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BSc Aerospace Engineering

Catalog id : 16
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

24070 USD
24070 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
SAT (avg)1450

About this course

This program is designed to prepare the graduate for an entry-level position in aerospace and related fields and for further education at the master's level; it is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The program includes an opportunity for a year's study abroad.

The formal learning in the program builds a conceptual understanding in the foundational engineering sciences and professional subjects that span the topics critical to aerospace. This learning takes place within the engineering context of conceiving-designing-implementing-operating (CDIO) aerospace and related complex high-performance systems and products. The skills and attributes emphasized go beyond the formal classroom curriculum and include: modeling, design, the ability for self education, computer literacy, communication and teamwork skills, ethics, and—underlying all of these—appreciation for and understanding of interfaces and connectivity between various disciplines. Opportunities for formal and practical (hands-on) learning in these areas are integrated into the departmental subjects through examples set by the faculty, subject content, and the ability for substantive engagement in the CDIO process in the department's Learning Laboratory for Complex Systems.

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Eligibility Criteria

Standardized tests are required for any student applying as a freshman to MIT. However, they are not the onlyfactor, or even the most important factor. 

When we receive your application, we review all of your academic information - grades, scores, classes, etc. - to ensure that you are prepared for MIT. In part because of the strength of our applicant pool, the majority of our applicants are very well prepared to succeed at MIT.

For native English speakers:
We require the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. We do not prefer one over the other. In addition, we require two SAT Subject Tests: one in math (level 1 or 2), and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). We do not have a preference as to which science test you take or which math level you take.

For non-native English speakers:
You have two options: 1) take the tests required for native English speakers (see above), or 2) take the TOEFL and two SAT Subject Tests, one in math (level 1 or 2) and one in science (physics, chemistry, or biology e/m). If you have been using English for less than 5 years or do not speak English at home or at school, we strongly suggest that you take the TOEFL, although it is not required for you to do so. 

If you take the same test (SAT, ACT, or an SAT Subject Test) multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section. This superscoring also applies to students who submit scores from both the "old" and "new" SAT. We do this in order to consider all applicants in their best light.

For example, if you take the SAT Reasoning Test in 11th grade and score 750 in math, 700 in critical reading and 650 in writing, and then take the SAT again in 12th grade and score 700 in math, 650 in critical reading and 700 in writing, only your best scores from each sitting (i.e. 750 in math, 700 in critical reading and 700 in writing) are used in our admissions evaluations.

Students are free to use the College Board's Score Choice option and the ACT's option to submit the scores of your choice as well.

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Course Modules

Departmental Core Units - Units
6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python 6
6.0002 Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science 6
16.001 Unified Engineering I 12
16.002 Unified Engineering II 12
16.003 Unified Engineering III 12
16.004 Unified Engineering IV 12
16.06 Principles of Automatic Control 12
16.07 Dynamics 12
16.09 Statistics and Probability 12
or 6.041 Probabilistic Systems Analysis
18.03 Differential Equations 1 12
Professional Area Subjects
Select four subjects from at least three professional areas. 2 48
Fluid Mechanics
Materials and Structures
Structural Mechanics
Aerospace Propulsion
Computational Tools
Computational Methods in Aerospace Engineering
Estimation and Control
Feedback Control Systems
Computer Systems
Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory
Real-Time Systems and Software
Communications Systems
Communication Systems and Networks
Humans and Automation
Human Systems Engineering
Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making
Laboratory and Capstone Subjects
Select one of the following: 12
Flight Vehicle Engineering (CI-M)
Space Systems Engineering (CI-M)
Select one of the following three sequences: 18
Experimental Projects:
Experimental Projects I
Experimental Projects II (CI-M)
Flight Vehicle Development:
Flight Vehicle Development (CI-M)
Space Systems Development:
Space Systems Development (CI-M)
Unrestricted Electives
Select 48 units 48
Total Units 234
Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs (36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree 198

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How to Apply

MIT does not use the Common Application. Instead, we use our own system, which lives at my.mit.edu and goes by the name of MyMIT. 

The 2017 application will be available in August. You may create a MyMIT account even if you are not sure you will apply. In fact, it's probably a good idea to do so especially if you aren't sure.

Letters Of Recommendation

At MIT, we require letters of recommendation from two teachers (one math/science, one humanities), plus materials from your guidance counselor (typically including your transcript, a school profile, and a letter of recommendation). 

MIT's recommendations process is online; you will need to create a separate recommendations account in addition to your MyMIT account.

Recommendations: Whom to Ask
MIT requires two letters of recommendation from teachers. One recommendation ("Evaluation A") should be from a math or science teacher, and one ("Evaluation B") should be from a humanities, social science or language teacher.

You should certainly ask a teacher who has taught you in an academic class in high school (i.e. no middle school, and no basket weaving class). Ideally, this will also be a teacher who knows you as more than just a student who does well on all the tests. We find that the best recommendations are written by teachers who know an applicant well as both a student and a person.

Evaluation A potential subjects
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Computer Science
Science Research (as a class)
Evaluation B potential subjects
Foreign Language
Social Studies



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