Our graduate program at the Lexington campus offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering. Students can work with award-winning faculty on a wide range of research topics including autonomous systems, robotics and controls, experimental fluid mechanics, hypersonics, computational fluid modeling, aeroacoustics, combustion, and aerospace manufacturing and materials, among others. Several major centers and research consortia are affiliated with the department to provide the facilities needed for our student research projects. These include:
- NASA Kentucky
- Unmanned Systems Research Consortium
- Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing
- Vibro-Acoustics Consortium
Beyond these centers, faculty members and their students conduct research in numerous specialized laboratories. Admission fees waived for domestic students with a 3.5 GPA (Contact Hannah Tyler for a fee waiver).
Admission to the aerospace engineering graduate programs normally requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering (not necessarily in aerospace engineering), a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 on all graduate and undergraduate work, the GRE will no longer be required starting Fall 2024, and Test of English as a Second Language scores of 550 (paper-based) / 213 (computer-based) / 80 (Internet-based).
The Ph.D. degree is a research degree granted on the basis of broad knowledge of aerospace engineering and in-depth study in a specific area leading to a dissertation reflecting original work by the doctoral candidate.