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Engineering: Aerospace and Aeronautics Focus

Katie Schenk - December 14, 2019

Aerospace and aeronautical engineering degrees

Ready to expand your aerospace or aeronautics career with a master’s degree from one of the top universities in the United States?

How much do aerospace engineers earn in the US?

The annual median pay for Aerospace Engineers in the US was $115,220 in 2018. That accounts for all education and career levels. But, according to Salary.com, you can expect an annual post-grad salary between $130,946 - $139,220. 

The top-paying industries for aerospace engineers (with annual median salaries) are: 

  • Scientific Research and Development Services: $128,980
  • Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing: $122,430
  • Technical and Trade Schools: $121,200
  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: $121,160
  • Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing: $120,600

Where do aerospace engineers work in the US?

Want help narrowing your shortlist of aerospace engineering schools? Companies most actively recruit employees from universities in their state or region. 

You'll find the highest concentration of aerospace engineers in these states:

  • California (11,440)
  • Texas (6,770)
  • Alabama (4,080)
  • Ohio (3,880)
  • Maryland (2,890)

Top aeronautical and aerospace engineering masters programmes in the US

But first, you need to get your degree. We've got a quick view of some of the top programmes with links directly to the aerospace and aeronautics departments for more information.

And, if you've already found your dream school, why not take a look at some of the major recruiters in this field. The handy list below may even help you narrow your top school choices. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts | Northeast

Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford (San Francisco), California | West


California Institute of Technology - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pasadena (Los Angeles), California | West

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
  • Occasionally offers winter admissions.

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MSAAE)
    • Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE/MS) with a concentration in Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 10
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE)
    • Master of Engineering (MEng) with a concentration in Aerospace Systems Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Illinois graduates.

University of Texas ​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin, Texas| West

Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Princeton, New Jersey| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $85,120
  • Degrees available
    • M.S.E. in Mechanical and Aersospace Engineering

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Texas A&M graduates.

University of Colorado ​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Boulder, Colorado | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,346
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (M.S.ASEN)
    • Dual Degree MS Aerospace (Primary) & ME Eng. Mgmt
  • Offers spring admissions.

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering Program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of California Los Angeles - Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 13
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Take a look at UCLA Career Center partners.

University of Maryland ​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering

College Park (Washington DC), Maryland | Northeast

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering

Minneapolis, Minnesota | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,164
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (MSAEM)

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $46,050
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

    • Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Virginia Tech graduates.

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

University of Washington - College of Engineering

Seattle, Washington | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,219
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA)
    • Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting U of Washington graduates.

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Aerospace Engineering
    • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Aerospace Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 20
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,307
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

    • Dual degree of Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering/Master of Science in Engineering Management

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Viterbi graduates.

University of California ​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering

San Diego, California | West

University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering

Notre Dame, Indiana | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 20
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $76,280
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Troy, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,306
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Rensselaer graduates.

University of California ​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Irvine (Los Angeles), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,064
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Master of Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Take a look at companies recruiting UC Irvine graduates.

University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Charlottesville, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,532
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Iowa State University - College of Engineering

Ames, Iowa | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,902
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR aerospace department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering

Cleveland, Ohio | Midwest

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on December 14, 2019. Originally published on September 7, 2017.


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