Graduate Admissions and Funding Opportunities

Applicants for graduate study in aerospace engineering and mechanics must apply online through the Graduate School. Required materials are

  • statement of purpose (include potential faculty advisors with similar interests and discuss post-graduation goals)
  • official transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation
  • appropriate test scores
    o GRE (all applicants; waived for University Scholars or those with a master’s degree or five years work-related experience)
    o TOEFL/IELTS (international applicants)
Minimum graduate school requirements:
  • GPA: The applicant must have a degree and grade point average of 3.0 overall (4.0 system) from a regionally-accredited undergraduate or graduate program, or a degree and 3.0 for the last 60 hours from a regionally-accredited undergraduate program.
  • Entrance Exam: The applicant must have a score of 300 or higher on the GRE. Minimum requirements for TOEFLS and IELTS are 79 (iBT), 550 (pBT), or 6.5 (IELTS).

AEM department standards are higher than the graduate school minimums, and all application materials are carefully considered. Students without a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering or physics are required to complete the following coursework from an accredited university (if not already completed) prior to admission: Calculus (12 credit hours), Ordinary Differential Equations, Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials and Fluid Mechanics. The mechanics courses must be calculus based. Students have the opportunity to enroll in the mechanics courses through the UA distance learning program as a non-degree seeking applicant.

Application Deadlines:

  • MSAEM: Fall (July 15), Spring (December 1), Summer (April 15)
  • PhD: Fall (May 30), Spring (September 30)
  • International students without visas will require earlier submissions


Assistantships (teaching and research) are offered by the department and individual faculty to highly-qualified applicants with preference towards those pursuing a PhD. Most assistantships start in the fall and last one academic year with consideration for renewal. An assistantship provides a competitive stipend, full tuition and health benefits. No additional application is necessary. Contacting faculty with similar research interests is encouraged.

Several national, state and university fellowship programs exist that provide academic stipends. Three examples, respectively, are the National Science Foundation, the Alabama Space Grant Consortium and The University of Alabama Graduate Council.

For additional information about the graduate program or financial assistance, contact Dr. James P. Hubner.