A professional master's degree (MSAES) in aerospace engineering sciences from CU Boulder is designed for working engineers and people planning to pursue a career in industry. We designed the program with industry partners to meet your needs, further your career and with your location in mind—the degree can be earned on campus or 100 percent online.

For more information, visit the department's Prospective Graduate Students webpage.


Program Requirements

Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours, equivalent to 10 classes, with a grade of B- or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Of these 30 credits, at least 24 credit hours must be completed at the 5000 level or above, and at least 18 of those credits must be in Aerospace Engineering (ASEN) courses, and one approved math course. (Note: EMEN 5405 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering  counts as an ASEN class. Seminar  credits, even those earned in other disciplines, do not count toward the MS degree.)

Up to 6 credits can be taken at the 4000 level in approved engineering, math and science departments (ECEN, CVEN, MCEN, CHEN, CSCI, ATOC, ASTR, PHYS, MCDB, BCHM, MSEN, BMEN, APPM, MATH, STAT, CHEM, IPHY, GEOL, ENVD). ASEN courses level 4000 or below do not count towards AES graduate degrees.

ASEN Courses18
Choose from the list below (subject to change)
Introduction to Finite Elements
Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
Mechanics of Aerospace Structures
Linear Control Systems
Space Life Sciences
Dynamics of Aerospace Structures
Space Flight Dynamics
Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
Analytical Astrodynamics
Space Propulsion
Microavionics: Introduction to PIC Microcontrollers for Aerospace Systems
Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Introduction to Aeroelasticity
Automatic Control Systems
Boundary Layers and Convection
Introduction to Hypersonics
Spacecraft Design
Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics
Space Habitat Design
ASEN 5168
Composite Structures and Materials
Large Space Structures Design
Medicine in Space and Surface Environments
Introduction to Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing
Radar and Remote Sensing
Molecular Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Aerospace Environment
Mission Design and Development for Space Sciences
Special Topics (Molecular Thermodynamics and Kinetics)
Independent Study
Interplanetary Mission Design
Advanced Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
Experimental Fluid Mechanics
Spacecraft Formation Flying
Space Vehicle Guidance and Control
Optimal Trajectories
Nonlinear Control Systems
Turbulent Flows
Space Instrumentation
Data Assimilation & Inverse Methods for Earth & Geospace Observations
Advanced Astrodynamics
Molecular Gas Dynamics and DSMC
Satellite Geodesy
Statistical Orbit Determination
Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Software and Applications
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Receiver Architecture
GNSS for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and Earth Surface
Nonlinear Finite Element Methods
System Identification for Control
Spacecraft Life Support Systems
Human Operation of Aerospace Vehicles
Fundamentals of Spectroscopy for Optical Remote Sensing
Extravehicular Activity
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Remote Sensing Data Analysis
Lidar Remote Sensing
Special Topics
Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
Math Course3
Choose from one of the following approved options:
Statistical Estimation for Dynamical Systems
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods
Engineering Data Analysis Methods
ASEN 5417
Special Topics (Multi-Object Filtering Theory)
Uncertainty Quantification
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
Random Processes for Engineers
Theory and Application of Digital Filtering
Detection and Extraction of Signals from Noise
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
4000, 5000, 6000, or 7000 level APPM course
4000, 5000, 6000, or 7000 level MATH course
4000, 5000, 6000, or 7000 level STAT course
Additional Coursework9
Total Credit Hours30

Time Limit

All degree requirements must be completed within four years of the date of commencing coursework.