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What Is Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering? 

It is MORE than just rocket science! Aeronautical and astronautical engineering integrates multiple engineering disciplines. Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford emphasizes structural, aerodynamic, propulsion, and guidance and control problems of aircraft and spacecraft.


We currently offer one undergraduate degree program, three graduate degree programs and two online graduate certificate programs.


From our inception in 1957 to Summer 2017, we were a graduate-only department. In Autumn 2017, we opened a new undergraduate program in response to demand by students and industry. 


Stanford undergraduates may work simultaneously toward a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. The degrees may be granted simultaneously or the bachelor’s degree may be awarded first.


Stanford’s Aeronautics & Astronautics graduate programs prepare students for professional positions in industry, government and academia through a comprehensive program of graduate teaching and research.

Online Graduate Certificates

Our graduate certificates, with courses delivered online by the Stanford Center for Professional Development, are especially designed for students in industry.

Courses ...

In addition to our degree programs, Aeronautics & Astronautics offers undergraduate and graduate courses in aerospace computational science, space policy and aerospace business to students in the wider Stanford community. Come learn with us!

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Alumni Spotlight

Learn more about Aeronautics & Astronautics from our alumni.

Tess Hatch
Tess Hatch
MS ’17, Aeronautics and Astronautics

“ Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, went to the high school I attended years before me ... ”

Theresa Johnson
Theresa Johnson
PhD ’15, Aeronautics and Astronautics

“ I believe in using technology for change. My goal is to build products that allow us to connect more ... ”

Internships, Career and Life After Stanford

Our programs prepare students for careers in aircraft and spacecraft engineering, space exploration, air- and space-based telecommunication industries, autonomous systems, robotics, commercial space transportation, teaching, research, military service and many related technology-intensive fields.

Financial Aid

Undergraduate financial aid is handled through the Stanford University Financial Aid Office, which provides comprehensive information on financial aid alternatives for undergraduates. The Aeronautics & Astronautics department awards graduate financial aid in the form of graduate fellowships, research assistantships and course assistantships. Questions related to graduate financial aid should be directed to the staff of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Services Office.


Undergraduate financial aid

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Graduate financial aid

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