Graduate 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

Click here to apply for the AERO Masters program.


General information on Graduate programs at Cal Poly can be found on the Grad Ed website.


Advising Information

Once you are admitted to graduate study in the Aerospace Engineering Department, all graduate students must complete the forms below prior to graduation. The graduate student checklist provides a step by step timeline to ensure you are awarded your degree, come graduation.

  • Postbaccalaureate Change of Objective (BMS or Blended Program students only)
  • Working Formal Study Plan
  • Advancement to candidacy
  • Final Formal Study Plan
  • Master's Thesis Approval Form
  • Request for Graduation Evaluation

You can locate and upload all of these forms by clicking this link.

Finally, all graduate students in the Research Specialization are required to abide by the Graduate Student Timeline.

For questions about the gradaute program, contact the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Amelia Greig

All information regarding the graduate application process can be found here.

Some frequently asked questions are answered here.

Note that the deadline for external applicants is January 1st, and the applications must be complete (GRE, references, etc.).

Forms for current graduate students

Updated as of August 9th 2017:

The Graduate Education Office will no longer be accepting the Master's Culminating Experience Approval Form.
Instead, new forms will be used for culminating experience approvals from this point forward:
1.) Master's Thesis Approval Form