The focus of the program in Aerospace Engineering from University of Kansas is the design of aerospace vehicles and components. This is accomplished in a four year academic program that consists in the first year of basic sciences, mathematics, and communication courses. These courses form the key foundation for the rest of the program. 


Also, you will take an Introduction to Aerospace Engineering course that will give you an overview of the program.

In the second year at the University of Kansas you will continue to take basic mathematics and science as well as engineering science courses. The engineering science courses apply the principles you have mastered in the basic sciences and mathematics to the solution of engineering problems. In the third year you learn the unique nature of aerospace problems. 

These courses cover the major subdivisions of Aerospace Engineering - fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and flight dynamics. You will also have courses in complementary topics including computer graphics and instrumentation. Inyour fourth year, you have the opportunity to see how all the individual specialized technologies are used to design a vehicle.

The aerospace engineer is concerned with the design, production, operation, and support of aircraft and spacecraft. Aerospace engineers conduct research to solve problems and improve processes for the aerospace industry. The curriculum includes traditional courses in aerodynamics, flight dynamics and control, propulsion, structures, manufacturing, instrumentation, and spacecraft systems. Capstone design courses are offered in aircraft, propulsion, and spacecraft design.

KU Aerospace Engineering is an international leader in aerospace education committed to developing a global community of choice for students, educators and researchers by strategically aligning teaching, research and service missions. A world class graduate and undergraduate education focused on designing, simulating, building, testing and flying aerospace vehicles is provided. 

The department invests in research infrastructure and chooses outstanding students, faculty and staff to conduct basic and applied research of relevance to aerospace vehicles and systems. The department supports the aerospace profession by educating the public, by maintaining the KU aerospace short course program and by advising policy-makers in government, industry and disciplinary professional organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Computing for Engineers
  • Introduction to Global History of Aerospace Technologies
  • Private Flight Course
  • Private Flight Aeronautics
  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Colloquium
  • Aerospace Industrial Internship
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Introduction to Astronautics
  • Aerospace Industrial Internship
  • Aerospace Computer Graphics
  • Aerospace Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Advanced Flight Training
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics and Performance
  • Aerospace Industrial Internship
  • Aerospace Structures I
  • Aerospace Structures II
  • Honors Aerospace Structures
  • Aerospace Materials and Processes

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Freshmen must:

  • Provide evidence of high school graduation with a college preparatory curriculum, as demonstrated by country-specific requirements
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Submit English proficiency test scores (used to estimate students' placement in appropriate level of ESL course, as needed. All international students are screened after arrival on campus and prior to enrollment by the KU Applied English Center).
  • Specific admission requirements depend upon a student's level (freshman or transfer) and chosen program of study. 

Tuition Fee

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    26302 USD/year
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  • National

    10092 USD/year
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Living costs for Lenexa

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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