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AeroAstro Graduate Program Master of Science degree

The Master of Science is the degree for students who want a deeply focused study of a particular disciplinary field. If you hold a bachelor’s degree, and expect to eventually seek a doctorate, you'd normally select this program. For more information, see the MIT Course Catalogue.

Master of Science (SM) requirements

Two-year (approximately) program

  • English Evaluation Test (for non-native English speakers)
  • Technical writing requirement (pdf 20K)
  • Math requirement (pdf 82K)
  • 66 subject units, not including thesis units, in graduate subjects in the candidate's area of technical interest
  • Within the 66 subject units, a minimum of 42 H-level units with at least 21 units from AeroAstro subjects
  • Non-H-level subjects must carry a grade of B or better to count toward degree requirements
  • Classes taken on a pass/fail basis do not count towards degree requirements
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.0
  • Term-by-term thesis (16THG) registration and progress evaluation
  • Acceptable thesis

For more information about MIT AeroAstro graduate degree programs, email

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