South Carolina’s only Aerospace Engineering Programs

Interested in aircrafts, rockets and spacecrafts? Prepare for a career in aerospace and related engineering fields at USC. In fact, the aerospace industry supports more than 100,000 jobs in South Carolina.

With the Master of Aerospace Engineering program at USC, you’ll learn about a variety of exciting topics, including:

  • Aerodynamics and aerospace systems
  • Flight mechanics
  • Thermo-fluids
  • Composite structure design and manufacturing
  • Future fuels

Students have the option of either an ME (Master of Engineering) or MS (Master of Science) degree. Pursuing an MS degree requires completing a thesis.

Accelerator Admission Details

Direct Master’s Accelerator Advanced Master’s Accelerator Pre-Sessional English
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5) 4.5
TOEFL® 80 (no sub-score below 18) 74 (no sub-score below 16) 50
GRE Required Yes

Must have minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0

No No
Qualifying Undergraduate Degrees Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, engineering mechanics, propulsion engineering, aerospace engineering, aeronautics and astronautics, power fluids engineering, or thermo-fluid engineering, from an accredited university.
Additional Requirements Students must have successfully passed Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations.
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring Fall, Summer or Spring

Sample Coursework

Sample Coursework
  • Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
  • Aerospace Structures I
  • Compressible Flow
  • Engineering Analysis (exclusively for Master’s Accelerator students)
  • Intermediate Dynamics
  • Introduction to Composite Materials
  • Introduction to Finite Elements Analysis in Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermodynamics

Progression Details (ME in Aerospace Engineering)

Direct Master’s Accelerator Advanced Master’s Accelerator Pre-Sessional English
Credits earned towards degree 9 6 0
Progression requirements Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program 3.0 GPA with no degree course grade lower than a B.

Successful completion of English language courses, Professional Development and Analytical Skills workshops, seminars and modules.

Students must take the GRE with minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0

Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English program course content and approval from Master’s Accelerator team.
Total credits required for degree: 30

Progression Details (MS in Aerospace Engineering)

Direct Master’s Accelerator Advanced Master’s Accelerator Pre-Sessional English
Credits earned towards degree 9 6 0
Progression requirements Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program 3.0 GPA with no degree course grade lower than a B.

Successful completion of English language courses, Professional Development and Analytical Skills workshops, seminars and modules.

Students must take the GRE with minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0

And be accepted by a faculty thesis advisor after completing a faculty interview.

Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English program course content and approval from Master’s Accelerator team.
Total credits required for degree: 30

Tuition Costs

All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.

Direct Master’s Accelerator
1 semester
Advanced Master’s Accelerator
1 semester
Tuition cost $14,488 $14,875
Global Carolina fees1 $1,817 $1,625
Total tuition cost $16,305 $16,500
Note: Additional lab fees will apply for Direct Master’s Accelerator students based on actual courses taken.
Note: Costs above are estimates per semester based on current tuition and fees and anticipated increases. Actual costs may vary and are subject to annual changes.
1 Global Carolina fee covers all fees assessed for students (including ISS, English testing, BM fees, tech, health center, etc.).

IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL ENGLISH COURSES BEFORE ENROLLING IN THE MASTER'S ACCELERATOR?

Enroll in the Pre-Sessional English Program. Classes are designed to improve students’ comprehension and ability to take rigorous academic courses in the English language.
Estimated tuition and fees: $6,500*
(based on a duration of 17 weeks)

*Pre-Sessional English program is 8.5 weeks in the summer at a cost of $3,250 USD.

Help Your Career Reach New Heights

The Master of Aerospace Engineering program at USC gives you all the tools to succeed. Give yourself a smart start to your career – apply now as part of the Master’s Accelerator program.