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Master of Science students studying at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology can pursue a degree in either engineering or aviation. 

With access to both industry and military in the metropolitan St. Louis area, SLU is the ideal place to pursue an advanced degree in engineering and aviation. 

The faculty in Parks College are second to none. Many of our faculty conduct research and hold grants with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), National Institutes of Health (NIH) among others. They involve graduate students in all aspects of their research. They also hold awards for their teaching.

Saint Louis University holds many outstanding honors and rankings

To find out more about admission and program requirements, visit our catalog program pages below.

Engineering, M.S.

Aviation, M.S.

M.S. in Engineering

The M.S. in engineering is a 30 credit hour program. It is ideal for students looking to work as professional engineers. However, there are research-intensive options for students who wish to pursue a career in academia or additional advanced degrees. The M.S. in engineering is a highly flexible program tailored to your interests. Parks College offers five different concentrations:

  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Physics

M.S. in Aviation

Master of Science in Aviation students complete an online, 30 credit hour, course-only degree option. This degree is offered online only; there are no in-person classes. Once a student has completed the majority of their coursework, they will work with their advisor to schedule their comprehensive exam.

All M.S. Programs

Once enrolled, all graduate students are expected to meet with their faculty advisers at least once each semester. Students must have their faculty advisor’s permission to enroll in new academic work in anticipation of a new academic term. This Annual Student Review must be completed in consultation with the faculty advisor and submitted to the respective program coordinator or department chair and the Office of Graduate Education & Research.

Suggested Timelines for Master of Science Students

Students enrolled in a Master of Science program through Parks College must maintain continuous enrollment. Review the academic calendar to ensure you apply for graduation on time and schedule your defense and other appointments accordingly.

Frequently
  • Meet with your adviser (minimum of once per semester, but it could be as frequently as every week if a student chooses)
Annually
  • Complete annual student review (January for new summer & fall students; May for all other students)
First semester
  • Complete proposed M.S. program of study
  • Begin coursework
During your studies
  • Complete coursework
  • Decide on research topic (thesis option only)
  • Complete master’s thesis proposal (thesis option only)
  • Begin research (thesis option only)
Last semester
  • Apply for graduation
  • Complete final M.S. program of study
  • Thesis defense (thesis option only)
  • Meet with master’s candidacy specialist (thesis option only)
  • Submit thesis to ProQuest (thesis option only)

BS-MS Accelerated Program in Engineering

Parks Engineering Juniors may apply for the BS-MS Accelerated program during their second (spring) semester. Students must have a minimum of 75 credits earned with a 3.25/4.00 CGPA when applying for the accelerated program. If accepted, students will start graduate level coursework their senior year while completing the BS requirements, and once they graduate with their BS, they will have one more year to complete their MS. Students are expected to finish both degrees in 5 years. Students may apply up to 15 credits of graduate coursework (5000 level and above) toward both their bachelor's and master's degree. Taking more than 15 credits of graduate coursework will count towards their master's degree. For more information on admission and program requirements, read the Accelerated BS-MS Engineering Info Sheet

The application period for the Accelerated BS-MS Program in Engineering is now OPEN for the 2021-2022 academic year, and you can download the BS-MS Program in Engineering application.  Applicants will work within their program on this application, first seeking approval from the tentative MS advisor before submitting the application to the Director of the School of Engineering by March 25, 2021 before they are submitted our office for final approval (room 1002 of McDonnell Douglas Hall OR via email) by April 1, 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Mispagel at parksgraduateprograms@slu.edu or stop by our office.