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.

Admissions Requirements

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

Two out of three are required:

  • High school cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50
  • High school class rank among the highest 10%
  • ACT composite score of at least 27 or SAT combined score of at least 1,200 (old test)/ 1,800 (new test)

Additionally, applicants are required to:

  • Submit an essay on an assigned subject
  • Be interviewed by faculty


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

ph: 330-972-6487

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