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Universities with Aircraft Engineering Bachelor's Programs

Though bachelor's degree programs in aircraft engineering do not exist by that name specifically, students can obtain the knowledge and qualifications they desire through a bachelor's degree program in aeronautical or aerospace engineering. These programs prepare students to design, maintain, manufacture and operate aircrafts.

Programs for aspiring aircraft engineers are available at 4-year colleges and universities. To become aircraft engineers, students may obtain either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Aerospace Engineering or a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, both of which are commonly offered degrees that prepare students for entry-level positions in the field of engineering.

Schools with Aircraft Engineering Programs

The following public and private institutions offer aircraft engineering programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Maryland College Park, MD 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,996 (In-state) $31,144 (Out-of-state)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, FL 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $33,218
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $11,839 (In-state) $34,143 (Out-of-state)
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 (In-state) $43,476 (Out-of-state)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $49,341
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,176 (In-state) $28,768 (Out-of-state)
University of Texas Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,806 (In-state) $34,676 (Out-of-state)
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $48,436
Auburn University Auburn, AL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,424 (In-state) $28,040 (Out-of-state)
Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,158 (In-state) $25,458 (Out-of-state)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

University Selection Criteria

Students interested in gaining knowledge of aeronautical concepts should consider the more comprehensive aerospace degree, while students interested solely in aircraft which remain in the atmosphere should pursue aeronautics. Students may also consider the following when looking for an aircraft engineering program:

  • An aspiring aircraft engineer can look for programs that have been accredited by ABET, Inc., formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
  • Laboratory and hands-on experience with aircraft could give students an edge in the field upon graduation. While some provide computer labs and moderate research facilities, others allow for access to nearby airport hangars where students can work with authentic machine tools, instrumentation and airplanes.
  • Internships for students of aeronautical or aerospace programs could include a semester or summer with one of the major airlines, car manufacturers or even NASA.

Bachelor's Degree in Aircraft Engineering

Offered as a major in either aerospace or aeronautical engineering, these programs qualify students for entry-level positions in aircraft engineering or for further coursework at the graduate level. A final project or internship may be required for graduation.

Graduate Degrees in Aircraft Engineering

Students who attain a bachelor's degree can progress to postgraduate studies. These degrees can be based more on research and development. Some programs may offer specializations within the field, such as space systems and flight dynamics.

Bachelor's and graduate degree programs in aircraft engineering are available for students at 4-year public and private institutions. Students can look at program accreditation, experiences offered and internship opportunities when trying to make their decision for which school to attend.

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