Aerospace Engineering (DL) - Curriculum 608

Program Officer

CDR Richard Arledge
Code 74, Watkins Hall, Room 107
(831) 656-2033, DSN 756-2033
rkarledg@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Joshua H. Gordis, Ph.D.
Code ME/Go, Watkins Hall, Room 313
(831) 656-2866, DSN 756-2866
jgordis@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The objective of this program is to provide graduate education, primarily in the field of Aerospace Engineering, in order to produce graduates with the technical competence to operate and maintain modern military aerospace systems.

The Aerospace Engineering program is designed to meet the specific needs of the U.S. Military, U.S. Coast Guard, and international partners with a broad-based graduate education in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on missile design, autonomous systems, and space systems. The program is intended to be completed within 24 months, assuming two courses per quarter are taken.

This program gives the student a broad aerospace engineering education in the areas of aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, flight structures, astronautical systems and systems integration. Additionally, officers receive graduate level instruction in aerospace systems design

An original research project resulting in a finished thesis is an integral part of the curriculum.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent is required, preferably in an engineering discipline. A minimum academic profile code (APC) of 323 is required.

While an undergraduate degree in engineering is preferred, special preparatory programs can accommodate officers with other backgrounds.

The following are eligible for this program:
· U.S. Military Officers & Enlisted Personnel*
· U.S. Government Civilians
· Select Department of Defense Contractors

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, Naval active duty service members will incur a 2 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the MSES Aerospace Engineering Master’s Program.

Entry Date

Aerospace Engineering is typically an eight-quarter program with preferred entry dates in Spring or Fall. If further information is needed, contact the Program Officer or the Academic Associate.

Degree

Requirements for the Master of Science in Engineering Science with a major in Aerospace Engineering – MSES(AE) are met as a milestone en route to satisfying the educational skill requirements of the curricular program.

Typical Course of Study

Upon entry into the program students will typically enroll in two courses per quarter to be taken via distance learning. Three specialty tracks within the course of study are currently offered: Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications (NC3), Applied Trajectory Optimization, and Fluid Thermodynamics. The program of study for each student will be submitted for approval by the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. A typical Space NC3 course sequence includes:

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ME3205Missile Aerodynamics

4

1

SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
AE4452Advanced Missile Propulsion

4

1

SS3613Military Satellite Communications

3

0

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ME4703Missile Flight and Control

4

1

AE3740/SS3740Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Systems - Part I

3

0

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ME3611Mechanics of Solids II

4

0

AE3741/SS3741Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Systems - Part II

3

0

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
AE/ME 3000-4000 Level Specialization Course

AE/ME 3000-4000 Level Specialization Course

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
AE0810Thesis Research

0

8

AE/ME 4000 Level Specialization Course

Quarter 7

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
AE0810Thesis Research

0

8

AE/ME 4000 Level Specialization Course

Quarter 8

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
AE0810Thesis Research

0

8

AE0810Thesis Research

0

8


Educational Skill Requirements (ESRs)
Aerospace Engineering Program – Curriculum 608
Subspecialty Code: None

See Aerospace Engineering Program – Curriculum 609