The Master of Science in Guidance, Control and Dynamics (MSAE) is designed to prepare students for careers as engineers in the aerospace industry. The curriculum is developed with strong emphasis in courses related to guidance control and dynamics with applications in aerospace engineering.
The MSAE is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, including 9 credit hours of required courses, 15 credit hours of elective courses selected from an approved list of courses, and an additional 6 credit hours in either a thesis or nonthesis option.
Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
All students must identify an adviser and file an official degree program of study prior to the completion of 9 credit hours of study. The program of study must be approved by the department and therefore students should consult with the MMAE Graduate Director for assistance in filling out their program of study.
A student with an undergraduate degree outside of the selected departmental discipline may also be required to satisfy an articulation program. Substitutions to the program of study must meet with the approval of the adviser and the department.
Please Note: Aerospace Engineering MSAE, Guidance Control and Dynamics Track may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
Prerequisites (or equivalent)
- MAP 2302 - Differential Equations
- EML 3034C - Modeling Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- EAS 4134 - High-Speed Aerodynamics
- EAS 4105 - Flight Mechanics or
- EAS 4400 - Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics
- EAS 4200 - Flight Structures or
- EAS 4210 Space Structural Dynamics
Required Courses—9 Credit Hours
Select one of the following courses:
Elective Courses—15 Credit Hours
All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must complete at least 12 credit hours of electives. The following list are suggested electives to be taken in the program of study.
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
The thesis option requires 30 credit hours, at least half of which must be at the 6000 level and will include 6 credit hours of thesis credit. A student pursuing the thesis program may not register for thesis credit hours until an advisory committee has been appointed and the committee has reviewed the program of study and the proposed thesis topic.
Students must register for the 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.
- EAS 6971 Thesis 6 Credit Hours
Additionally, students pursuing the thesis option must enroll in the following course:
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
The nonthesis option is primarily designed to meet the needs of part-time students and requires 30 credit hours of course work, at least one-half of which must be at the 6000 level. Students pursuing the nonthesis option are required to take one additional elective and take either EML 6085 - Research Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (or XXX 6918 Directed Research, with approval)* as part of their 30-credit-hour course requirement.
*For students who are not on campus and upon prior approval from the graduate coordinator, XXX 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours) may be substituted as the student’s independent learning experience. If the substitution of XXX 6918 is approved, a letter must be provided by the member of the faculty supervising the directed research certifying independent learning.
EML 6085 and XXX 6918 fulfill the independent learning requirement and either course is required for nonthesis students.
Students in the Aerospace Engineering MSAE program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.
The independent learning requirement is met by successful completion of a master’s thesis for the thesis option. 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, XXX 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours) may be substituted as the student’s independent learning experience. If the substitution of XXX 6918 is approved, a letter must be provided by the member of the faculty supervising the directed research certifying independent learning.
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.
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.
- Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
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.
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|*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.