2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Aerospace Engineering MSAE, Accelerated BS to MSAE Track

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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MSAE
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.mae.ucf.edu/

Track Description

The Accelerated BS to MS track in the Aerospace Engineering MSAE program allows highly qualified undergraduate students in Aerospace Engineering to begin taking graduate-level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Participation will enable completion of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in five instead of six years for students enrolled in full-time course work.

This program has potential ties to state-regulated professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CECS-Aerospace-Engineering-MS-June2020.pdf.


The BSAE is awarded after completion of 128 total undergraduate student credit hours including 71 hours of engineering courses and all other university requirements, and the MSAE is awarded upon completion of the master’s program. Courses designated in General Education Program and Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours (see engineering major requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog).

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Up to 12 credit hours of approved 5000- and 6000-level courses of grades “B” (3.0) or better may be counted toward the BS and MS degrees. Additional notes on the Accelerated Undergraduate and Graduate Program in Aerospace Engineering:

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must earn at least a “B” (3.0) in each undergraduate and graduate engineering course for them to be counted toward the major.

Undergraduate Requirements

Please see the current edition of the Undergraduate Catalog and the College of Engineering website listed above for additional information about academics and accelerated programs.

Graduate Requirements

For thesis option students, at least 18 credit hours beyond the 12 credit hours counted toward the undergraduate degree are required and must include 6 credit hours of thesis (EAS 6971); for the nonthesis option, the 18 credit hours need to include either EML 6085 - Research Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering  (3 credit hours) or EML 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours). The remaining credit hours can be selected from courses from other tracks. Accelerated Aerospace students must declare their interest in either the Space Systems Design and Engineering Track or the Thermofluid Aerodynamic Systems Design and Engineering Track by completing a Program of Study with their adviser.

Students must register for the seminar course a minimum of two times during their graduate career in the master’s program (thesis option). The students must also complete the course with a satisfactory (S) grade in both attempts. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade, the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program requirements.

Additionally, all students pursuing the thesis option must enroll in the following course:

  • EML 5936 - Mechanical and Aerospace Seminar 0 Credit Hours

Equipment Fee

Students in the Aerospace Engineering MSAE program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master’s thesis or EML 6085 - Research Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering . The nonthesis option independent learning experience is provided by the required course EML 6085 - Research Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering  (3 credit hours). For students who are not on campus and upon prior approval from the graduate coordinator, EAS 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours) may be substituted as the student’s independent learning experience. In the case substitution EAS 6918 is approved, a letter must be provided by the member of the faculty superivising the directed research certifying independent learning.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Accelerated BS to MS program in Aerospace Engineering allows highly qualified University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Aerospace Engineering to begin taking graduate level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the accelerated program in either their junior year or senior year directly through the College of Engineering and Computer Science. If accepted, student’s will complete the University Graduate application when they are ready to enroll as a full-time graduate student. If the student has a degree in the discipline but were not previously part of this accelerated program, then they should apply to either the Space Systems Design and Engineering or Thermofluid Aerodynamic Systems Design and Engineering Track instead. Additional information about this track may be located at: http://www.cecs.ucf.edu/current-students/bs-ms-program/

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or closely related discipline.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Additional courses may be required to correct deficiencies. Students should contact the MMAE graduate program director for further information.

Application Deadlines

Accelerated BS to MSAE *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
This track is available to University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Aerospace Engineering only.
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

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Telephone: 407-823-2155
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Graduate Admissions

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Telephone: 407-823-2766
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Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
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Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
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Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
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Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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