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Graduate Program in

Aerospace Engineering


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About The Graduate Program

The Aerospace Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona or CPP) offers an MS in Engineering with emphasis in Aerospace Engineering (MSE-AE) degree program at the Lancaster University Center in the city of Lancaster. The Program, which started in the Fall of 2007 has received WASC approval and is tailored for aerospace professionals in Antelope Valley. Courses are taught in person, some by Cal Poly Pomona Engineering faculty and some by adjunct engineers/scientists from the local aerospace community in Antelope Valley. The classes meet once a week from 5 to 8 PM. The program offers two courses per semester. 

The areas of study include both aeronautics- and astronautics-related disciplines that are in demand by industry and government agencies: aircraft structures, astronautics, air-breathing propulsion, missile engineering, computational fluid dynamics, structural dynamics, robust control of nonlinear systems, digital flight control systems, optimal control and estimation, hypersonic aerodynamics, aircraft system identification, orbit determination , aerodynamics of wings and bodies, aircraft design, and research project. 

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester units for graduation. Additionally, each student should complete a Master’s Project, including a formal report, and an oral presentation of the research before a committee of faculty. 

Career Opportunities

The acquired skills of the graduates of the MSE-AE program depend on the required and elective courses chosen. The Masters-level courses prepare the students to begin or advance their career in the aerospace industry, national defense, space exploration, commercial aerospace, aeronautics, and academia. 

Program Admission Requirements

    1. Minimum of 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate upper-division coursework in engineering, mathematics, and science.
    2. BS in aerospace or mechanical engineering from a program accredited by ABET, received within five years prior to the proposed beginning of the graduate program.
    3. Resume/CV.
    4. If B.S. received from a non-ABET institution or prior to 5 years ago or lower GPA than 3.0, but higher than ~2.85, then GRE test score (quantitative + verbal) of at least 301 is required to be considered for conditional admission.

For additional information about the program contact the Chairman of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Ali R. Ahmadi at 909-869-4314 or

To apply to the program, visit Admissions & Enrollment Planning 

Additional Resources

MSE-AE Roadmap and Curriculum Sheet
MSE-AE Transitional Contract Form
MSE-AE Contract Form
WSCUC Assessment Plan for MSE-AE
MSE-AE Enrollment and Degree Data


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