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The Aerospace Engineering Department offers the following degree programs:

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering prepares students for engineering work related to aerodynamics, flight testing, structures, propulsion, control systems, vehicle dynamics, stability and control, flight simulation, and design for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. The problems faced by the aerospace industry offer an unusual engineering challenge. Much of the analysis and testing must be accomplished at the very frontiers of knowledge. Nevertheless, products must be designed and manufactured; thus, an exceptionally wide range of engineering abilities is required within the industry and government. Learn more about the BS Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

The blended program provides motivated students with an accelerated route to the MS Aerospace Engineering, with simultaneous conferring of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students in the blended program are provided with a seamless process whereby they can progress from undergraduate to graduate status.

Cal Poly undergrads can “double count” 4 units of undergraduate or 500-level technical elective credit, and it is also possible to count units of 500-level courses taken as an undergraduate that were not used as technical elective credit towards your 45 graduate units. Learn more about the Blended BS + MS program.


The Aerospace Engineering Department maintains a graduate program that offers high quality experiences to prepare students for careers that involve a particular level of specialization and expertise, or that will require broad knowledge across technical fields.  We offer a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with a specialization in Research – this means that you will undertake a significant thesis project as the primary experience of your program, along with coursework that will let you develop mastery of skills relating to your chosen career path.

For general information about the Graduate Program at Cal Poly, and any available resources for graduate students, visit the Graduate Education office. Fall will be the only term that applications for the AERO Masters program will be accepted for. Applications are due January 1st. Learn more about the graduate program.