Mechanical and Aerospace MS Programs

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

About the Aerospace Engineering MS

The Aerospace Engineering MS program equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to take on leadership roles in the aerospace industry and associated sectors. 

The program covers a wide range of applications in aeronautics and astronautics, encompassing subsonic and supersonic aircraft, satellites, space shuttles, space stations, and more. Additionally, students delve into aerospace-related component development, including the design of structures, devices, and instruments and vehicle and propulsion system design. 

Rocket launch pad.

About the Mechanical Engineering MS

The Mechanical Engineering MS program prepares students for doctoral study or industrial positions specializing in research, project management and product innovation in mechanical engineering. 

UB faculty and grad student working on drones in the lab.

The program provides a sound foundation in technical fundamentals with a broad-based curriculum in design and optimization; dynamics, control and mechatronics; fluid and thermal sciences; and bioengineering, computational and applied mechanics and materials.

Why MAE at UB?

  • Join our talented and passionate student body
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    Our students continue to compete among the nation's best engineers, from landing prestigious internships, to winning engineering competitions.

  • students who helped a disabled vet built a custom bike.
    Contribute to your community
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    Being in the "City of Good Neighbors", our department enthusiastically seeks to utilize our engineering skills to give back to our community.

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    Land a prestigious internship and make industry connections
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    With local, national, and global industry partners, UB offers students a multitude of resources to ensure they are ready for the workforce.

  • Conduct cutting-edge research
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    We engage in fundamental research and pioneer new technologies that address big challenges faced by society.  

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    Have an impact on society
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    Whether you're interested in sustainability, medical devices, or cleaning up space junk, MAE can provide you with an opportunity to use your engineering skills to create a better world.

  • Ensure a superior value
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    MAE, SEAS and UB all offer and provide prestigious scholarship opportunities. In addition, graduate funding is available to MS and PhD students.

  • Learn from award winning faculty
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    Our department is home to 40 faculty members including 8 Society Fellows and 10 Young Investigator Award winners.

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    Highly collaborative environment
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    Our department is proud to be create a highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary research environment.

  • Flexible coursework
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    Our department offers a flexible coursework plan to meet the needs of individual graduate students.

  • Learn in top-notch research facilities
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    Our modern, well-equipped laboratories support department research activities and actively participate in the research programs of various research centers.

Curriculum Overview

Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering MS programs require 30 graduate credit hours, and students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. There are no core course requirements. However, at least 21 credits must be MAE courses. Up to six credit hours are permitted for informal courses. There are three program options:

  • 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)

Our master's programs can be taken full-time or part-time, and typically take three to four semesters (1.5 to 2 years) to complete. Students must take twelve credit hours per semester (nine credit hours if serving as TA/GA/RA) in order to maintain a full-time status.

Program Options

Students in MAE master's programs have a vareity of options when it comes to completing their degree. Complete your master's 100% through courses, with a project, or by completing a traditional thesis. The choice is yours. 

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

Minimum Requirements

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

Note that all new students will enter under the all-course option. Students receiving financial support (TA, RA, or GA) through the department are required to do the thesis option.

Graduate Contact Information

Dr. Ehsan Esfahani
Graduate Studies Director
245 Bell Hall
ehsanesf@buffalo.edu

Philomena Marinaccio
Graduate Coordinator
240 Bell Hall
mae-graduate@buffalo.edu

Admissions Requirements

Students who wish to apply to the Aerospace Engineering MS or Mechanical Engineering MS must provide the following materials:

For admissions information or questions about your application, contact gradeng@buffalo.edu.