Postgraduate Engineering Courses in USA

The USA is one of the world’s top Study Abroad destinations for Engineering. You can take your BE or BTech degree from India, to a whole new level – with a Master’s degree in Engineering in the USA!

In postgraduate engineering courses in USA, you’ll benefit from instruction by the world’s leading academics as well as industry leaders, and access to state-of-the-art lab facilities wherein to perform original research or design innovative engineering solutions. With your degree, you’ll also be able to seek work opportunities in the USA, or elsewhere abroad.

Read on to learn more!


Which Engineering Program to Study?

Depending on your academic interests and future career goals, you can choose from 3 main options – MS or MSE, MEng or Graduate certificates.

Universities in the USA offer multiple options to choose from – including unique combinations, accelerated courses, a range of specialisations etc.

MS/Master of Science OR MSE/Master of Science in Engineering

These programs consist of coursework as well as a major research component, in the form of a paper or dissertation. They are suitable for students interested in entering research or academics. Depending on the engineering faculty, you’ll have a range of specialisations to choose from.

If your program has a strong research emphasis, you’ll be encouraged to pursue opportunities like international research conferences and journal publication.

MEng/Master of Engineering

These programs consist entirely of coursework, with several including a design/project component. They are suitable for students looking to gain specialised technical skills for industry. Your program may be general, or require you to take up a particular specialisation.

You’ll also be given opportunities to take on internships or entrepreneurial activities for credit towards your degree.

(P.S. – Some MS programs may offer both ‘thesis’ and ‘professional’ track, where the latter will focus on coursework, and is like an MEng.)

Graduate certificates

A limited number of these courses are offered by universities in USA. These are typically shorter courses, useful for someone looking to upskill in a niche specialisation, in addition to existing credentials.

Aerospace Engineering

Take your career a step further with Aerospace Engineering postgraduate engineering courses in USA. You’ll have plenty of MS and MEng options, offered by some of the world’s top-ranked universities for aerospace engineering. Some may offer options to specialise in areas like Aeronautics, Astronautics, Aerospace Systems Engineering etc.

These programs require around 2 years to complete the credit requirement. Tuition fee ranges from 30-50,000 USD per annum.

Best Universities for Aerospace Engineering in USA

  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

  • Purdue University – West Lafayette

  • University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

  • University of Texas – Austin

  • University of Colorado – Boulder

Entry Requirements:

Academic qualifications

4-year bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering or a related field (such as Mechanical or Electrical Engineering).

Min. score requirement: GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS Academic with min. 6.5.


May be required.

Other requirements

Personal Statement usually required. May need to include indication of research interests and/or name of potential faculty advisor.

Letters of Recommendation may be required.


May be available. Could include Research Assistantships (RA), Teaching Assistantships (TA), or Fellowships.


Course Structure


You’ll take a combination of fundamental and elective courses. Your assigned faculty advisor will help you plan your course of study.

Some of the topics you could study include:

  • Astrodynamics

  • Linear Systems Theory

  • Aerospace Information Systems

  • Statistical Inference, Estimation, and Learning

  • Dynamics and Control of Spacecraft

  • Flight and Trajectory Optimization

  • Avionics, Navigation and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles

You will also likely have compulsory courses with a Mathematics component.


If your program has a research component, in addition to coursework, you will have to complete a thesis. Based on your research interests, you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor, who will guide you to find a topic. Some specialisations include: