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School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Graduate Program Degree Requirements

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The following degree requirements should be met in consultation with your major professor:

MS Non-Thesis

30 credit hours needed (10 graduate level courses):

  • 4 courses (12 credit hours) in your major area of study
  • 2 courses (6 credit hours) in your minor area of study
  • 2 math courses (6 credit hours) from MA or STAT
  • 2 technical electives in Engineering or Science decided by you and your major professor (6 credit hours)
  • GPA must be 3.0 or higher at all times and no major class has less than B-
    • At least 1 member (major professor) on your Plan of Study
    • Plan of Study due by the end of 1st semester (2nd semester registration PIN will be held until your POS is submitted)

MS Thesis

30 credit hours needed: 21 hours of graduate level coursework, and at least 9 credit hours of AAE 698 thesis research credits

  • 3 courses (9 credit hours) in your major area of study
  • 2 courses (6 credit hours) in your minor area of study
  • 2 math courses (6 credit hours) from MA or STAT
  • GPA must be 3.0 or higher at all times and no major class has less than B-
    • At least 3 members on your POS Advisory Committee (major professor and two other committee members)
    • Plan of Study due by the end of 1st semester (2nd semester registration PIN will be held until your POS is submitted)

PhD Student Requirements (past completion of MS degree)

90 credit hours needed: 18 credit hours of coursework, 30 credit hours from MS (if approved), and the rest AAE 699 thesis research credits

  • Up to 30 hours from MS program can be counted towards your PhD Plan of Study
  • 2 courses (6 credit hours) in your minor area of study in lieu of minor qualifying exam
  • 4 courses decided in consultation with your major professor (12 credit hours)
  • GPA must be 3.0 or higher at all times
    • At least 4 members on POS Advisory Committee (major professor and three other committee members)
    • Qualifying Examinations: Take within 2 semesters of starting the PhD (if MS received from Purdue AAE), or take within 3 semesters of starting the PhD (if MS received from outside the department).
      Note: Courses required as a result of qualifying examination conditional passes can only be used on the plan of study in excess to other course requirements.
    • Preliminary Examination
    • Final Thesis Defense/Deposit

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