Aerospace Engineering

Master’s Degree #608

Est.imated Completion Time: 2 years

Starts: Fall, Spring

Program Area: Naval Engineering

POC: Program POC

Modality: Distance Learning


The objective of this program is to provide graduate education, primarily in the field of Aerospace Engineering, in order to produce graduates with the technical competence to operate and maintain modern military aerospace systems.

The Aerospace Engineering program is designed to meet the specific needs of the U.S. Military, U.S. Coast Guard, and international partners with a broad-based graduate education in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on missile design, autonomous systems, and space systems. The program is intended to be completed within 24 months, assuming two courses per quarter are taken.

This program gives the student a broad aerospace engineering education in the areas of aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, flight structures, astronautical systems and systems integration. Additionally, officers receive graduate level instruction in aerospace systems design.

An original research project resulting in a finished thesis is an integral part of the curriculum.

Typical Course of Study

Upon entry into the program students will typically enroll in two courses per quarter to be taken via distance learning. Three specialty tracks within the course of study are currently offered: Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications (NC3), Applied Trajectory Optimization, and Fluid Thermodynamics. The program of study for each student will be submitted for approval by the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. A typical Space NC3 course sequence includes:

Courses required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1
  • ME3205
  • SS3011
Quarter 2
  • AE4452
  • SS3613
Quarter 3
  • ME4703
  • SS3740
Quarter 4
  • ME3611
  • SS3741
Quarter 5
  • AE/ME 3000‐4000 Level Specialization Course
  • AE/ME 3000‐4000 Level Specialization Course
Quarter 6
  • AE0810
  • AE/ME 4000 Level Specialization Course
Quarter 7
  • AE0810
  • AE/ME 4000 Level Specialization Course
Quarter 8
  • AE0810
  • AE0810


The following are eligible for this offering:

  • Naval Officers
  • Naval Enlisted
  • Non-Naval Officers
  • Non-Naval Enlisted
  • DON Civilians
  • DOD Civilians
  • Defense Contractors
  • Non-DOD Federal Employees


  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent is required, preferably in an engineering discipline
  • While an undergraduate degree in engineering is preferred, special preparatory programs can accommodate officers with other backgrounds.
  • A minimum academic profile code (APC) of 323

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

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For information regarding service obligation, please visit the Admissions Office’s Eligibility/Service Obligation page.

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