Taught course

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Entry requirements

You must have a strong background in mathematics and physics, and, with rare exception, familiarity with an engineering discipline. In some cases, unfulfilled entrance requirements may be satisfied during your first year of graduate study. If you're radically changing fields, advanced study before applying is recommended. You should also address your reasons for changing you field when you are writing your Statement of Objectives, a very important part of our graduate application.

We require all applicants to sit for the GRE General Test in order to apply. We do not offer a waiver for this exam under any circumstances. This exam must be taken on or by December 1, so that your score report will reach us by the application completion deadline of December 15. We do not enforce a minimum GRE score requirement for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

The two-year Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics degree program prepares students for an advanced position in the aerospace field and provides a solid foundation for doctoral study. Students are required to complete a thesis and related research or design experience.

If you hold only a bachelor's degree, you are initially eligible to apply to our Master's program only. Once accepted, during the second year of your Master's program you would then be eligible to sit for our doctoral Field Exams. These exams serve as admission to our PhD program once the Master's is completed. Students who already hold a Master's degree may apply for direct acceptance to our PhD program. Your undergraduate and graduate degrees need not be in aeronautics or astronautics.

Fees and funding

British citizens who are – or will be – graduates of British universities should check out Kennedy Scholarships.

These awards offer full tuition and health insurance coverage and a generous stipend towards living expenses which is means-tested. They are offered annually in competition.

Please note that you will need to submit your application to the award ahead of the deadline for MIT application. Kennedy Scholarship applications are to be made online via the website between mid-August and late-October in the same application season as you will submit your application to MIT. Please also note they are totally separate from, and independent of, admission to the program. Awards made at interview in London in January are provisional, pending confirmation of a place on the course.

See the website for full information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

AeroAstro graduate information
001 617 253 3291