Admission Process


The Aerospace Engineering department accepts applications to its Master of Science degree program each year for the fall semester. Master’s degree candidates can choose specializations, in  Aerodynamics/Astrodynamics or Structural Mehcanics areas when applying. Students in these specializations in our master’s degree program, through course work and research, will build expertise in an aerospace engineering sub-discipline, namely Aerodynamics; Propulsion; Guidance, Navigation and Controls; and Aerospace Structures

For details on how to apply and application materials that must be submitted please visit the graduate admission information webpage.

For in detail description of the to steps visit the “Steps to Apply” page at Graduate Admissions

The program application will require the following documents.

  1. Personal statement of purpose
  2. Resume or curriculum vita
  3. Unofficial copy of your transcripts
  4. Contact information for at least two referees (preferably three) who will submit recommendation letters in support of your application(At least one should be a former professor with whom you have taken a course or has supervised your research or project.)

Applicants to the aerospace engineering M.S. degree program should have a degree in aerospace engineering or related fields. Students in related areas such as mechanical engineering, applied physics, and applied mathematics will be considered, and if found eligible awarded a conditional admission that will require them to complete some undergraduate aerospace engineering courses to achieve the prerequisite knowledge for the graduate level courses. Check with graduate adviser before applying

We look at the application package as a whole. This includes your academic records, your test scores and the recommendation letters, your statement of purpose and your resume/curriculum vita. The admission committee looks for evidence that you have the academic background, maturity and motivation to succeed in our graduate program. Take this into account when preparing your application and support documents.

Here is the link to the Interfolio application for Aerospace Engineering:

Have any questions?

Prof. Satchi Venkataraman
Graduate Adviser
Department of Aerospace Engineering 
San Diego State University
Mail code 1308
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1308 

Email: [email protected]