The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Catalog 2004-2006 Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
M.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.
Thesis (M.S.), Thesis-Substitute (M.S.) and Non-Thesis (M.Engr.)
214C Woolf Hall, 817.272.2059
315F Woolf Hall, 817.272.2072
Anderson, Chan, Gaines, Joshi, Lawrence, Lu, Seath, Wang, Wilson
Dalley, Fairchild, Jiles, Payne
The overall objective of the graduate program in aerospace engineering is to develop in a student the ability to define a technical problem, establish an appropriate mathematical or experimental model based on a firm understanding of the physical nature of the problem, analyze the problem by theoretical, numerical, or experimental techniques, and evaluate the results. Although this ability is developed in the context of aerospace problems, it is applicable to the engineering of any physical system. The program is designed for a student with any of the following specific objectives:
Admission to the graduate program in AE is based on equal weighting of the of the following six criteria:
Applicants who demonstrate skills, experience or interests that meet the needs of the AE Graduate Program will be considered for fellowships or assistantships.
The Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each aerospace engineering graduate student must:
At such time as questions are raised by aerospace engineering graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in Aerospace Engineering. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."
All entering students must be proficient in mathematics, engineering analysis, and computer programming. Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted on a probationary basis and given a plan of remedial undergraduate coursework. No graduate credit will be granted for these courses. Normally, all master's and doctoral candidates in aerospace engineering shall enroll in the Graduate Seminar (AE 5101) a minimum of three times (see course description). Repeat enrollments shall require an oral presentation of thesis/dissertation results. All candidates are required to select a Supervising Professor and obtain an approved program of work in the second full semester or after 12 hours are completed.
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers both the Master of Engineering and the Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering. The Master of Engineering is a non-thesis program of advanced study, requiring 36 hours of coursework. This is the preferred route for distance education students. Although the Master of Engineering is a non-thesis degree, students pursuing this option must still select a faculty member to act as a Supervising Professor. The Supervising Professor will assist the student as described below.
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, a minimum of 6 hours of thesis preparation, and an acceptable thesis. Additional research credit hours are often needed for the Master of Science degree. The thesis may be oriented toward either research or advanced engineering analysis and design. Students pursuing the Master of Science option must select a faculty member to act as a Supervising Professor. The Supervising Professor will help to form an appropriate plan of study for elective courses, guide the student through his research project, and take care of any required administrative tasks.
In special cases, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering will also grant a Master of Science degree based on a "thesis substitute," which is of more limited scope compared with the Master's thesis. In this case, a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and a minimum of 6 hours of research are also required. Additional research credit hours may also be needed for the thesis-substitute option.
All three Master's degree plans require the same set of core courses. Five core courses are required; three in engineering, and two in a minor area, typically mathematics. In addition to the five lecture courses, three credit hours of graduate seminar are also required (see the discussion in the preceding section). The engineering core is satisfied by taking a minimum of three out of the following core courses:
In most cases, the minor is satisfied by completing the following two courses:
For students with exceptional mathematics background, the minor may be composed of two courses selected by the student and Supervising Professor that are deemed supportive of the student's area of concentration and meet approval of the Graduate Advisor.
For any of the Master's degree plans, the balance of the required coursework hours may be chosen by the Supervising Professor to meet the student's needs and interests. Normally these additional elective courses should be selected from the offerings of the Program in Aerospace Engineering or the Program in Mechanical Engineering. Courses taken outside the two programs require approval of the student's Supervising Professor as well as the Graduate Advisor.
The Ph.D. degree can be tailored to satisfy the individual student's aspirations in choice of the area of specialization, while at the same time providing a broad range of knowledge in the major technical areas comprising the field of aerospace engineering. The program will generally require two to three years of full-time study beyond the Master's degree and will include a scholarly dissertation that provides an original contribution to the literature in aerospace engineering.
All entering the Ph.D. program are required to take, at the first opportunity, the Ph.D. Diagnostic Exam: this is offered once per year on the first Saturday in October. Possible outcomes of this evaluation are: 1) continuation in the doctoral program, 2) approval to continue with certain specified remedial work, 3) failure with approval to retake, 4) termination in the program.
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)