AAE Distance Graduate Education
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, through Purdue University's Engineering Professional Education program, is offering graduate level courses in aerospace engineering so that students can earn non-thesis MS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics entirely via distance learning courses.
To pursue a non-thesis MS AAE degree, students need to apply for admission to the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and be accepted following the same criteria as on-campus students. The School's programs lead to the degrees of Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MSAE), Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), and Master of Science (MS). The MSE degree is awarded to those graduate students whose undergraduate degree is in an engineering field different from Aeronautics and Astronautics. The MS degree is awarded to graduate students whose undergraduate degree is in the physical sciences or mathematics rather than in engineering.
Once accepted to the MS program in AAE, the student will need to work with an AAE faculty member as the graduate committee advisor, and ask at least two additional engineering faculty members to serve on the graduate committee. This committee, and particularly the advisor, can help with course selection for the student's plan of study.
To earn a non-thesis MS AAE degree, the student must take 10 courses (for a total of 30 credit hours). The student can select a major area of study in AAE (at least 4 courses), as well as a minor area (at least 2 courses) and a minor area in Mathematics (at least 2 courses). The MS minor area is very flexible and can be in any broad area of Engineering and Sciences. More details can be found in the Graduate School rules.
Engineering Professional Education administers distance learning courses for Purdue Engineering. The EPE site will be able to answer questions about class registration, tuition and fees, course content delivery and other support functions for our distance learning courses.
In addition to the planned non-thesis MS AAE degree, it is possible to pursue advanced studies relevant to aerospace engineering and earn an Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering or a Master of Science degree from Purdue. You can also take graduate classes with a non-degree status to improve your knowledge in an area of interest; courses taken under non-degree status can be transferred to your degree if the grades are B or higher.
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is also offering several non-credit short courses that allow students to increase their knowledge in specialized topics or gain an overview of new areas in aerospace engineering. These short courses are administered by Purdue's Engineering Professional Education, which maintains a list of all Professional Development Short Courses.
The School is excited about this opportunity to reach students through distance education. With our history of quality education, we are confident that our school's participation with Engineering Professional Education will be a benefit to all participants.
Current and prospective distance education course offerings in the disciplinary areas for the AAE degree include the following courses. Courses from other Schools and Departments deemed appropriate for AAE students also appear below. Courses chosen for a student's plan of study must be approved by the student's advisory committee.
AAE 514 – Intermediate Aerodynamics
AAE 515 – Rotorcraft Aerodynamics
AAE 519 – Hypersonic Aerodynamics
AAE 613 – Viscous Flow
AAE 615 – Aeroacoustics (also cross listed as ME 615)
AAE 624 – Laminar to Turbulent Transition
AAE 626 – Turbulence and Turbulence Modeling
ME 509 – Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
ME 510 – Gas Dynamics
ME 513 – Engineering Acoustics
AAE 590K – System of Systems Modeling and Analysis
ME 553 – Product and Process Design
ME 571 – Reliability-based Design
Astrodynamics & Space Applications
AAE 532 – Orbit Mechanics
AAE 575 – Introduction to Satellite Navigation and Positioning
AAE 590X – Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics
AAE 690G – Astrodynamics Navigation and Guidance
AAE 690S – Advanced Signals and Systems for Satellite Navigation
Dynamics and Control
AAE 564 – Systems Analysis and Synthesis
AAE 607 – Variational Priniciples of Mechanics
AAE 696 – Theory and Practice of Multivariable Control
ECE 580 – Optimization Methods for Systems and Control
ECE 600 – Random Variables and Signals
ECE 602 – Lumped System Theory
ECE 680 – Modern Automatic Control
ME 560 – Kinematics
ME 562 – Advanced Dynamics
ME 565 – Vehicle Dynamics
ME 575 – Theory and Design of Control Systems
ME 578 – Digital Control
ME 579 – Fourier Methods in Digital Signal Processing
ME 675 – Multivariable Control System Design
AAE 539 – Advanced Rocket Propulsion
AAE 590R – Aerospace Propulsion
ME 525 – Combustion
Structures & Materials
AAE 552 – Nondestructive Evaluation of Structures and Materials
AAE 554 – Fatigue of Structures and Materials
AAE 555 – Mechanics of Composite Materials
AAE 556 – Aeroelasticity
AAE 558 – Finite Element Methods in Aerospace Structures
AAE 559 – Mechanics of Friction and Wear
ME 563 – Mechanical Vibrations
ME 569 – Mechanical Behavior of Materials
MA 511 – Linear Algebra with Applications
MA 525 – Introduction to Complex Analysis
MA 527 – Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists I
MA 528 – Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists II
ME 581 – Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
STAT 514 – Design of Experiments
STAT 516 – Basic Probability and Applications
Tentative course schedules, listing all Purdue courses offered by Engineering Professional Education (including AAE courses), are available at: https://engineering.purdue.edu/ProEd/courses/advance_planning_schedule. Planned AAE course offerings for the next several semesters are summarized below.