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Aerospace Engineering

With aerospace engineering’s broad applications in many industries, our grads can find jobs just about anywhere in the world. Focus your studies with an emphasis in aeronautical or astronautical engineering, or use the pre-medical focus to prepare for medical, dental and related careers.

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Best Value Aerospace Engineering Program in the nation (College Factual)


What is Aerospace Engineering at WVU like?


Aerospace travel, space exploration and flight of manned or unmanned vehicles continue to gain significance.

Aerospace engineering is involved with the science and technology of advanced vehicles, including aircraft, rockets, missiles and spacecraft.

Although a specialized branch of engineering, it is also diverse. Aerospace technology has expanded to include design and development of new earthbound vehicles, such as ground effect machines, hydrofoil ships and high-speed rail-type systems.

At a Glance

Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
    Focused on atmospheric flight vehicles and requires four specialized courses in atmospheric flight dynamics and air-breathing propulsion systems, and two capstone senior design courses on aircraft and their major subsystems.
  • Astronautical Engineering
    Focused on space flight vehicles and requires four specialized courses in spacecraft dynamics and rocket and spacecraft propulsion systems, and two capstone senior design courses on space missions, spacecraft and their subsystems.

Elective Focuses

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Pre-Medical
    Students who plan a career in medicine, dentistry or related areas may substitute eight hours of select pre-medical elective courses for the required six hours of technical electives.


What makes Aerospace Engineering at WVU unique?

Accelerated Master's Program

Aerospace Engineering offers the option to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated time frame.

Dual Major

This major offers the option to simultaneously complete a second bachelor's degree in:

Research and Academic Opportunities

Paid work in research laboratories and/or academic credit through the course MAE 497 - Undergraduate Research are available for students interested in conducting research. Students may also pursue undergraduate research with the NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Specific research opportunities are available in the areas of materials science, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), energy systems, autonomous robotics, computational modeling and simulations, guidance, navigation and controls.

Student Organizations

Connect with other students who share your academic interests as a member of:

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You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Aerospace Engineering major.


What is Aerospace Engineering at WVU ranked?


Top Engineering Program in the U.S. for Hispanics


2014 NSF Listing of Federal Funding for research and development


Best Value Aerospace Engineering Program in the nation (College Factual)


Wall Street Journal survey of employer satisfaction with new hires


What can you do with a degree in Aerospace Engineering?

Our graduates go on to work in industrial, commercial, governmental and academic environments. Recent graduates have gone on to work in the aerospace and defense industries. Some continue their educational training with advanced graduate degrees at the master's and doctorate levels. A few pursue medical, law or business post-graduate programs. There are nearly limitless employment and career opportunities with a BSAE degree.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Aerospace Engineering major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Aerospace Engineering at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Aerospace Engineering major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

MAE 474:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design/Build/Fly Competition

Hands-on applications of concepts learned in other courses to meet specified flight performance and competition criteria. Advanced aerodynamic and materials concepts are utilized by an integrated sophomore-junior-senior team.

MAE 478:
Guided Missile Systems

Design philosophy according to mission requirements. Preliminary configuration and design concepts. Aerodynamic effects on missiles during launch and flight. Ballistic missile trajectories. Stability determination by analog simulation. Performance determination by digital and analog simulation. Control, guidance, and propulsion systems. Operational reliability considerations. (3 hr. lec.)

MAE 482:
Flight Simulation for Aircraft Safety

Introduction to flight modeling and simulation tools for aircraft health management through analysis and accommodation of abnormal flight conditions.


How much does Aerospace Engineering at WVU cost?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Semester $5,208
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,416
Per Semester $13,584
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,168
Per Semester $13,884
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,768
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Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPAs and SAT/ACT test scores. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Aerospace Engineering is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Delaware
  • Kentucky
  • South Carolina

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Aerospace Engineering has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for Aerospace Engineering at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet one of these requirements for the 2017-18 academic year:

Engineering Track 1:
  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Math: 28
  • SAT Math: 650
Engineering Track 2:
  • GPA: 2.75
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 600
Engineering Track 3:
  • GPA: 2.50
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 570

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University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Aerospace Engineering major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2018-19 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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