Program Description

The Master of Science in Aerospace Systems Engineering (M.S.A.S.E.) program is designed to provide graduate study opportunities focused on theoretical study and practical experience in aerospace systems engineering that will effectively prepare them for the job markets or further doctoral study. The M.S.A.S.E. program differs from traditional Aerospace Engineering programs in that it requires breadth via the requirement of cross-disciplinary study modeled after our highly ranked Ph.D. program and thus forms both the strongly needed systems understanding required in modern aerospace programs as well as a natural stepping stone for a Ph.D. program.

Why Choose Aerospace Systems Engineering?

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Aerospace Systems Engineering (MSE). The graduate program is non-traditional by requiring an interdisciplinary minor in an aerospace relevant area.


Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems. Labs include wind tunnels, materials testing labs, structural testing labs, controls labs, etc., per students program of study. Computational facilities include numerous Sun, DEC, and Silicon Graphics fileservers and workstations; X-windowing terminals; and personal computers. Access is also available to the Ohio Supercomputer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET). Further, many students will leverage proximity to the Air Force Research Lab by using labs and computer equipment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, subject to Air Force approval.


Research in aerospace engineering is focused on fields of engineering leveraged for application to flight. Depending on faculty support, funding and interest of the student, students may participate in the Micro Air Vehicles lab, the Center for Product Reliability and Optimization, or one of the other labs in the college.


The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute provides collaboration opportunities through the graduate engineering courses, faculty, and research resources of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Students must first satisfy basic requirements of the Graduate School. This includes having a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. International students need additional information in a complete admission package (including a TOEFL score minimum 89, IELTS score minimum 6.0, and financial information). International student admission packages are sent to the International Student Admissions Office before forwarding to the department for review and recommendation and will require sufficient evidence that they would be able to obtain employment upon completion (not typically possible for DoD, work which forms the bulk of the Dayton region).
  3. A GRE is required with a combined GRE score of 304 (1000 under the old system) with a quantitative score of 158 or above and an analytical writing GRE score of 3.5 out of 6.0.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. A personal statement of goals and experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fluid or structural systems related to the aerospace field.
  • Demonstrate competency in a type of numerical methods related to the aerospace field.
  • Demonstrate engineering competency in one of the following sub‐specialties: Industrial and Human Systems, Sensors and Signals, Materials and Nanotechnology, Controls and Robotics, Computer Science, or Medical/Biological Systems
  • Recognize the need for life‐long learning.
  • Demonstrate their ability to communicate engineering ideas and techniques.
  • Demonstrate a mathematical competency above that of an undergraduate engineering student.


The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is housed in the newly-renovated Russ Engineering Center. Many outstanding facilities are available for both teaching and research. Access to modern equipment, instrumentation, and computer systems similar to those used by industry is a critical part of engineering education. Laboratories specifically dedicated to student and faculty research exist in the areas of heat transfer, fluid dynamics, mechanical vibrations, micro-fabrication, materials testing, materials processing, electron microscopy, etc. Computational facilities include numerous PC clusters, workstations, X-windowing terminals, and personal computers. Students have access to a wide range of computer systems interconnected by local and wide-area networks. Access is also available to the Ohio Supercomputer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET).

Graduate students have access to a wide range of modern facilities at Wright State including classrooms, laboratories, and computer systems interconnected by local and wide-area communication networks. Graduate research is not limited to the facilities on campus.

Several industrial companies and laboratories at WBAFP are involved in joint research efforts with the university and have unique facilities that are available for faculty and graduate research.


Minimum Entrance Requirements
  1. GRE required: 158(740)Q, 146(400)V, 3.5 (A)
  2. 3.4 Undergraduate GPA
  3. 89 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS (scores should be sent to the Wright State International Admissions Office - 244 Student Union - 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy - Dayton, OH 45435)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Graduate Assistantships

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) offers you and other graduate students a worthwhile financial aid option in the form of graduate assistantships. All academic departments in CECS hire hourly graders, teaching assistants, and recitation teachers. Individual researchers hire graduate students for graduate research assistant positions that typically include both a stipend and tuition remission. All positions are available on a competitive basis. Please indicate your interest in one of these positions at the time of your application.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 17, 2019
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6,600 USD
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