Official admissions to graduate study at the university are contingent upon review of an applicant's record, receipt of a final undergraduate transcript showing degree(s) awarded, an affirmative recommendation by the department and action by the UC San Diego Graduate Division.

Financial Assistance

All graduate students at UC San Diego are responsible for tuition and fees each quarter in order to utilize University resources. Students can receive financial support to help cover these costs in the forms of fellowships, scholarships, and academic student employment positions.


Current and prospective students may see academic advisors during walk-in hours or by an appointment in our offices, EBU2 181 and 170. See the guide below to help you in determining the best way to contact us. 

Program Overview

Graduate studies in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) lead to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering sciences, with a specialization in one of the following areas: aerospace engineering, applied mechanics, applied ocean sciences, computational science, engineering physics and mechanical engineering.

We are pleased to offer a professional Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in Medical Device Engineering. We are also co-collaborators on another MAS degrees in Architecture-Based Enterprise Systems Engineering with the Computer Science and Engineering Department.

The instructional and research programs in MAE are characterized by interdisciplinary relations with the Departments of BioengineeringElectrical and Computer EngineeringComputer Science and EngineeringMathematicsPhysics, and Chemistry and with associated campus institutes such as the California Space InstituteCenter for Magnetic Recording ResearchCenter for Molecular GeneticsInstitute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsScripps Institution of OceanographyUCSD Center for Energy and Combustion ResearchFusion Energy Research Program.