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Space Engineering Degrees



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A large number of American universities and institutions of higher learning offer degrees in space engineering. These degrees vary from pure space (astronautical engineering) to mixed with aeronautics (e.g., aeronautics and astronautics engineering, aerospace engineering) to aeronautics (e.g., aeronautical engineering). As of 2014, the total of 68 Bachelor of Science degrees in astronautical, aeronautical, and aerospace engineering are ABET-accredited. (Historically, master of science engineering degrees do not undergo accreditation with the exception of military institutions.)

acta astronautica 2014 A recent publication  –  pdf –  in Acta Astronautica, 2014 provides details on educational programs in space engineering.

The Department of Astronautical Engineering (ASTE) at the University of Southertn California (USC) offers the full set (Bachelor, Master, Engineer, PhD Doctorate) of space-focused degrees in astronautical engineering  –  detailed description.


Astronautics – space engineering (astronautical engineering) degrees

University of Southern California
   Astronautical Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Engineer, Ph.D.
   M.S. degree in astronatical engineering (MS ASTE)
   is available through distance educationnation-wide;
   it is among largest programs in the country, with ~38 degrees awarded each year;
   history, focus, structure, and dynamics of the program – pdf

U.S. Air Force Academy
   Astronautical Engineering
   B.S.

Capitol College
   Astronautical Engineering
   B.S.

Air Force Institute of Technology
   Astronautical Engineering
   M.S.

Naval Post Graduate School
   Astronautical Engineering
   M.S.


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Aeronautics – aeronautical engineering degrees

Air Force Institute of Technology
   Aeronautical Engineering
   M.S., Ph.D.

University of California, Davis
   Aeronautical Engineering and Chemical Engineering
   B.S.
   Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
   B.S.
   Aeronautical Science and Engineering
   B.S.

California Institute of Technology
   Aeronautical Engineering
   M.S., Ph.D.

Clarkson University
   Aeronautical Engineering
   B.S.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
   Aeronautical Engineering
   B.S., M.S., M.E., Ph.D., D.E.

U.S. Air Force Academy
   Aeronautical Engineering
   B.S.

Western Michigan University
   Aeronautical Engineering
   B.S.E.

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Aerospace – aerospace or aero&astro (mixed) degrees

The University of Alabama
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S.

The University of Alabama at Huntsville
   Aerospace Engineering
   M.S.E.

The University of Arizona
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Arizona State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.E., M.S., M.S.E., Ph.D.

Auburn University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.A.E., M.S., M.E., Ph.D.

Boston University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.


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California Polytechnic State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

California State University, Long Beach
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S.

University of California, Irvine
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

University of California, Los Angeles
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Case Western Reserve University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.E., M.S., Ph.D.

University of Central Florida
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.A.E., M.S.A.E.

University of Cincinnati
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

University of Colorado at Boulder
   Aerospace Engineering Sciences
   B.S., M.S., M.E., Ph.D.

Cornell University
   Aerospace Engineering
   M.S., M.E., Ph.D.

University of Dayton
   Aerospace Engineering
   M.S., Ph.D.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

University of Florida
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., M.E., Ph.D.


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Florida Institute of Technology
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

University of Houston, Cullen School of Engineering
   Aerospace Engineering
   M.S., Ph.D.

Illinois Institute of Technology
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Iowa State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.

University of Kansas
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., M.E., Ph.D., D.E.

University of Maryland, College Park
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.
   Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology
   B.S.
   Aeronautics and Astronautics
   Eng., Ph.D., M.S., Sc.D.
   Aeronautics and Astronautics – Transportation
   M.S.

University of Miami
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

University of Michigan
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.E., M.S.E., Ph.D.
   Aerospace Science
   M.S., M.S.E., Ph.D.


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Mississippi State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.Ae.E.
   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
   M.S., Ph.D.

Missouri University of Science and Technology
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

New Mexico State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
   Aerospace Engineering
   M.S.

State University of New York at Buffalo
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.E., M.S., Ph.D.

North Carolina State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S.
   Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
   Ph.D.

The Ohio State University
   Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

University of Oklahoma
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Oklahoma State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

Old Dominion University
   Aerospace Engineering
   M.E., M.S., Ph.D.

The Pennsylvania State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., M.E., Ph.D.

Purdue University
   Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering
   B.S., M.S.
   Aeronautics and Astronautics
   Ph.D.

Saint Louis University – Parks College
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

San Diego State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S.


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San Jose State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S.

University of Southern California
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
   USC AME Department focuses on non-space components of aerospace and
   offers these degrees which are different from degrees
   in Astronautical Engineering offered by the USC space-focused
   Department of Astronautical Engineering (ASTE);
   AME is an independent department; it is not a part of
   the ASTE department and it does not report to ASTE;
   at USC, space-technology-related programs are exclusively in ASTE.

Stanford University
   Aeronautics and Astronautics
   M.S., Ph.D.

Syracuse University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Texas A&M University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., M.E., Ph.D.

The University of Texas at Arlington
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.E., M.S., Ph.D.

The University of Texas at Austin
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Tuskegee University
   Aerospace Science Engineering
   B.S.

U.S. Naval Academy
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

University of Virginia
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., M.E., Ph.D.


acta astronautica 2014 A recent publication  –  pdf –  in Acta Astronautica, 2014 provides details on educational programs in space engineering.


Washington University in St. Louis
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., D.E., Ph.D.

University of Washington
   Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
   B.S.
   Aeronautics and Astronautics
   Ph.D.
   Astronautics and Aeronautics Engineering
   M.S.A.A. & M.A.E.

West Virginia University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Wichita State University
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
   Aerospace Engineering
   B.S.



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