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Aerospace Engineering Program:
Objective 1: Our students will be able to apply their rigorous undergraduate education to creatively solve technical problems facing society.
Objective 2: Our students will be prepared for:
- successful and productive careers in aerospace or other engineering fields;
- graduate studies in aerospace or other engineering fields;
- further studies in other fields such as medicine, business, and law.
At least nine courses are required, of which at least five must be graduate courses. For the thesis plan, seven of the nine must be formal courses, including at least four from the 200 series. The remaining two may be 598 courses involving work on the thesis. For the comprehensive examination plan, no units of 500-series courses may be applied toward the minimum course requirement. The courses should be chosen so that the breadth requirements and the requirements at the graduate level are met. The breadth requirements are only applicable to students who do not have a B.S. degree from an ABET-accredited aerospace or mechanical engineering program.
1 Official Transcript 3 Letters of RecommendationStatement of Purpose GRE test scores English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 87
Graduate student research positions are awarded directly by individual faculty. This is the most common form of financial assistance. Faculty members obtain contracts from various government agencies and industry to carry out research in applied topics. A portion of these funds are meant to pay trained graduate students a salary to assist in research which will normally result in a thesis for the student and scientific progress in the topic. Research Assistantships are individually negotiated between each student and his/her thesis advisor.
Exceptional Fall applicants, and in some cases continuing students, are offered fellowships which include a stipend and tuition expense. These awards are typically for one year, and the total monetary compensation is approximately equivalent to a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship.
Teaching Assistantships are reserved primarily for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduate students. Preference is usually given to doctorate students. Applicants from abroad who wish to apply for TA positions should take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) at the TOEFL Center in their home country or the equivalent TOP exam given at UCLA.