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Are you thrilled by rockets in space or curious about the propulsion differences between fighter jets and commercial airlines?

We’re with you.

Interested in building an exciting career around machines that fly? Want to get started on that path now? The degree in aerospace engineering at WPI is perfect for you. Whether it’s aircraft or spacecraft that captivates you, we understand (and share) your passions, and will help you acquire the technical tools and knowledge you need to make a difference in business, government, or society in the aerospace field.

While earning your aerospace engineering bachelor’s degree, you’ll learn all you need to take a comprehensive approach to the field by studying engineering, mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, and social sciences under the close guidance of our dedicated and enthusiastic faculty. 

If you’re serious about an Aerospace Engineering career, you can apply for the BS/MS option during your junior year which allows you to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

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Curriculum for Degree in Aerospace Engineering

The course work for the degree in aerospace engineering is rooted in mathematics, basic sciences, engineering science, and design, giving you all the knowledge necessary to launch your career. You’ll gain skills and hands-on experience in analysis and design manufacturing processes, and even research and development.

Courses in Chemistry, Calculus, Aerospace Structures, Aircraft Design, Astronautics, Engineering Experimentation, Structural Dynamics, and General Physics give you the solid background and experience so you can apply all your practical knowledge to situations you’ll find in the workplace.

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Project-based Learning

At WPI we believe you learn by doing, so project-based learning is at the core of our program. Aerospace students work alongside our world-class faculty and on small project teams to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems. On campus, you’ll have the opportunity to work in our state-of-the-art labs where you'll operate real robots or use wind tunnels, vacuum chambers, and controls instrumentation.

More Value

Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internshipearning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.

What Does an Aerospace Engineer Do?

Are you interested in aerospace engineering, but wondering about your career outlook with an aerospace engineering bachelor’s degree? Maybe you have questions about whether a degree in aerospace engineering is worth it, if aerospace engineers are in high demand, or the starting salary for an aerospace engineer with a bachelor’s degree. Our career outlook provides data on aerospace engineering salaries, job titles, and top companies—Amazon Robotics, NASA, and more—that have hired WPI graduates.

Explore Related Engineering Degrees

Are you intrigued by testing and manufacturing machines and solving critical engineering challenges? Check out our bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, well suited for students who want to learn about energy, engineering mechanics, manufacturing, and more. Maybe you’re interested in the design of electronic circuits for use in things like solar-powered devices and wearable medical health sensors? Consider a bachelor’s in electrical and computer engineering, where you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest industry developments. Want to study the mechanics behind the world’s biggest questions? Our bachelor’s in physics will help you apply physics principles to larger engineering problems.

Complement Your Degree with a Minor

If you have an interest in rockets, airplanes, fighter jets, and more, but aren’t sure if a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering is right for you, consider a minor instead. With hands-on projects and courses that give a broad overview of the discipline, you’ll have all you need to take your passion and turn it into part of your career.

Continue Your Aerospace Education

Already earned your aerospace engineering bachelor’s degree but still interested in learning more? There’s a WPI program for that. Our flexible MS program gives you the chance to expand your knowledge while also focusing in on particular areas of interest like electric propulsion or renewable energy. Take your education one step further with a PhD, where you’ll work closely with expert faculty on high-level research projects while developing your own body of work.

Aerospace Engineering Department

The Aerospace Engineering Department is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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