Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

About the Program

Key features of the National Institute of Aerospace Graduate Education Program include:

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MS and PhD degrees available from each of the nine university partners

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All residency requirements fulfilled in Hampton, Virginia

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On-site faculty presence including distinguished Professors-in-Residence and liaison professors from each university

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Large suite of courses available through local instruction and advanced distance learning

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Thesis and dissertation research at NASA’s Langley Research Center under the co-direction of a NASA Mentor and a faculty advisor

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Collaborative credit sharing, with up to 50% of courses available from partner schools

MS and PhD Degree Programs

Georgia Institute of Technology

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Aerospace Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

Hampton University

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Physics

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Atmospheric Sciences

North Carolina A&T State University

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Electrical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Old Dominion University

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Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical or Computer Engineering

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Engineering Management

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Systems Engineering

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Modeling and Simulation

University of Maryland

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Aerospace Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

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Meteorology

University of Virginia

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Material Science and Engineering

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Systems and Information Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and state university

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Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

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Engineering Science and Mechanics

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Material Science and Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering – Center for Aerospace Acoustics

William & Mary

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Applied Science

Full-Time Graduate Study

The Graduate Research Assistantship Program (GRA) provides a unique opportunity to participate in leading-edge research while taking courses offered through our university partners. Students must be enrolled at one of our participating institutions in order to take courses on-site or via distance learning at NIA. Those accepted into this selective and highly competitive program will receive full tuition plus an annual stipend, travel allowance and health insurance.

Graduate students expected to work full time on their research topics while devoting at least 20 hours per week to coursework. Up to 50% of the courses take may be from other member universities. Since the majority of the research work is conducted at Langley Research Center or at NIA, students are encouraged to reside locally.

Part-Time Graduate Study

The full suite of NIA course offerings is available to part-time students on a degree and non-degree basis. Those pursuing a part-time degree must first apply for admission at one of our member universities, and then for admission to the program. Students will typically be employees of NASA or one of NASA’s support contractors and/or will work on research of interest to NASA and NIA.

Have Questions?

Mary Catherine Bunde
Senior Education Administrator
✉️  mary.bunde@nianet.org