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Aerospace Engineering Program

Master of Science Program

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A Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE) requires 46 units of study with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student must develop a program of studies with the program’s advisor in one of the main areas: aerodynamics, flight dynamics and control, propulsion systems, and structures. Courses taken to satisfy any particular requirement may be used to simultaneously satisfy additional requirements for which they are appropriate.

The MSAE degree must include the following:

  • Engineering Core requirement as described in Chapter 4 of the Graduate Bulletin of the School of Engineering (6 units)
  • Math requirement (8 units): MECH 200 and 201, or MECH 202 and approved two-course sequence or equivalent four-unit course in the Applied Mathematics Department. Optimization Techniques, Numerical Analysis, Probability, and/or Linear Algebra are recommended.
  • Culminating Experience: 4–12 units toward a thesis or project course sequence.

A thesis requires a faculty advisor and must be approved by an additional reader and the department chair. Thesis topics are to be determined by the student and faculty advisor. The additional reader need not be a Mechanical Engineering faculty member but must be a full-time faculty member in the School of Engineering.

The student may take any additional graduate courses offered by the School of Engineering to meet the 46-unit requirement but no more than 6 units of Engineering Management courses may be taken.

Click here to see the tentative schedule for the AE required courses.

  • MECH 214-Advanced Dynamics (4 units)
  • MECH 323, 324-Modern Control Systems I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 250, 251-Finite Element Methods I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 266-Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (2 units)
  • MECH 268, 269-Computational Fluid Mechanics I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 270-Viscous Flow I (2 units)
  • MECH 225, 226-Gas Dynamics I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 209-Continuum Mechanics (2 units)
  • MECH 334-Elasticity (4 units)


  • MECH 220-Orbital Mechanics  (4 units)
  • MECH 205, 206-Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 313-Advanced Aerospace Structures (4 units)
  • MECH 371-Space Systems Design and Engineering I (4 units)
  • MECH 431-Spacecraft Dynamics and Control (4 units)
  • MECH 232, 233-Multibody Dynamics I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 299-Thesis (4–9 units)
  • MECH 355, 356-Adaptive Control I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 372-Space Systems Design and Engineering II (4 units)
  • MECH 420/ ELEN 238-Model Predictive Control (2 units)
  • MECH 423, 424-Nonlinear Systems and Control I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 429, 430-Optimal Control I and II (4 units)
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Program Director: Mohammad Ayoubi

Mechanical Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

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