Unrestricted admission to this program requires an accredited undergraduate degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering. Those applicants with undergraduate degrees in other fields of engineering and science or mathematics are eligible for admission, but might be required to complete several leveling courses to prepare themselves for successful participation in the program. Application for entry into the program should follow the same application procedure listed under the graduate Mechanical Engineering program and the applicants should complete the corresponding application forms stating “Aerospace Engineering” as their major.
For students entering the Master of Science (M.S.) program:
Admission into the M.S. program is based on a competitive combination of the following: (i) academic background, (ii) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, (iii) letters of recommendation, and (iv) the student's statement of purpose. International students must submit their TOEFL scores as well. Normally an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 is required on the last 60 semester credit hours attempted exclusive extracurricular credits. Texas law prohibits the definition of minimum acceptable scores on the GRE. However, average scores for the 1997 – 2001 admission classes for all programs are 715 on the Quantitative section and 540 on the Verbal section. A TOEFL score of at least 550 is required for students whose native language is not English. In special cases, conditional admission may be granted to a student who is not clearly competitive in all areas. However, conditional admission is not available to non-immigrant visa holders. While letters of recommendation from industrial supervisors are accepted, they are not as useful as letters from faculty members who have observed the academic performance of the applicant.