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Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Auburn, AL, United States
Graduate study in Aerospace Engineering at the Auburn University features a meaningful research project in areas such as aerodynamics, astrodynamics, boundary layer theory, control theory, flight dynamics, orbital mechanics, propulsion, structures or structural dynamics under the guidance and supervision of a senior faculty member.
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The Aerospace Engineering at the Auburn University is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of fundamental scientific and technological principles, and to develop the ability to use these principles in developing solutions to engineering problems.

The educational objectives of the aerospace engineering program are:

  • Many interested Auburn Aerospace graduates will successfully pursue advanced degrees in engineering, law, business, or medicine.
  • Many Auburn Aerospace graduates will contribute in support and/or leadership positions in industry, academia, and/or government and professional aerospace organizations to maintain U.S. technical superiority in aerospace engineering.
  • All Auburn Aerospace graduates will recognize the need to maintain and increase the depth and breadth of their competency in their area(s) of expertise (which may turn out to be areas other than aerospace engineering) by engaging in individual programs of life-long learning.

Outcomes of the aerospace engineering program include:

  • graduates acquire written and oral communication skills and a knowledge of history, literature and society
  • graduates have a solid foundation in and a sound working knowledge of basic engineering principles
  • graduates have an understanding of the engineering principles and skills specifically needed in the aeronautical and astronautical disciplines 
  • graduates have an enhanced ability to learn and think creatively

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • For the doctor of philosophy degree, the student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. 
  • A plan of study will be arranged on an individual basis and students may elect to specialize in the general areas of aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, control theory, flight dynamics, orbital mechanics, propulsion, structures or structural dynamics. 
  • A written qualifying examination and a general doctoral examination, with both written and oral parts, are required of all doctoral candidates. An oral defense of the doctoral dissertation is also required of each student.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants submit their application online
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Submit a Personal Statement  
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15271 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15271 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    5641 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5641 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Auburn

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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