College of EngineeringDepartment of Aerospace EngineeringApplyRequirements


The Aerospace Engineering department makes admissions decisions based on the compatibility of the applicant’s goals with departmental resources, the availability of spaces for new students, and a holistic evaluation of the applicant’s potential for success in the program. Other considerations typically include standardized test scores (such as GRE and if applicable TOEFL or equivalent), grades and/or GPAs, letters of recommendation, writing samples, research or applied experience, and interviews.

To be considered for admission, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  • The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or provide proof of equivalent training from a recognized academic institution outside the United States. Equivalency is determined by international evaluators in the Graduate School.
  • The applicant must be in good standing at the institution last attended.
  • The applicant must submit standardized examination scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS) as required for application to the degree program. Please see FAQs page for further clarification.
  • The successful applicant normally will meet one of the following: a) a GPA of at least 3.0 on all undergraduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree; b) a GPA of at least 3.0 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree; or c) an acceptable GRE or GMAT score as determined by the program to which the applicant applies.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit: 1) TOEFL scores of at least 550 on the written test (213 on the computer-based test); 2) 79 on the Internet Based Test with at least 16 in each section; 3) IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5; or 4) demonstrate English proficiency during an oral examination (interview) satisfactory to the examining committee and approved by the graduate dean.
  • International graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) must have a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) to be eligible to teach at Auburn. New GTAs are expected to achieve this qualification within a year of arriving at Auburn. A score of at least 23 on the speaking section of the iBT TOEFL, or a score of at least 7.0 on the speaking section of the IELTS, or a score of at least 4.4 on the iTEP speaking test is accepted as equivalent qualification. The iTEP speaking test is regularly administered at Auburn University prior to the beginning of classes. Alternatively, the language requirement for GTAs may be met by passing the course INTL-1820, Classroom Communication Skills for International GTAs.
  • The applicant must be recommended for admission by the graduate faculty in the applicant’s area of study. The faculty in the Aerospace Departments may (and frequently do) establish higher standards than those described here and may require that applicants submit additional materials. Applicants should contact the faculty in the Aerospace Department for information about any additional requirements.
  • The applicant must disclose all institutions beyond secondary school, including Auburn University, which the applicant has previously attended; similarly, all course work and/or degrees must be disclosed.  Withholding information requested on the application for admission, including attendance at any other institution, or giving false information, may make the applicant ineligible for admission to the university or subject to dismissal.


Final evaluation of application files will not occur until all of the above requirements have been met. Applicants will be notified by the dean of the Graduate School when an admissions decision has been made. Some departments, operating with a limited number of spaces for students each year, make final decisions for the fall semester in early spring.