Top Aeronautical Schools in the U.S.

Learn about three of the top aeronautical engineering schools in the U.S. Go over these schools' program details and ranking information so that you can make an informed decision on your education. View article »

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Aspiring aeronautical engineers can pursue undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in the field from several top institutions. We'll review information about a few of these top-ranked schools and their unique programs. Aeronautical engineers are engineering professionals who work with commercial aircraft, helicopters, and fighter jets. Although it is a separate discipline, aeronautical engineering is sometimes academically linked with the related field of aerospace engineering. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgia Institute of Technology, and California Institute of Technology are three of the highest ranked doctorate-granting schools for aeronautical and aerospace engineering. Let's explore these U.S. News & World Report top-ranked institutions and their programs.

MIT in Cambridge in Massachusetts

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the best college in the U.S. for both undergraduate and graduate aeronautical engineering. The MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers several undergraduate and graduate program options, including a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Master of Science in Aerospace Computational Engineering, and a Doctor of Science in Flight Transportation. Distinguished MIT alumni include Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo 11 astronaut who was the second man to walk on the moon.

Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology's research sponsors include NASA, the United States Army, and the United States Air Force. U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia Tech the second best school in the U.S. in 2017 for its undergraduate aeronautical engineering program and tied for second for its graduate program. Part of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech, the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering is one of the largest and oldest programs for aeronautical engineering in the country. Students at Georgia Tech can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

Cal Tech in Pasadena, California

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the California Institute of Technology tied for fourth among graduate schools offering aerospace programs. California Institute of Technology ranked sixth in 2017 for its undergraduate aeronautical engineering program, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Aerospace offers the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), which has a long history of research in the field. Students can earn an undergraduate minor in aerospace as well as a master's or Ph.D. at the graduate level. Graduate students can earn their degree in aeronautics or space engineering.

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Top Aeronautical Schools in the U.S.

Now let's take a look at a few other institutions with noted aeronautical engineering programs.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Texas A & M University The school's research areas include aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, dynamics and controls, and materials and structures College Station, TX
University of California, Los Angeles Has faculty that include National Science Foundation award winners, American Nuclear Society Fellows, and National Academy of Engineering members Los Angeles, CA
University of Colorado at Boulder Boasts aerospace graduates that have gone on to work for top companies, such as Johnson Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Boulder, CO
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign In 2017, the university ranked seventh on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best undergraduate aerospace engineering schools Champaign, IL
University of Maryland Has the Aerospace Department, which is home to a student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Sigma Gamma Tau, the honor society for aerospace engineering College Park, MD
University of Michigan Ranked third on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of schools with the best undergraduate aerospace programs Ann Arbor, MI
University of Texas at Austin Offers research centers at the university that include the Center for Space Research and the Center for Aeromechanics Austin, TX

Students can study aeronautical engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level from several top-ranking universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Students can distinguish these top programs in the facilities, specialties, and research areas they offer.

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