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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Aerospace Systems Engineering University of Alabama In Huntsville



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Aerospace Engineers are responsible for the design and operation of modern aerospace vehicles including the aerodynamics of these vehicles, their structure and material composition, the flight mechanics and controls systems that allow them to fly, and their propulsion systems. Aerospace Engineers design, develop, manufacture and test extraordinary machines such as low- and high-speed aircraft, spacecraft and missiles. Aerospace Engineers are also employed in the design and analysis of race cars, competitive sailboats, and sports equipment. There is an increasing demand for Aerospace Engineers to have a multi-disciplinary perspective to aid in the development of complex aviation, defense and space exploration systems.

The College of Engineering doctoral degree programs require a minimum of 48 hours of graduate level coursework and a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation. All programs require a qualifying examination, which is administered by the supervisory committee within a year after the student has completed their graduate coursework. All programs also require the completion and defense of a dissertation based on research performed under a faculty advisor. Some programs may also require a preliminary examination or other subject examination as well as a research proposal presentation. For those students who have already earned a Master's degree, a minimum of 18 semester hours of approved coursework beyond the Master's degree, with an average grade no lower than a B.

A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0/4.0 is required for all graduate courses at UAH, whether or not the course is required to satisfy the master’s degree requirements. Further, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0/4.0 is required for all courses taken at the 600-level or above. With permission of the major department, students may transfer acceptable graduate credit earned at an approved institution to satisfy Ph.D. degree requirements. Transfer coursework may not be older than 10 years at the time of graduation. All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed within 5 years after the student has passed the qualifying exam.

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Full Time (66 semester hours)

Tuition fees

$24,430.00 (18,47,336) per year




College of Engineering

Engineering Building,

301 Sparkman Drive,



35899, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An applicant should have

  • a relevant graduate and undergraduate degree history,
  • a 3.25 GPA on all relevant graduate course work at the time of admission,
  • scores of 145 (verbal) and 155 (quantitative) on the GRE examination,.

If admission to the PhD program directly from the baccalaureate degree is requested, a 3.25 GPA on the last 60 relevant hours of a baccalaureate degree in aerospace engineering or in a related field replaces the 3.25 GPA requirement on graduate course work.

In order to be considered for admission to degree programs with no additional English language training required, applicants must meet the following minimums on the TOEFL or IELTS.

TOEFL (iBT): all sub-scores greater than or equal to 18 OR

IELTS: all sub-scores greater than or equal to 6.0

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