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Admission Process

The Aerospace Engineering department accepts applications to its Master of Science degree program each year for the fall semester. The department offers two areas of specializations, one in Aerodynamics and the other in Structural Mechanics for the M.S. degree program.  You will choose the appropriate specialization when you apply.


Steps to Apply

Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, MS

Follow these steps to apply to the SDSU Aerospace Engineering M.S. program through the CSU Mentor. (deadline: March 1, 2018)

2. Submit transcripts from prior institutions of study. See graduate applications webpage for details of where to mail these.  (deadline: April 1, 2018)

3. Submit test scores for the GRE exam and TOEFL exam (for international students). Institution code 4682. (deadline: April 1, 2018)

4. Submit program specific files through Decision Desk.

A. Personal statement of graduate program goals

B. Two letters of recommendation


Priority Application Deadline:  Applicants are encouraged to apply early to increase their chances of being considered for assistantships and/or non-resident tuition waivers for Fall 2016.

A. University Application Priority Deadline: December 15, 2017

B. Graduate Admissions Documents Priority Deadline: January 12, 2018  

Admission Requirements

1. Undergraduate Degree Requirement: 
 Applicants to the aerospace engineering M.S. degree program should have a degree in aerospace engineering or related fields. Students in related areas such as mechanical engineering, applied physics, and applied mathematics will be considered, and if found eligible awarded a conditional admission that will require them to complete some undergraduate aerospace engineering courses to achieve the prerequisite knowledge for the graduate level courses. Check with graduate adviser before applying.

2. GPA requirement:   Students graduating from U.S. Universities: GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher in the last 2 years of their undergraduate studies only (60 units of course work in a semester system or 90 units in a quarter system). Students graduating from foreign universities: GPA of 3.0 or higher cumulative.

3. GRE score requirement:  Applicants must take the GRE exam and obtain a score in the upper 70th percentile (> 157) or above in Quantitative, 50th percentile (> 150) or above in Verbal and 50th percentile (>3.0) or above in Analytical Writing sections).Applications are not processed until the GRE score is received. 3. Students with lower GRE scores or GPA will be considered for admission if they can demonstrate ability to succeed in graduate course work, through excellent undergraduate performance, strong recommendation letters from previous professors or technical job supervisors, and/or relevant work experience that has contributed to their professional development as an aerospace engineer.

4. TOEFL score requirement:  International students must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) unless English is the language of instruction of the undergraduate institution. Check with the graduate admissions office to find out if your institution is on the list of universities whose students do not have to take the TOEFL exam.


Have any questions? Contact:

Prof. Luciano Demasi
Graduate Adviser
Department of Aerospace Engineering 
San Diego State University
Mail code 1308
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1308 


Contact Graduate Admissions

Department of Aerospace Engineering
San Diego State University 
5500 Campanile Drive 
San Diego, CA 92182-1308

Campus Location: E 308

Tel: (619) 594-6074 
Fax: (619) 594-6005

Prof. Luciano Demasi
(619) 594-3752 
E 307

Find us

Engineering Building, Room 308 (E-308).

Department of Aerospace Engineering 
San Diego State University

San Diego, CA 92182-1308