Outside of the U.S. Air Force Academy, The University of Akron is the only institution in the United States that offers a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering. Our curriculum focuses designing and building vehicles that fly, like rockets, satellites, and planes.

What is Aerospace Systems Engineering?

Aerospace systems engineering is a specialized form of aerospace engineering that studies how the components of flight vehicles work together to create an efficiently functioning unit. It is unique from an Aerospace Engineering degree in that teaches students aerospace engineering fundamentals as well as project management skills. This prepares them to move quickly into the role of project managers to eventually lead multidisciplinary teams.


The Aerospace Systems Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, and has specific program educational objectives and student outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

Admission Requirements

Freshman applying for admission into the aerospace systems engineering undergraduate program must meet the following requirements:

  • High school cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50 or
  • ACT composite score of at least 27 or SAT composite score of at least 1,280 (out of 1,600)

Advancing in your Aerospace Systems Engineering Program

We track the progress of our students to make sure they are ready for the classes they take. As you progress through your classes, your status will be automatically updated so that you have access to the classes that you need, when you need them.

All students gain access to 300 and 400 level engineering classes once they:

  • Have a cumulative GPA at UA of 3.0
  • Complete Calculus 2 with a C- or higher
  • Have a 2.3 grade point average in at least three of the following categories:
      • in all coursework
      • in all required mathematics coursework
      • in all required science coursework (Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Biology)
      • in all engineering coursework


Review the deadlines and important dates on the handy chart provided by the Office of Admissions.


Individuals who graduate with a B.S. in Aerospace Systems Engineering from The University of Akron make on average starting salary of $68,200. Our graduates are working companies including Meggitt, Lockheed Martin, and SpaceX, to name a few.


To finish this degree program, students must complete several required co-ops with corporations or governmental entities.

International students may not be able to participate in co-ops based on export control laws. Because co-ops are required, you will not be able to complete the degree program.

For more information:

Dr. Joan Carletta
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

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