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Graduate and COntinuing Education Programs

Providing comprehensive graduate and continuing education in science and engineering via local campus presence and distance learning technologies

The National Institute of Aerospace Graduate Program offers MS and PhD degrees from our nine partner institutions. The first full-operation of our program was initiated with the Fall 2003 Semester, and the program has continued to grow at a rapid pace. Our educational opportunities are available to NASA employees, contractors, and the local community.

Courses are taught through local instruction and advanced distance learning facilities. Students have the opportunity to work with distinguished professors-in-residence, visiting and adjunct faculty, and the on-site research staff.

NIA recognizes the importance of continuing and lifelong learning for all individuals engaged in technical fields of study. We also understand that the educational needs of scientists and engineers established in their fields often differ from those of individuals entering the field for the first time. 

While some established scientists and engineers can benefit from a master’s or doctoral program of study, many more will derive maximum benefit through access to individual or small groups of credit and non-credit educational offerings in selected areas. For scientists and engineers who would like to enhance their knowledge in focused fields, NIA has developed a program of short courses, workshops, conferences and seminars and colloquia.

Program Director

Colin Britcher
Director of Graduate Education

Have Questions?

Mary Catherine Bunde
Senior Education Administrator

NIA has maintained a postdoctoral program since 2006. It is an educational program designed to provide recent PhD recipients with an opportunity to expand their research skills acquired in their doctoral programs or to learn new research techniques.

A postdoctoral appointment is viewed as an important step in pursuing a research career. It is a limited term appointment with the primary purpose of providing additional research experience for a research career without distracting diversions or other duties, and to provide postdoctoral scientists and engineers with opportunities for research on projects which are compatible with the research interests of NIA and the sponsoring agency. The appointment is for a limited term, typically for one year, renewable for up to three additional years.