The University of Michigan offers an internationally-recognized undergraduate aerospace engineering program. Our undergraduate degree program is ranked fourth-highest in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Students work together on an array of aerospace and other engineering projects. Undergraduate research is an important part of the Michigan experience. Students have opportunities to get involved in research within aerospace or elsewhere at the university.


Students can tailor to their own interests by choosing electives from advanced aerospace courses, or from courses in a wide range of other technical areas, including: aerodynamics; helicopters; air vehicle systems; rocket and spacecraft propulsion; orbital dynamics and satellite control; materials and advanced composites; and computer and information systems for aerospace vehicles.

Students can also choose a combined degree program that offers them two bachelor’s degrees, with the second often being in a related field such as mechanical engineering.


We have the largest aerospace engineering alumni base in the United States. Being part of the Michigan Engineering community opens professional opportunities for our graduates. Many alumni return each year to speak with students and faculty, and both private sector and government organizations reach out frequently to recruit at Michigan – including multiple job fairs throughout the school year where students earn internships or job opportunities for after graduation.



Our graduate program is ranked No. 5 among public institutions in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.



Our students and faculty push many boundaries in aerospace engineering.



Undergraduate students join our department from 34 states across the country.

Program Overview

Students learn necessary theories behind aerospace engineering while also emphasizing real-world applications.


What you need to know to join our department.

Degree Requirements

What you need to do to earn your BSE degree.


Learn more about how to pay for your BSE.

Study Abroad

Want to travel? Check out ways Michigan can help you learn more about your field while you explore new places.

Co-ops & Internships

Find out how to get practical, hands-on experience to jumpstart your engineering career.

Current Undergraduate Students

Everything our undergrads need to know to graduate on time, including where you can go for any questions you might have.

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We know that excellence and diversity go hand-in-hand

We are committed to a department culture that supports and celebrates each of our members in their studies and their work.


Aerospace Freshman receives first Patti Grace Smith Fellowship at U-M

Elijah Simpson wins Patti Grace Smith Fellowship

Michigan Vertical Flight Technology takes 1st in the Inaugural VFS DBVF Competition

Michigan Vertical Flight Technology, a student team centered around building VTOL aircraft, took first place in the Vertical Flight Society’s first annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight Competition.

Congratulations Michigan Aerospace student Radhika Khosla on receiving the WAA Academic, Team Building and Service Award!

Michigan Aerospace sophomore Radhika Khosla has been honored by the Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WAA) with the WAA Academic, Team Building and Service Award

Congratulations Michigan Aerospace senior Kara Vanderwest on receiving the WAA Champion Award!

Michigan Aerospace senior Kara Vanderwest has been honored by the Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WAA) with the WAA Champion Award

Michigan Aerospace instructional aide, Maia Herrington Awarded the 2021 Charles F. Barth, Jr. Prize

Congratulations U-M Aerospace Engineering instructional aide and undergraduate student, Maia Herrington on being awarded the 2021 Charles F. Barth, Jr. Prize!

Michigan Aerospace Outreach Football Video

Three Michigan Engineering undergraduate students explain the aerodynamics of football in the 2021 U-M Aerospace Engineering Outreach YouTube video.

Michigan Medical UAV team logo

Undergraduate research team develops [medical drone] UAV despite pandemic restrictions

In spite of research shutdowns due to COVID and subsequent laboratory restrictions, a team of University of Michigan aerospace undergraduate students, under the direction of Department Chair Tony Waas, and Dr. Tim Smith, have designed, built, and are currently testing a prototype UAV for use delivering essential medical supplies to remote communities in Ghana.


Congratulations Catherine Philpott on Receiving the Arlen R. Hellwarth Prize!

Michigan Aerospace undergraduate Catherine Philpott receives the Arlen R. Hellwarth Prize from the College of Engineering.

What is it like to be an aerospace engineering student at the University of Michigan?

Step into the life of sophomore Ariel (Ari) Sandberg, a student hoping to combine her love of rocket science with her passion for public policy


Be a part of research that pushes the boundaries of aerospace engineering.

undergrad female student in a cockpit during her project