The Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering welcomes applications for admission to the graduate program. Applications may be submitted online at https://applyto.graduateschool.vt.edu/pages/login.php. The departmental deadline for applications is December 30th for Fall semester and September 1st for Spring semester.
The Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department offers Masters and Doctoral programs in aerospace engineering, a Masters program in ocean engineering, and a certificate program in naval engineering. Within aerospace engineering, graduate students may pursue a non-thesis Master of Engineering degree, a Master of Science degree (thesis or non-thesis option), or a Doctor of Philosophy. Within ocean engineering, graduate students may pursue a Master of Science degree (thesis or non-thesis option). Students wishing to pursue a doctorate in an ocean engineering related topic may do so as a specialization within the aerospace engineering PhD program. A certificate in naval engineering may be obtained with any of these degrees.
The department’s unique blend of aerospace engineering and ocean engineering exploits commonalities in the design and analysis of vehicles and structures that operate in fluids. While the properties of the ambient fluid may differ dramatically for ocean, atmospheric, and space vehicles and structures, the dominant physical processes that govern the behavior of these systems are quite similar. Graduate students may leverage the department’s broad faculty expertise to master tools and methods that span a wide range of application domains.
The aerospace and ocean engineering graduate programs emphasize a broad background in aero/hydrodynamics, vehicle structures, and vehicle dynamics and control, with deeper specialization in areas of interest to the student. Doctoral students, for example, must declare a specialization in aero/hydrodynamics, structures, dynamics and control, ocean engineering, applied physics and space engineering, or applied mathematics.
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering graduate alumni have been highly successful in their chosen discipline. Many seek and obtain research and development positions with industry or government research and development laboratories while others pursue academic positions at colleges or universities. The department's strong academic reputation and the outstanding professional performance of our alumni and alumnae ensure that Aerospace and Ocean Engineering graduates remain in very high demand.
Degree program brochures provide additional information about the Masters and Doctoral programs in aerospace engineering, the Masters program in ocean engineering, and graduate certificate in naval engineering.
The mission of the graduate program in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering is to generate and transfer knowledge relating to the design and analysis of aerospace and ocean systems for the benefit of our students, our research sponsors, and the technical community at large.
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1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
- AOE Advising Center
- 228 Randolph Hall
- Phone (540) 231-3579
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Appointments are recommended to ensure availability but walk-ins are welcome. The graduate advisors can also be reached by phone or email. We look forward to the opportunity to help current and prospective graduate students with admission and progress to degree completion.