Graduate students in SSDL seeking either a Masters of Science or PhD through the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering must meet the requirements for either degree in the Graduate Handbook.

Students pursuing an MS or PhD typically enroll in similar AE courses, relevant to their research.  The following qualifying exam areas include many of these courses used in partial fulfillment of either degree requirement.

PhD Qualifying Exam Specialty Areas

The student, in consultation with his/her advisor, will select two examination areas for PhD qualification. It should be noted that the general scope of each examination will be based on the enumerated primary courses plus all associated prerequisite and background material at the graduate and undergraduate level. The following are typical qualifying examination areas for SSDL students, listed with their required courses. All examination areas can be found here.

Space Vehicles

AE 6310 - Optimization for the Design of Engineering Systems
AE 6353 - Orbital Mechanics


AE 6530 - Multivariable Linear Systems and Control
AE 6580 - Nonlinear Control

Flight Dynamics

AE 6530 - Multivariable Linear Systems and Control
AE 6520 - Advanced Flight Dynamics


AE 6765 - Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Gases
AE 6766 - Combustion

Gas Dynamics

AE 6765 - Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Gases
AE 6050 - Gas Dynamics

Aeroelasticity & Structural Dynamics

AE 6210 - Advanced Dynamics I
AE 6230 - Structural Dynamics

Structural Mechanics & Materials

AE 6114 - Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics
AE 6115 - Fundamentals of Structural Analysis


Course Offerings

A complete list of graduate courses offered by the School of Aerospace Engineering with the tentative semester in which they meet can be found here.