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Schools with Flight Engineering Programs: How to Choose

Dec 10, 2019

Students interested in flight engineering may earn an undergraduate or graduate degree, typically in aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering or aviation operations. These programs educate students in a variety of topics, such as air traffic control and the design, operation, engineering and maintenance of aircraft.

Students in flight engineering programs earn degrees in aviation, aerospace engineering and aeronautical technology. Students in some programs are allowed to select a concentration like aircraft operations or aviation management, or they can take flight-training courses.

Top 10 Engineering Schools (Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical)

Engineering programs for aspiring flight engineers are available at these schools.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition
(2018-2019)*
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $51,832 (Undergraduate); $51,520 (Graduate)
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,424 (In-state undergraduate); $33,020 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $13,788 (In-state Graduate); $28,568 (Out-of-state Graduate)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,262 (In-state undergraduate); $49,350 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $23,128 (In-state Graduate); $46,678 (Out-of-state Graduate)
Purdue University - West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,992 (In-state undergraduate); $28,794 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $9,208 (In-state Graduate); $28,010 (Out-of-state Graduate)
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4-year, Private Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $50,487 (Graduate)
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $50,703 (Graduate)
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $50,340 (Undergraduate); $49,450 (Graduate)
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,094 (In-state undergraduate); $31,664 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $15,068 (In-state Graduate); $28,221 (Out-of-state Graduate)
University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,595 (In-state undergraduate); $35,216 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $12,906 (In-state Graduate); $27,864 (Out-of-state Graduate)
University of Colorado - Boulder Boulder, CO 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,532 (In-state undergraduate); $37,286 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $11,484 (In-state Graduate); $30,384 (Out-of-state Graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

In a traditional aeronautical or aerospace engineering program, students start out learning fundamental engineering principles and then move on to advanced courses that focus on designing, operating and maintaining aerospace systems and equipment. When choosing a school with a flight engineering program, students may want to consider the following:

  • Schools that offer internships, co-operative courses or service learning projects allow students to explore different jobs, make industry contacts and gain new skills.
  • Some schools provide students with research laboratories and flight simulator machines that they can use during their studies.
  • Schools located near major airports give students the chance to apply the techniques they have learned in the classroom.
  • Some schools allow undergraduates to collaborate with faculty on their professional research, or include group research projects in the undergraduate curriculum, and schools that have established relationships with research companies or other laboratories give students the opportunity to gain real-world experience.

Bachelor's Degree Programs in Aerospace Engineering

A common undergraduate degree in flight engineering is the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, but students may also earn a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering Technology or a Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Operations. Graduates of an accredited bachelor's degree program in flight engineering are prepared to begin their careers, or to apply to a master's degree program.

Master's Degree Programs in Aerospace Engineering

There are some doctoral programs in fields related to flight engineering, but most graduate degrees are master's degrees, including a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering, a Master of Science in Aerospace Computational Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

Applicants to master's degree programs in flight engineering typically have a bachelor's degree in a math or science major and usually have some prior experience with aviation. Master's degree programs often have a thesis requirement, but some offer a non-thesis option that may include additional courses and presentations.

Many public and private institutions offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering, so students may want to consider other factors such as location, cost and practical experience opportunities when selecting a program in this field.

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