The Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program encourages applicants with other related engineering backgrounds to apply to our program. The Graduate Admissions Committee may recommend that an incoming student take selected undergraduate courses before the core courses.
The Graduate School requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all courses for credit since enrollment. Prerequisite courses are listed to assure that students have the necessary academic background before enrolling in a given course. The ENAE 283 course (Introduction to Aerospace Systems) is required for students without any aerospace engineering background.
ENAE283 Introduction to Aerospace Systems
Prerequisite: ENES 102, PHYS 161 and MATH 141
Co-requisite: PHYS 260 and PHYS 261
Introduction to airplanes and space vehicles as aerospace systems. Fundamentals that describe these systems. Elements of aerodynamics, airfoils, and wings. Airplane performance, stability, and control. Aircraft and rocket propulsion. Fundamentals of orbital motion. Aspects of vehicle conceptual design.
ENAE311 Aerodynamics I
Prerequisite: ENAE202, ENAE283, ENES220, MATH241, MATH246, MATH461, PHYS270, and PHYS271
Co-requisite: ENME232 or ENME320
Fundamentals of aerodynamics. Elements of compressible flow. Normal and oblique shock waves. Flows through nozzles, diffusers and wind tunnels. Elements of the method of characteristics and finite difference solutions for compressible flows. Aspects of hypersonic flow.
ENAE414 Aerodynamics II
Prerequisite: ENAE 311
Aerodynamics of inviscid incompressible flows. Aerodynamic forces and moments. Fluid statics/buoyancy force. Vorticity, circulation, the stream function and the velocity potential. Bernoulli's and Laplace's equations. Flows in low speed wind tunnels and airspeed measurement. Potential flows involving sources and sinks, doublets, and vortices. Development of the theory of airfoils and wings.
Does your program require a writing sample?
We do not require a writing sample, but you are welcome to upload one if you feel it will better represent your qualifications. Additional documents can be uploaded to the “Upload" section of the application.
My GRE score and/or GPA is just below your program minimums. Should I still apply?
We strictly enforce our admission requirements and do not recommend applying if you do not fullfil those requirements. Please note that these requirements are minimums for consideration for admission. and oftentimes admitted students score well beyond these.
Masters Program Minimum
GPA of 3.2 / 4.0
GRE quantitative score of 85%
Doctoral Program Minimum
GPA of 3.5 / 4.0
GRE quantitative score of 90%
How do I find my GRE percentile score?
GRE percentile scores for the 2016-2017 year can be found here.
Which term should I select for admission?
Either "Spring 20__" or "Fall 20__". (Note: Please do not include a hyphen when entering the term.)
Can I stop by the department for a tour?
Invited students will attend department visit days in spring. If you are not invited or are not available to attend, please contact individual faculty of interests to make indpendent arrangements.
My career goal is academia or teaching. Will I be able to gain teaching experience while in the graduate program?
UMD does offer several programs and opportunities for students looking to gain teaching experience. If you want to gain teaching experience, please indicate that in your statement of purpose so we are aware of your intent and can direct you to the appropriate resources.