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What is aerospace engineering? 

Virginia Tech’s tradition of outstanding design in aerospace engineering emphasizes

  • aerodynamics
  • structures
  • propulsion
  • flight mechanics

"The online M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering is offered in a convenient, flexible format that accommodated my working full-time and starting a family. The…staff and faculty were supportive and prompt at answering questions, which made the online experience very rewarding. The degree has been a valuable investment in my future that would not have been available to me in a traditional face-to-face format. Even in a virtual environment, the staff and faculty truly made me feel like a Hokie.”

-Vanessa Aubuchon, Aerospace Engineering

Graduate, 2013


Required courses for an M.S. in aerospace engineering online

  • AOE 4404: Applied Numerical Methods (Spring)
  • AOE 5024: Vehicle Structures (Fall)
  • AOE 5104: Advanced Aero and Hydrodynamics (Fall)
  • AOE 5204: Vehicle Dynamics and Control (Fall)

Approved electives for an M.S. in aerospace engineering online

  • AOE 5034: Mechanical and Structural Vibrations (Spring)
  • AOE 5064: Structural Optimization (Spring)
  • AOE 5114: High Speed Aerodynamics (Spring)
  • AOE 5144: Boundary Layer Theory and Heat Transfer (Spring)
  • AOE 5234: Orbital Mechanics (Spring)
  • AOE 5434G: Advanced Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (Fall)
  • AOE 5774: Nonlinear Systems Theory (Fall)
  • AOE 6114: Transonic Aerodynamics (Spring)
  • AOE 6124: Hypersonic Aerodynamics (Fall)
  • AOE 6145: Computational Fluid Dynamics (Spring)
  • AOE 6444: Verification and Validation of Scientific Computing (Spring)
  • AOE 6744: Linear Control Theory (Spring)

Students are required to complete one of two tracks:

  • Students must complete 9-12 credits of approved electives.
  • Students must complete 6-10 credits of AOE 5994: Research and Thesis.
  • Students must complete a master's thesis on a topic agreeable to both the student and an academic advisor.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of graded course work numbered 5000 and higher.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of AOE 5974: Independent Study and AOE 5984: Special Study are allowed.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of approved 4000 level course work is allowed.
  • Students must complete 18 credits of approved electives.
  • Students may complete 3-6 credits of AOE 5904: Project and Report.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of graded course work numbered 5000 and higher.
  • A maximum of 9 credits of AOE 5974: Independent Study and AOE 5984: Special Study are allowed.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of approved 4000 level course work is allowed.
  • It is strongly recommended that students who wish to take AOE 6744: Linear Control Theory, first take AOE 5744: Linear Systems Theory or an equivalent course on linear, time-varying systems.

Online course offerings

  • AOE 4404 - APPLIED NUMERICAL METHODS (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5024 - VEHICLE STRUCTURES (Summer 2016)
  • AOE 5104 - ADVANCED AERO AND HYDRODYNAMICS (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 5204 - VEHICLE DYNAMICS AND CONTROL (Fall 2016)
  • AOE 4404 - APPLIED NUMERICAL METHODS (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5074 - ADVANCED SHIP STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 5104 - ADVANCED AERO AND HYDRODYNAMICS (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 5334 - ADVANCED SHIP DYNAMICS (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 4064 - FLUID FLOWS IN NATURE (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 4084 - ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 4264 - PRINCIPLES OF NAVAL ENGINEERING (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 4334 - SHIP DYNAMICS (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 4344 - DYNAMICS OF HIGH-SPEED MARINE CRAFT (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5034 - MECHANICAL AND STRUCTURAL VIBRATIONS (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5064 - STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 5084 - SUBMARINE DESIGN (Summer 2015)
  • AOE 5114 - HIGH SPEED AERODYNAMICS (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5144 - BOUNDARY LAYER THEORY AND HEAT TRANSFER (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5234 - ORBITAL MECHANICS (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5304 - ADVANCED NAVAL ARCHITECTURE (Spring 2015)
  • AOE 5305 - MARINE ENGINEERING
  • AOE 5314 - NAVAL SHIP SYSTEM DESIGN AND EFFECTIVENESS (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 5315 & 5316 - NAVAL SHIP DESIGN (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5374 - RATIONALLY-BASED DESIGN OF OCEAN STRUCTURES (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 5434G - ADVANCED INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 5444G - ADVANCED DYNAMICS OF HIGH-SPEED CRAFT (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 5754 - APPLIED LINEAR SYSTEMS (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 5764 - APPLIED LINEAR CONTROL (Spring 2015)
  • AOE 5774 - NONLINEAR SYSTEMS THEORY (Fall 2015)
  • AOE 6114 - TRANSONIC AERODYNAMICS (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 6124 - HYPERSONIC AERODYNAMICS (Fall 2014) 
  • AOE 6145 - COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS (Spring 2015)
  • AOE 6444 - VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION OF SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING (Spring 2016)
  • AOE 6744 - LINEAR CONTROL THEORY (Spring 2015)