Mechanical and Aerospace MS Programs

We offer MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering. Students are trained for careers in engineering practice and/or further study at the doctoral level.


  • Requires successful completion of 30 graduate credit hours
  • Must maintain at least 3.0 GPA throughout program
  • Program formats:
    • All course option (30 credit hours of coursework)
    • Project option (27 credit hours of coursework, plus 3 credit hour project)
    • Thesis option (24-27 credit hours of coursework, plus 3-6 credit hour thesis)
  • Major advisor plays important role for Project and Thesis options
  • Full-time status: Requires twelve credit hours per semester (nine credit hours if serving as TA/GA/RA)
  • Program duration: Typically three to four semesters
  • Informal courses: Up to six credit hours are permitted


The Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering Master of Science programs have no core course requirements. However, at least 21 credits of the student's program must be MAE courses.

Program Options

Note: All students enter UB under the all-course option.

MS with Thesis MS with Project All-Course MS Dual MS Degree

It is possible for a student to complete a program leading to two MS degrees, for example, the Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering degrees described, or one of those and a second degree from another engineering discipline and department. 

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 24 credit hours completed for each degree
  • 6 credit hours may be applied to both programs