Campuses:
Twin Cities Campus
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics M.S.Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics
College of Science and Engineering
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 107 Akerman Hall, 110 Union Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (6126258000; fax: 6126261558)
Email:
aemdgs@umn.edu
Website: https://cse.umn.edu/aem
Along with the programspecific requirements listed below, please read the
General Information section of
this
website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The graduate program in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics emphasizes engineering sciences that are basic to fluid mechanics, aerospace systems, and solid mechanics. Theoretical, analytical, experimental, and computational aspects of these fields are covered by the courses and research opportunities offered by the department.
Program Delivery
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program
is 3.20.
A fouryear BS degree in an engineering, basic science, or mathematics program is required.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Admission depends primarily on the applicant's undergraduate record and letters of recommendation.
Special Application Requirements:
GRE scores are not required but are strongly recommended for students applying for graduate fellowships. In all cases, these test scores are taken into account if provided. Students are admitted fall semester only. Only under unusual circumstances are students allowed to begin their studies at another time during the academic year.
The application deadline is December 15.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test
abbreviations
(TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the
General Information section of this
website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires
14
major credits,
6
credits outside the major,
and
10
thesis credits.
The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires
14 to 24
major credits and
6 to 16
credits outside the major.
The final exam is oral.
Plan C: Plan C requires
14 to 24
major credits and
6 to 16
credits outside the
major.
There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80
is required for students to remain in good standing.
All plans require a minimum of 14 major credits, of which 12 must be at the 5xxx or 8xxx level.
No more than 8 credits in 4xxxlevel courses and no more than 8 credits (6 for Plan A) taken as S/N are allowed.
Two semesters of seminar attendance are required.
Required Courses (6 credits)
Select one 2course sequence in fluids, solids, or dynamics.
Additional Major Courses (818 credits)
Students select a minimum of 8 credits in consultation with advisor from the following to meet the required 14 credits in AEM courses. Plan B and Plan C students may take up to 18 credits from the list. One credit of AEM 8000 may be applied to degree requirements.
AEM 4305  Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
(3.0 cr)
AEM 4321  Automatic Control Systems
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5247  Hypersonic Aerodynamics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5253  Computational Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5321  Modern Feedback Control
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5333  DesigntoFlight: Small Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5401  Intermediate Dynamics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5451  Optimal Estimation
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5501  Continuum Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5503  Theory of Elasticity
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5581  Mechanics of Solids
(3.0 cr)
AEM 5651  Aeroelasticity
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8000  Seminar: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
(1.0 cr)
AEM 8201  Fluid Mechanics I
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8202  Fluid Mechanics II
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8203  Fluid Mechanics III
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8207  Hydrodynamic Stability
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8211  Theory of Turbulence I
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8212  Theory of Turbulence II
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8213  Turbulent Shear Flows
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8221  Rheological Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8231  Molecular Gas Dynamics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8232  Physical Gas Dynamics and Molecular Simulation
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8241  Perturbation Methods in Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8251  FiniteVolume Methods in Computational Fluid Dynamics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8253  Computational Methods in Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8261  Nonlinear Waves in Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8271  Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8400  Seminar: Aerospace Systems
(1.0 cr)
AEM 8411  Advanced Dynamics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8421  Robust Multivariable Control Design
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8423  Convex Optimization Methods in Control
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8426  Optimization and System Sciences
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8442  Aerospace Positioning, Navigation and Timing
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8451  System Identification: Theory and Applications
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8500  Research Seminar in Mechanics of Materials
(1.0 cr)
AEM 8523  Elastodynamics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8525  Elastic Stability of Materials
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8531  Fracture Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8533  Theory of Plasticity
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8541  Mechanics of Crystalline Solids
(3.0 cr)
AEM 8551  Multiscale Methods for Bridging Length and Time Scales
(3.0 cr)
Outside Courses (616 credits)
Students take a minimum of 6 credits from the following list. Plan B and Plan C students may take as many as 16 credits. Consult with advisor for course selection or additional course options.
BMEN 5321  Microfluidics in Biology and Medicine
(3.0 cr)
BMEN 8101  Biomedical Digital Signal Processing
(3.0 cr)
CEGE 8401  Fundamentals of Finite Element Method
(3.0 cr)
CEGE 8521  The Atmospheric Boundary Layer
(4.0 cr)
CHEM 8541  Dynamics
(4.0 cr)
CHEM 8565  Chemical Reaction Dynamics
(2.0 cr)
CSCI 4041  Algorithms and Data Structures
(4.0 cr)
CSCI 5304  Computational Aspects of Matrix Theory
(3.0 cr)
CSCI 5451  Introduction to Parallel Computing: Architectures, Algorithms, and Programming
(3.0 cr)
CSCI 5512  Artificial Intelligence II
(3.0 cr)
CSCI 5521  Introduction to Machine Learning
(3.0 cr)
CSCI 5525  Machine Learning
(3.0 cr)
CSCI 5551  Introduction to Intelligent Robotic Systems
(3.0 cr)
CSCI 5552  Sensing and Estimation in Robotics
(3.0 cr)
CSCI 8314  Sparse Matrix Computations
(3.0 cr)
EE 5231  Linear Systems and Optimal Control
(3.0 cr)
EE 5235  Robust Control System Design
(3.0 cr)
EE 5239  Introduction to Nonlinear Optimization
(3.0 cr)
EE 5531  Probability and Stochastic Processes
(3.0 cr)
EE 8215  Nonlinear Systems
(3.0 cr)
EE 8581  Detection and Estimation Theory
(3.0 cr)
MATH 4242  Applied Linear Algebra
(4.0 cr)
MATH 5587  Elementary Partial Differential Equations I
(4.0 cr)
MATH 5651  Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics
(4.0 cr)
MATH 8401  Mathematical Modeling and Methods of Applied Mathematics
(3.0 cr)
MATH 8402  Mathematical Modeling and Methods of Applied Mathematics
(3.0 cr)
MATH 8431  Mathematical Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
MATH 8441  Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
(3.0 cr)
MATH 8442  Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
(3.0 cr)
MATH 8445  Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations
(3.0 cr)
MATH 8446  Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations
(3.0 cr)
MATH 8601  Real Analysis
(3.0 cr)
ME 8285  Advanced Control System Design, with Applications to Smart Vehicles
(3.0 cr)
ME 8361  Molecular Gas Dynamics
(3.0 cr)
ME 8446  Advanced Combustion
(3.0 cr)
Plan Options
OR
Plan B (3 credits)
Take 3 credits of AEM 8880 and complete a final project. The 3 credits in AEM 8880 may be counted toward the required 14 credits in AEM courses.
AEM 8880  Plan B Project
(1.03.0 cr)
OR
Plan C
Plan C students do not have additional requirements.


Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 4321/EE 4231 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 4247/AEM 5247 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Spring Odd Year 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 4253/AEM 5253 
Prerequisites:  [4201 or equiv], [CSci 1113 or equiv], CSE grad student 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 5321/EE 5231 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 5451/EE 5251 
Typically offered:  Fall Even Year 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 4581/AEM 5581 
Prerequisites:  3031 or equiv, [Math 2373 or equiv], [Math 2374 or equiv], [CSE grad student] 
Typically offered:  Fall Even Year 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  1.0 [max 4.0] 
Grading Basis:  SN or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 8231/ME 8361 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  1.0 [max 4.0] 
Grading Basis:  SN or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  1.0 [max 12.0] 
Grading Basis:  SN or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Fall Even Year 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 8551/SCIC 8551 
Prerequisites:  Basic knowledge of [continuum mechanics, atomic forces], familiarity with partial differential equations, grad student in [engineering or mathematics or physics] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Prerequisites:  4411 or # 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Prerequisites:  CSE or COAFES grad student or # 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Chem 5541/8541 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  2.0 [max 2.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  CSci 4041/CSci 4041H 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  CSci 5512W/CSci 5512 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Fall Even Year 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 4242/Math 4457 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 5651/Stat 5101 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  AEM 8231/ME 8361 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  1.0 18.0 [max 50.0] 
Grading Basis:  No Grade 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  1.0 3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 