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Colin Britcher, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Education

Mary Catherine Bunde, M.Ed.
Senior Education Administrator

Degree Programs

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M.S. and Ph.D. Programs

Key features of the National Institute of Aerospace Graduate Education Program include:

  • M.S. and Ph.D. degrees available from each of the nine member universities
  • All residency requirements fulfilled in Hampton, Virginia
  • Collaborative credit sharing, with up to 50% of courses available from member schools
  • On-site faculty presence including distinguished professors in residence and Liaison Professors from each university
  • Large suite of courses available through local instruction and advanced distance learning
  • Thesis and Dissertation research at NASA LaRC under the co-direction of a NASA Mentor and a faculty advisor

Degree Programs Available

Georgia Tech: M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Hampton University: M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics, Atmospheric Sciences

North Carolina A&T: M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State: M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Old Dominion University: M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Engineering Management, Systems Engineering or Modeling and Simulation

University of Maryland: M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Meteorology

University of Virginia: M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Systems and Information Engineering

Virginia Tech: M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Material Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering – Center for Aerospace Acoustics

College of William & Mary: M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Science

Full-time Graduate Study

For those students interested in full-time graduate study, NIA has created the Graduate Research Assistantship Program (GRA). Students are provided the opportunity to be supervised by eminent professors and work side by side with NASA Langley researchers on tomorrow’s most pressing problems. Students accepted to this program have the opportunity to participate in leading-edge research programs and take unique graduate courses that are not available at any single university. Students will enroll at one of our member universities and ultimately receive their degree from that university while taking courses at NIA both on-site and via distance learning and conducting their research at NASA Langley Research Center or the new NIA/Virginia Tech research facility. NIA students may take up to 50% of their courses from other member universities.

Acceptance into the NIA GRA program is selective and highly competitive. Students admitted will receive full tuition along with a stipend of $22,000 – $26,000 per year, $1,500 travel allotment, and health insurance.

NIA GRAs are expected to work full time on their research topics and devote at least 20 hours per week while taking courses. Majority of the research work is conducted on-site at LaRC or at NIA and therefore students are encouraged to stay locally.

For further informationon about the NIA GRA program, please contact Mary Catherine Bunde, Senior Education Administrator: (757) 325-6731 or

Part-time Graduate Study

The full suite of NIA course offerings from our nine consortium universities is available to part-time students on a degree or non-degree basis. Students pursuing a part-time degree must first apply for admission at one of our member universities.

For further information regarding the NIA Part-Time Graduate program, contact Mary Catherine Bunde, Senior Education Administrator: (757) 325-6731 or

Applying to the NIA Graduate Program

For instructions on how to apply to the NIA Graduate Program, please visit the How to Apply page.



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