麻省理工学院

Aeronautics and Astronautics

项目介绍

Graduate study in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics includes graduate-level subjects in Course 16 and others at MIT, and research work culminating in a thesis. Degrees are awarded at the master’s and doctoral levels. The range of subject matter is described under Graduate Fields of Study. Departmental research centers’ websites offer information on research interests. Detailed information may be obtained from the Department Academic Programs Office or from individual faculty members.

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D. or Sc.D.)

AeroAstro offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) doctoral degrees that emphasize in-depth study, with a significant research project in a focused area. The admission process for the department’s doctoral program is described previously in this section under Admission Requirements. The doctoral degree is awarded after completion of an individual course of study, submission, and defense of a thesis proposal, and submission and defense of a thesis embodying an original research contribution.

The general requirements for this degree are given in the section on General Degree Requirements. Program requirements are outlined in a booklet titled The Doctoral Program [PDF]. After successful admission to the doctoral program, the doctoral candidate selects a field of study and research in consultation with the thesis supervisor and forms a doctoral thesis committee, which assists in the formulation of the candidate’s research and study programs and monitors his or her progress. Demonstrated competence for original research at the forefront of aerospace engineering is the final and main criterion for granting the doctoral degree. The candidate’s thesis serves in part to demonstrate such competence and, upon completion, is defended orally in a presentation to the faculty of the department, who may then recommend that the degree be awarded.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM OBJECTIVES & OUTCOMES

AeroAstro’s doctoral program objectives are:

  • to produce original research and technologies critical to the engineering of aerospace vehicles, information, and systems.
  • to educate future leaders in aerospace research and technology.

Upon graduation, our doctoral students will have:

  • a strong foundation in analytical skills and reasoning
  • the ability to solve challenging, engineering problems
  • an understanding of the importance and strategic value of their research
  • the ability to communicate their research with context and clarity

These degrees, for which the requirements are identical, are for students who wish to carry out original research in a focused field, and already hold a master’s degree. AeroAstro offers doctoral degrees in 13 fields. A description of general MIT doctoral requirements appears in the MIT Course Catalogue.

PH.D./SC.D. REQUIREMENTS

  • English evaluation Test (for non-native English-speakers if not previously satisfied at MIT)
  • Technical writing requirement if not previously satisfied at MIT
  • Qualifying Field Evaluation, completed within three terms of entering the department. (See below for more information.)
  • Completion of Research Process and Communication (RPC) Course
  • Formation of a thesis committee and first meeting confirmed by filing a virtual Doctoral Record Card within 2 regular terms of admission to the doctoral program.
  • Five graduate-level subjects in the major concentration and three graduate level subjects for the minor concentration, as approved by the student’s thesis committee
  • Math requirement
  • Minimum cumulative 4.4 grade point average
  • Term-by-term thesis (16THG) registration and progress evaluation
  • Thesis proposal and defense within 3 regular terms of admission into the doctoral program.
  • Successful thesis submission and defense within 4 regular terms of passing the thesis proposal defense. View the doctoral thesis archive (via DSpace.)

See the AeroAstro Doctoral Program Guide for additional guidelines and the PhD Quick Guide for a complete overview.

DOCTORAL QUALIFYING FIELD EVALUATION

A student seeking entrance to the department’s doctoral program must complete a course-based evaluation in their chosen field of study. Information about the doctoral program and the doctoral qualifying process can be found in the department’s Doctoral Program Guide.

Field Evaluation Process Timeline

Date Action/Process
July 1 The Field Evaluation Course List will be made available on the Department website for future planning purposes. This is the finalized list (with possible course additions being the only change from that published the previous Fall) for the class of students that will initiate the FE process in September.
Mid-August All students are welcome to attend the information seminar on the Field Evaluation Process provided by the Graduate Program Administrator and the Chair of the GC. 
Early September Fall Registration Day: Initiation Forms are due to the Graduate Program Administrator from students who are in the 3rd semester of their graduate program.
Late December/Early January Fall Grade Deadline: Completion Forms are due to the Graduate Program Administrator, including PhD advisor signature, grades, and cumulative GPA.
Mid-January Completion/Outcome of the Field Evaluation is confirmed for all participating students.
February PhD Orientation session for all students who pass the FE. Students who have yet to initiate the exam check-in with their advisors on progress towards their FE course completion.
May Field Exams will be held for students who need to take them.

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