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Aerospace Engineering, M.E.

Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Expand critical thinking and math skills into advanced research and design work. Enhance your career opportunities and earning potential in the state's only aerospace engineering graduate program.

An ideal choice for working engineers, the non-thesis master's program requires only 30 hours of graduate courses beyond your undergraduate degree. Study in five core areas of aeroelasticity, aerodynamics and flight mechanics, aerospace structures, composite materials and finite element analysis. Choose electives to suit your goals.

Program Highlights

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    An Expert Faculty

    Learn from engaged and supportive professors who serve as mentors and foster a hands-on learning environment.

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    Statewide Support

    Be part of an aerospace engineering program that has received considerable state-level and industrial support and investment.

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    Professional Development

    Forge strong connections with leading industries across South Carolina to advance career opportunities.

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    Take to the Skies

    Join our extracurricular rocketry or flying clubs to obtain licenses and hone your skills outside the classroom.

What You’ll Study

Study advanced principles of engineering, science and mathematics, and concentrate in the mechanics, materials or flight aspects of aerospace engineering, with the goal of career advancement in research, design and application. There is no thesis requirement. Applicants are expected to have earned an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related field.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Computer Modeling

    Using simulations to analyze, predict and optimize performance, behavior or outcomes.


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

    System Design

    Creating or improving complex systems to meet specific requirements

  • Project Management

    Organizing and overseeing tasks to achieve specific goals

    Technical Writing

    Creating clear and concise documents, such as manuals or instructions, for technical or scientific topics


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aerodynamic Engineer
  • Aircraft Designer
  • Product Manager
  • Flight Test Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer

Workplace Settings

  • Aerospace
  • Research
  • Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Energy

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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