Top 25 Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering Universities in USA 2014

Posted by on January 19, 2014 in University Rankings | 6 comments


While majority of students in Pakistan prefer the fields of electrical or mechanical engineering, there are a few who prefer engineering in the field of aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Typically, in these graduate engineering programs students must learn and become adroit at the science of flight and operation for aircraft’s as well as space travel.

SEE ALSO: Top 20 Graduate Engineering Universities in the U.S.

Every year hundreds of graduating students for top aeronautical engineering institutes such as NUST, UET & PAF vie for a top graduate school in the U.S. Most of them don’t know which programs to apply at and what schools are well known in this area of engineering.

Top graduate aerospace engineering universities are scattered all over the U.S. and their tuition fee varies greatly. Good programs that specialize in aeronautical and related studies require strong academic performance, letters of recommendation from inspiring faculty and proficient scores in exams such as the GRE and TOEFL.

In order to help you guys chose the right program, I have compiled a list of top 25 aeronautical engineering universities in the U.S. that offer both Master’s and PhD. Programs in these fields.

Please note that Pakistani students who are not U.S. citizens will pay the out-of-state tuition fee.

University Name Rank Tuition Fee Number of Graduate Students Admitted Every Year GRE Scores Required
California Institute of Technology 1 $38,084 per year (full-time) 587 Yes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 $41,770 per year (full-time) 3,163 Yes
Stanford University 3 $43,950 per year (full-time) 3,548 Yes
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor 4 $22,518 per year (in-state, full-time); $41,914 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 3,184 Yes
Georgia Institute of Technology 5 $10,584 per year (in-state, full-time); $26,860 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 4,651 Yes
Purdue University—West Lafayette 6 $10,332 per year (in-state, full-time); $29,134 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 3,070 Yes
University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign 7 $16,352 per year (in-state, full-time); $29,618 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 2,975 Yes
University of Texas—Austin (Cockrell) 8 $9,564 per year (in-state, full-time); $17,506 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 2,425 Yes
Princeton University 9 $38,650 per year (full-time) 574 Yes
Texas A&M University—College Station (Look) 10 $277 per credit (in-state, full-time); $577 per credit (out-of-state, full-time) 2,918 Yes
Cornell University 11 $29,500 per year (full-time) 1,768 Yes
University of Maryland—College Park (Clark) 12 $11,020 per year (in-state, full-time); $23,760 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 2,254 Yes
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities 13 $14,570 per year (in-state, full-time); $22,320 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,920 Yes
University of Colorado—Boulder 14 $12,726 per year (in-state, full-time); $28,602 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,613 Yes
Virginia Tech 15 $10,677 per year (in-state, full-time); $20,926 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 2,278 Yes
Pennsylvania State University—University Park 16 $18,672 per year (in-state, full-time); $31,512 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,863 Yes
University of California—Los Angeles (Samueli) 17 $12,562 per year (in-state, full-time); $27,664 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,776 Yes
University of California—San Diego (Jacobs) 18 $11,220 per year (in-state, full-time); $26,322 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,614 Yes
University of Washington 19 $13,930 per year (in-state, full-time); $26,790 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 2,030 Yes
University of Notre Dame 20 $42,350 per year (full-time) 501 Yes
Arizona State University (Fulton) 21 $10,001 per year (in-state, full-time); $24,549 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 2,692 Yes
Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) 22 $1,119 per credit (full-time) 1,450 Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 23 $43,350 per year (full-time) 831 Yes
University of Southern California (Viterbi) 24 $28,242 per year (full-time) 4,398 Yes
Ohio State University 25 $11,704 per year (in-state, full-time); $29,016 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,738 Yes

SEE ALSO: Top 25 Cheapest US Engineering Universities for Pakistani Students

Do remember that a getting in one of these best aerospace & aeronautical engineering universities in US requires lot of hard work and dedication. They offer undergraduate, post graduate and Ph. D. degrees which will vary in duration. Specific commercial aircraft studies and spacecraft research studies are also offered in certain programs. Students can choose them based on individual requirement and pursue the course to successfully obtain a graduate degree. As a word of advice, do wide research to identify the best schools and sign up for the right one.


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    Great work Talha bhai….I read a number of posts on this blog…much appreciated 🙂 Please write a post on mechanical engineering universities as soon as you get some time. Thank YOu 🙂

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    Please tell me cheapest but high rank university for engineering in NY. Asap reply

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      You can check the NY state rankings and cost on

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    Please tell me the US university that offers euronautical engineering at bachelor level

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