Admission Standards and Requirements
Students who wish to apply for admission to the Aerospace Engineering graduate program must have, as a minimum, a BSAE degree or a BS degree equivalent to the KU BSAE program. Students applying with either a BS degree from an aerospace engineering program that is not equivalent to the KU BSAE program or a BS degree from a non-aerospace engineering program may have to make-up certain undergraduate AE courses at the discretion of the department graduate advisor. Such students will be admitted provisionally until a plan of study for make-up courses is completed.
Master’s program admission requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
Doctoral program admission requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 for courses taken as part of a master’s program.
All applications materials must be submitted via the online application portal. Hard copies of application materials will not be considered.
The application includes the following materials:
- One official transcript from each post-secondary school
- Three letters of recommendation (must be on official letterhead)
- Resume or CV
- Statement of purpose addressing why you selected your research area, what motivates you to pursue a graduate degree, and your long-term career goals.
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score report (non-English speaking students only)
Official GRE score report
In addition to the materials supplied above, applicants will fill out an application form online regarding their background, academic interests, and research experience.
Note: Applicants are highly encouraged to provide the optional materials as part of their application package. Doing so provides the graduate admission committee with the most complete picture of you, the applicant. This can make you more competitive for scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships. Applicants cannot be considered for any financial assistance until the complete application has been submitted and the materials reviewed
Our department priority deadlines for admission are:
- Priority Deadline: September 1
- Final Deadline: December 1
For full consideration for fellowships, scholarships and research/teaching assistantships, applications must be received by the priority deadlines. All applicants that submit their application by the priority deadlines are considered for scholarships/fellowships awarded by the department.
Domestic Students: Online $65
Non-English speaking students: Online $85
If admitted, official transcripts must be sent for all applicants. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the institution either by mail or e-mailed directly to the university. KU does not consider transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant's possession as official. Your official transcript must be received before any admissions decisions will be made. Degree conferral transcripts must be received by the end of your first semester of graduate enrollment to be eligible to continue enrollment. The official transcript must show that your undergraduate degree has been conferred.
Letters of Recommendation
Please include full first and last name of all recommenders on your application. Recommenders will receive instructions on submission at the time the application is submitted, this includes the recommendation form and instructions for uploading documents. Recommendations must be submitted through this process, and letters should be on official letterhead. Letters uploaded by the applicant are not valid.
GRE scores are not required for admission but are still encouraged for financial awards. GRE scores must be received by the University directly from ETS. Student copies or copies provided by the student are not considered.
- GRE score report codes:
- Institution Code: 6871
- Program Code: 1601
Non-English Speaking Students
An official copy of an applicant's English proficiency standardized test scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) must be received before the application will be considered for admission. Non-English speakers that do not meet full proficiency are required to check in at the AEC. Scores must be within two years of the semester of first enrollment Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University in order to be considered original. Student copies or copies submitted by students are not official.
- TOEFL score report codes: (non-English speaking students only)
- Institution Code: 6871
- Program Code: 63
Statement of Financial Resources
As a part of the application process, most international students must submit credible evidence of financial support for the first year of study unless they are in an online program. Financial documents must be less than 6 months old, indicating the type and amount of currency in US dollars. Details about acceptable financial support is available at International Support Services. Information regarding the cost of attendance for the first year is at International Student Estimated Cost of Attendance.
AEC check in schedule:
English Proficiency Requirement
All non-English speaking students and/or international students and who are admitted to campus-based programs are required to check-in at the Applied English Center (AEC) upon arrival on campus. At that time, the AEC will confirm the student's level of English proficiency and determine if English courses are required. Any courses required as a result of the AEC Proficiency Test must be completed within 3 semesters of initial enrollment. Failure to complete the English proficiency requirement within this time limit may result in dismissal from the Aerospace Engineering graduate program.
A variety of scholarships, fellowships , and assistantships are available to graduate students through the School of Engineering and KU. Decisions regarding financial aid are made by the graduate admissions committee and are based on application materials.