 6 units of individual study (AME 599, 699,799) or research (AME 900) or case study (AME 908)
    • 9-12 units in the minor depending on the minor department requirement.
  • The University of Arizona AME M.S. to Ph.D. track requires 57 units of coursework, including:
    • 3 units (semesters) of graduate seminars (AME 696G)
    • Minimum 12 units in area of major subject.  24-30 units may be transferred from the AME MS degree.
    • Maximum of 6 units of individual study (AME 599, 699, 799) or research (AME 900) or case study (AME 908)
    • 9-12 units in the minor depending on the minor department requirement
  • The Non-University of Arizona AME M.S. to Ph.D. track requires 57 units of coursework, including:
    • 3 units (semesters) of graduate seminars (AME 696G)

    • Minimum 36 units in area of major subject. **Up to 30 units may be transferred from an MS degree, subject to Graduate College rules for credit transfer, and if they are appropriate for inclusion in the student’s PhD Plan of Study.

    • Maximum of 6 units of individual study (AME 599, 699,799) or research (AME 900) or case study (AME 908)

    • 9-12 units in the minor depending on the minor department requirement.

 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Student Handbook
http://ame.engr.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/GradBookasofJuly2013_updated.pdf  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 63%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 6.75
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 91%
Enrollment Percent Female 9%
Enrollment Percent International 41%
Enrollment Percent URM 16%

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Last revised 16 May 2016