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2018-2019 General Catalog 
  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Aerospace Engineering - PhD


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Two program plans are available for the Aerospace Engineering PhD degree.

The PhD Degree beyond a Bachelor's requires 72 credits (minimum): 18 credits of Aerospace Engineering Core courses (including MAE 5500  and MAE 5560 ); 6 credits of approved math courses (5000-level or above); 12 credits approved Aerospace electives/other credits; and 36 credits of MAE 7970: Dissertation Research . A PhD qualifying exam must be passed before completing three semesters. A proposal defense and a formal final defense are required for the dissertation. The dissertation must meet School of Graduate Studies and MAE Department requirements. A paper related to the dissertation, with the student as the first author, must be submitted for publication in a refereed journal prior to scheduling the final defense. Students may choose to earn a Plan C Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering MS degree while completing their PhD. This option increases the PhD minimum requirement to 81 credits.

The Aerospace Engineering PhD Degree beyond an MS requires 42 credits (minimum): 9 credits of Aerospace Engineering Core courses (including MAE 5500  and MAE 5560 ); 3 credit approved math course (5000-level or above); and 30 credits of MAE 7970: Dissertation Research . A PhD qualifying exam must be passed before completing three semesters. A proposal defense and a formal final defense are required for the dissertation. The dissertation must meet School of Graduate Studies and MAE Department requirements. A paper related to the dissertation, with the student as the first author, must be submitted for publication in a refereed journal prior to scheduling the final defense.

GPA Requirement


All students who complete a graduate degree at USU must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Consult your department for additional requirements.

Course Requirements


Because specific course requirements may occasionally change, prospective students should refer to the MAE website (http://www.mae.usu.edu) for current details concerning degree requirements and program coursework. Questions about MAE's graduate programs should be emailed to MAEGradAdvisor@usu.edu.

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