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International Accelerator Program

Aerospace Engineering (ME/MS)

The aerospace industry supports more than 100,000 jobs in South Carolina. If you are shooting for the stars, we can help launch you into an aerospace career or prepare you for a career in a related engineering field.

South Carolina’s only Aerospace Engineering Programs

With the Master of Aerospace Engineering program at USC, you’ll learn about a variety of exciting topics, including:

  • Aerodynamics and aerospace systems
  • Flight mechanics
  • Thermo-fluids
  • Composite structure design and manufacturing
  • Future fuels 

Students have the option of either an ME (Master of Engineering) or MS (Master of Science) degree. Pursuing an MS degree requires completing a thesis.


Admission Details

Requirements Direct Master's Accelerator  Advanced Master's Accelerator
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5  6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5)
TOEFL® 80  74 (no sub-score below 16)
GRE Required


Qualifying Undergraduate Degrees Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, engineering mechanics, propulsion engineering, aerospace engineering, aeronautics and astronautics, power fluids engineering, or thermo-fluid engineering, from an accredited university.
Additional Requirements Students must have completed the math self-evaluation and a 3.0 GPA equivalent in all math course taken . 
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring

Math Self-Evaluation

Engineering programs require a high level of math proficiency. For those programs, students will be required to complete a Math Self-Evaluation and declare that they meet the minimum proficiency standard.

Upon completion of the evaluation, fill out this Declaration Form and submit with application. 

All Engineering degree programs require a 3.0 GPA equivalent in all math courses taken.

Sample Coursework

  • Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
  • Aerospace Structures I
  • Compressible Flow
  • Engineering Analysis (exclusively for Master’s Accelerator students)
  • Intermediate Dynamics
  • Introduction to Composite Materials
  • Introduction to Finite Elements Analysis in Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermodynamics

Progression Details 

ME and MS in Aerospace Engineering
Program Credits Earned Towards Degree Progression Requirements
Direct Master's Accelerator  9 Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program 
Advanced Master's Accelerator 

3.0 GPA with no degree course grade lower than a B

Successful completion of English language courses, Professional Development and Analytical Skills workshops, seminars and modules.

And be accepted by a faculty thesis advisor after completing a faculty interview.*

*Students pursuing an MS degree only

Pre-Sessional English  Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English Program course content and approval from the Master’s Accelerator team. 

Total Credits Required for Degree: 30. 

Tuition Costs 

For information regarding tuition and fees, please see our Costs Overview


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