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College of Engineering and Computing

Aerospace Engineering

M.S. and M.E. Degrees

USC's College of Engineering and Computing offers the State of South Carolina's only aerospace engineering program, including a Master of Engineering (M.E.) and Masters of Science (M.S.) in Aerospace Engineering.

Required Hours

Master of Science (M.S.): 24 hours of graded course work (5 core courses and 3 electives) + 6 hours of thesis preparation

Master of Engineering (M.E.): 30 hours of graded course work (5 core courses and 5 electives)

Master's Thesis

A thesis is required of all students seeking the M.S. degree. The student's academic advisor must approve the subject of the thesis. The UofSC Graduate School will furnish general thesis regulations upon request. Any student who wishes to use university facilities or to confer with the faculty on thesis work must be officially enrolled for thesis credit.

Thesis Committee

A student's M.S. Thesis Committee consists of the student's advisor and a second reader of the student's thesis.

Thesis Presentation and Defense

The thesis presentation is to be open to all members of the university community and guests. During the Fall and Spring semesters, the presentation and defense are to be conducted during normal business hours and on a day that faculty are expected to be on campus. The Graduate Director must approve the date and time of presentations given during the summer sessions.

Publication Requirement for M.S. Students

An educational objective for M.S. students is that they have the ability to communicate their research results through oral presentations and written publications. Consistent with this objective, an M.S. student is required to submit, based on research performed while at UofSC, at least one conference paper (or abstract with presentation) or one journal paper prior to graduation.

Comprehensive Examination

For the M.E. degree, a student passes the comprehensive exam by demonstrating competence in a written exam.


Red denotes core courses and black denotes electives. 

  Fall  (Year One) Spring (Year One) Fall (Year Two) Spring (Year Two) *Optional
Mechanics of Solids and Structures
EMCH 577: Aerospace Structures I

EMCH 571: Mechanical Behavior of Materials

EMCH 508: Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Egnineering

EMCH 777: Aerospace Structures II

EMCH 585: Introduction to Composite Materials
EMCH 721: Aeroelasticity

EMCH 785: Design of Composite Materials for Aerospace Structures

ENCP 707: Continuum Mechanics


EMCH 544: Compressible Flow

EMCH 744: Aerodynamics and Fight Mechanics

EMCH 794: Thermodynamics

Design and Control  

EMCH 532: Intermediate Dynamics

EMCH 516: Control Theory in Mechanical Engineering


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