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The 11 Best Graduate Aerospace Engineering Programs

Ilana Kowarski, Darian Somers

Take flight with an aerospace engineering grad degree.

The incredible technology that allows aircraft to take off, fly through the skies and land safely has fascinated people for years. And for some, that fascination could shape their career goals. A secondary degree in engineering concentrated in aerospace could give individuals the boost they need to reach new career heights. With that in mind, here are the 22 best aerospace engineering graduate programs.

20 (tie). University of California--San Diego (Jacobs)

Location: La Jolla, California

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 11 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 0.7%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 9

Learn more about UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering.

20 (tie). University of Notre Dame

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 47 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 7.7%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 15

Learn more about Notre Dame's College of Engineering.

20 (tie). University of Southern California (Viterbi)

Location: Los Angeles

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 9

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: Information not provided

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: Information not provided

Learn more about the Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering.

17 (tie). Ohio State University

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 27 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 3.7%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 21

Learn more about Ohio State's College of Engineering.

17 (tie). Pennsylvania State University--University Park

Location: University Park, Pennsylvania

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 35

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 5.5%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 26

Learn more about Penn State's College of Engineering.

17 (tie). University of Washington

Location: Seattle

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 27 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 8.3%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 24

Learn more about the University of Washington College of Engineering.

14 (tie). University of Maryland--College Park (Clark)

Location: College Park, Maryland

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 22 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 8.6%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 49

Learn more about UMCP's A. James Clark School of Engineering.

14 (tie). University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Location: Minneapolis

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 27 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 5.3%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 22

Learn more about the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering.

14 (tie). Virginia Tech

Location: Blacksburg, Virginia

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 31 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: Information not provided

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 29

Learn more about Virginia Tech's College of Engineering.

13. University of California--Los Angeles (Samueli)

Location: Los Angeles

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 16

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 2.3%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 40

Learn more about UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

12. Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 14

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 1.6%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 36

Learn more about Cornell's College of Engineering.

10 (tie). Texas A&M University--College Station

Location: College Station, Texas

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 15

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 4.7%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 50

Learn more about Texas A&M's College of Engineering.

10 (tie). University of Colorado--Boulder

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 31 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 19.7%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 40

Learn more about the University of Colorado--Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science.

9. Princeton University (NJ)

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 17 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 14.8%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 28

Learn more about Princeton's School of Engineering & Applied Science.

7 (tie). University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

Location: Urbana, Illinois

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 10

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 3.8%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 19

Learn more about the University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering.

7 (tie). University of Texas--Austin (Cockrell)

Location: Austin, Texas

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 11 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 5.8%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 44

Learn more about the UT--Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering.

5 (tie). Purdue University--West Lafayette (IN)

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 8

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 13.2%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 36

Learn more about Purdue's College of Engineering.

5 (tie). University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 5 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 6.4%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 32

Learn more about the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor College of Engineering.

4. Georgia Institute of Technology

Location: Atlanta

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 7

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 9.5%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 43

Learn more about Georgia Tech's College of Engineering.

3. California Institute of Technology

Location: Pasadena, California

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 5 (tie)

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 12.3%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 22

Learn more about CalTech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science.

1 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 1

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 7.2%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 36

Learn more about MIT's School of Engineering.

1 (tie). Stanford University (CA)

Location: Stanford, California

Overall U.S. News Best Engineering Schools rank: 2

Percent of graduate engineering students who specialize in aerospace: 6.4%

Number of aerospace engineering faculty members: 14

Learn more about Stanford's School of Engineering.

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Here are the highest ranked aerospace engineering grad programs.

-- 1 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology

-- 1 (tie). Stanford University

-- 3. California Institute of Technology

-- 4. Georgia Institute of Technology

-- 5 (tie). Purdue University--West Lafayette

-- 5 (tie). University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

-- 7 (tie). University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

-- 7 (tie). University of Texas--Austin (Cockrell)

-- 9. Princeton University

-- 10 (tie). Texas A&M University--College Station

-- 10 (tie). University of Colorado--Boulder

-- 12. Cornell University

-- 13. University of California--Los Angeles (Samueli)

-- 14 (tie). University of Maryland--College Park (Clark)

-- 14 (tie). University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

-- 14 (tie). Virginia Tech

-- 17 (tie). Ohio State University

-- 17 (tie). Pennsylvania State University--University Park

-- 17 (tie). University of Washington

-- 20 (tie). University of California--San Diego (Jacobs)

-- 20 (tie). University of Notre Dame

-- 20 (tie). University of Southern California (Viterbi)



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