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 speak with MAE Graduate Program Coordinators (PhD & MS) during Open Advising hours (offerred remote via Zoom weekly) or by appointment. 'In person' advising is only available upon request and with an appointment. There is no 'walk-in' in person advising at this time.

Program Overview

Graduate studies in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) lead to MS and PhD degrees in Engineering Sciences, with a specialization in one of the following MAE Graduate Major Codes

MC81 - Mechanical Engineering

MC75 - Aerospace Engineering

MC76 - Applied Mechanics

MC78 - Applied Ocean Science

MC80 - Energy & Climate

MC91 - Computational Engineering Science

MC93 - Controls & Mechatronics

MC92 - Power & Energy Systems

MC94 - Biomechanics & Biomedical Engineering

more details about both the MAE PhD and MS programs are available through their Program pages here:

MAE PhD Program

MAE MS Program


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.