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Aerospace Engineering M.E.

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Gain advanced training in the field of aerospace engineering

To grow in your career as an aerospace engineer, you need:

  • A comprehensive understanding of material properties
  • A thorough understanding of applied mechanical engineering
  • Advanced analysis methods and other fundamental skills

Get the knowledge you need, as well as the technical skills for fieldwork practice, through CSU's online aerospace engineering master’s program.

Learn applied skills in a practitioner-oriented degree

After completing this program, you will be prepared to balance engineering and business objectives. You will also expand your capacity for strategic decision making, allowing you to take on more challenging projects with greater confidence. Learn to balance the needs of a complex engineering project with other important factors, such as:

  • Design parameters and limitations
  • Material limitations
  • Budgetary constraints
  • Policies and regulations
  • Environmental impacts

Customize your program of study to fit your goals

In addition to studying fundamental topics like mechanical design and computational methods, you will have the opportunity to select courses from several specialized engineering disciplines, including:

  • Propulsion
  • Fluid flow
  • Structures
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Systems engineering

Career Opportunities

Aerospace engineering can be a rewarding and lucrative field, with an average salary of $118,610, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment opportunities for aerospace engineers have been projected to grow three percent between 2019 and 2029.

By earning a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, you will be well-positioned to pursue advancement opportunities within or outside your current organization. Potential career opportunities for graduates of this program include:

  • Lead aerospace engineer
  • Head or senior project engineer
  • Head of research and development
  • Engineering department supervisor
  • Engineering consultant

Study in a flexible, online format

This online program allows you to earn your master's degree from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without traveling to a campus. Balance your academic studies with your career, family, and personal obligations.

Although this program is entirely online, you will still have opportunities to interact closely with both your instructors and peers. You will also have access to many of the same resources and services as CSU’s resident students.

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Curriculum Open Accordion

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program. Of the 30 minimum credits required for this program, at least 21 credits must be at the 500-level or above and earned at CSU.

Foundational Courses

Select at least one course from two different groups for a minimum of 6 credits:

Group A:

Group B:

Group C:

Technical Electives

Select at least eight courses from the technical electives or the foundational courses for a minimum of 24 credits:

Fluid Flow Technical Electives:

Propulsion Technical Electives:

Structures Technical Electives:

Materials & Manufacturing Technical Electives:

Systems Engineering Technical Electives:

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester May 15
Spring semester November 1

Note: Full consideration will be given to applicants who have submitted all documents on time. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only on a space-available basis.

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering-related field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or first class standing*
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3*
  • Ordinary differential equations*
  • Physics 1 and 2 (calculus-based)*
  • For international students: The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 80, and IELTS is 6.5.

*If you do not meet minimum requirements, please contact to get your pre-requisites and prior experience evaluated before formally applying for the program. Depending on academic background, students without a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering may also be required to take additional courses. Please use the following email subject line: ME Online – Admission Inquiry – YOUR NAME.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online:

  • Three letters of recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals who can accurately evaluate your skills as a student, engineer, scientist, or researcher. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • Statement of purpose (700 words or less): Address the following three items for the mechanical engineering department application:
    1. Briefly describe your background, educational goals, long-term career goals, and why you would be a good fit for the program.
    2. Why do you think you will succeed in this program
    3. How do you intend to be successful taking graduate level courses (Note: you can skip the letter of intent on the Online University Application)
  • Resume or vita

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Aerospace Engineering (M.E.) - Distance" when choosing the Program of Study.

4Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Please Note: Students may be unconditionally admitted and registered in their first semester of courses with an unofficial transcript. Official transcripts must be submitted, prior to or during your first semester, before you can register for your second semester of graduate work. Failure to meet this condition will result in your dismissal from the Graduate School.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

5Submit Test Scores (Optional)

GRE test scores are not required, but may be submitted if you feel these will strengthen your application. Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075, leave the department code blank). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date.

  • All three sections — verbal, quantitative, and analytical — must be submitted. Photocopies are not accepted.
  • CSU graduates do not, generally, need to take the GRE. If you think it will strengthen your application, though, we recommend you do take it.

6Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

$964 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Degree Awarded
Master of Engineering; transcript reflects the aerospace engineering specialization
Time Frame
Can be completed in 2 years
Admission Reqs.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, or first class standing
  • Bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Physics 1 & 2 (calc-based)

Application Dates

Fall semester
May 15
Spring semester
November 1

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