The mission of the Aerospace Sciences PhD program is to provide interdisciplinary teaching and research at the highest academic levels. The goal is to provide highly educated scholars and leaders with the skills necessary to mix technology and science with an understanding of the politics and economics of the aerospace fields.
Students will develop a thorough knowledge of the aerospace elements specifically related to the Aviation and Space Studies disciplines that will allow them to be successful leaders in the industry by applying solutions gained through theory and applied research.
Students will enhance their analytical, technical, research and communication skills through classroom and research activities to further develop an ability to carry out independent, original and applied research.
Students will further develop the critical skill set needed to enable them to fill leadership roles within government and research agencies, educational institutions or private aerospace and aviation sector companies.
The applicant must meet The School of Graduate Studies’s current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog. The additional requirements for admission to the Aerospace Sciences PhD program are as follows:
A Master’s or graduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.25/4.0
Submission of a statement of personal goals
Satisfy The School of Graduate Studies’s English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Exam
Industry experience preferred
90 credits beyond a baccalaureate degree. With approval of the Aerospace Sciences PhD Program and the UND School of Graduate Studies, up to 30 credits from a master’s degree from an accredited institution can be applied toward the requirements of the doctoral degree.
Successful completion of 60 semester credits beyond the master’s degree
Successful completion of qualifying exam prior to advancement to candidacy
12 to 18 semester credits of dissertation (Avit 999 or SpSt 999) and successful defense of the dissertation
Scholarly Tools requirement is 6 to 12 semester credits, to be determined by the student’s advisor and/or committee, from the courses listed below. These courses are in addition to what may transfer as part of the student’s Master’s degree program. Therefore, a minimum of six credits will be required as part of the PhD program.
Avit 503 (or equivalent): Statistics
Avit 504: Research Methods
SpSt 504: Research Methods in Space Studies
Avit 505: Qualitative Research Methods
Avit 506: Quantitative Research Methods
Avit 507: Advanced Research Methods
Faculty and Areas of Expertise
The PhD in Aerospace Sciences is a joint program between the Departments of Aviation and Space Studies. The combined departments have over twenty graduate faculty members with earned terminal degrees in geology, engineering, astronomy, business, political science, mathematics, biophysics, education, medicine and law.
Research interests include: asteroids, near-earth objects, remote sensing, long-term life support, planetary colonization, space history, space policy, human space flight, space suits, orbital mechanics, human factors, regulation, FAA training standards, pilot performance, strategic planning, safety, and decision making under risk.
We recommend prospective students browse the department websites below, to learn more about aerospace programs, faculty and their areas of expertise.
Application deadline is February 1st.
Please visit The School of Graduate Studies website for the most current information. For description of the Aviation courses, please see
The UND Catalog
, page 267.