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Colin Britcher, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Education

Mary Catherine Bunde, M.Ed.
Senior Education Administrator

How to Apply

University Application Procedure

Prospective graduate students should choose a program of study from one of our member universities listed below. For the NIA-GRA application procedure, see NIA-GRA Program Application Procedure below or contact Mary Catherine Bunde, Education and Outreach Administrator, at 757-325-6731 or

  • Georgia Tech
    Georgia Tech is offering graduate degrees from the School of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering at NIA. The courses are a mixture of live, two-way video and asynchronous, using video tape or CDs delivered to the student. For information about Aerospace Engineering, contact Prof. Jeff Jagoda at or (404) 894-3060. In Mechanical Engineering, there is a web-based and video-based Masters degree program. For information, go to or call (800) 543-2034. . Additional distance learning courses from other engineering programs as well as mathematics are available from the Center for Distance Learning, . Details about registration and class schedules are found at All Distance Learning courses are designated with a “Q” section identifier.
  • North Carolina A&T State University
    NC A&T State University offers both  M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at NIA. Contact Dr. Leonard Uitenham at, (336) 334-7621, for information about the program from NC A&T and for enrollment procedures. Additional details regarding the distance learning programs are available on their web site, “”  
  • North Carolina State University
    NC State is offering courses at NIA via distance learning leading to graduate degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. The courses are a mixture of live, two-way video and asynchronous, using web-accessible streaming media or CDs delivered to the student. General on-line information is available at and an on-line application is available at, with departmental information on Additional information about the NC State programs at NIA is available from Prof. Robert Nagel at, (919) 515-5283 or Dr. Linda Krute at, (919) 515-5440. 
  • University of Maryland
    The University of Maryland is currently offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees through NIA in Aerospace Engineering (ENAE). The courses are primarily live, two-way video and may be taken at NIA Headquarters. Contact Erika Aparaka at and (301) 405-2376, or Prof. William Fourney at and (301) 405-1129, for information about the program from Maryland and for application procedures. An online application is available at Please indicate your relationship to NIA in the first line of your first essay (Research Goals) so that your application can be handled properly. 
  • University of Virginia
    The University of Virginia offers both  M.S. and Ph.D. programs at NIA in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Systems and Information Engineering. Several courses are taught on-site by resident faculty. The majority of courses are transmitted from UVA via live, two-way digital video-conferencing technology. UVA courses are available at NIA headquarters or nearby at ODU’s Peninsula Higher Education Center. Information on courses can be found at For information about the University of Virginia programs, contact Rita Kostoff at, (434) 924-4051 or Prof. James Groves at, (434) 924-6261. 
  • Virginia Tech
    Virginia Tech offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs at NIA in: Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The courses are primarily live, two-way video delivered to (or originate from) NIA Headquarters. In addition M.S. degree programs will be available in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Electrical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering through the Virginia CGEP program and are available at the Peninsula Graduate Center. An online application procedure is available at Information about the Virginia Tech programs at the NIA is available from Lisa Burns at, (540) 231-9171 or Dr. Glenda Scales at (540) 231-9754.

Full-time NIA-GRA Program Application Procedure

Prospective full-time NIA graduate students should choose a program of study from one of the participating universities. For help with the application process, please contact Mary Catherine Bunde, NIA Education and Outreach Administrator, at  or (757) 325-6731. Students interested in applying for the NIA-GRA Program must apply for acceptance as a graduate student at one of the member universities. Then, in a cover letter addressed to NIA, state that you are interested in full-time graduate study, name the school(s) where you have applied, the degree program (M.S. or Ph.D.) and the degree field. Describe your research interests and specific topics that you are interested in pursuing. Include a copy of your resume and transcript, including any graduate courses taken. NIA will accept a copy of your transcript, with the original going to the university.

Hampton University offers a separate focused program in atmospheric sciences through NIA. In this program, students can pursue either a masters or doctoral degree in atmospheric sciences, with thesis or dissertation research conducted at LaRC in collaboration with a NASA mentor. All courses and faculty advising are provided on campus at nearby Hampton University. A limited number of graduate research assistantships are available for tuition, stipend and travel. Students interested in NIA’s focused atmospheric sciences program should apply directly to Hampton University, and state in a cover letter their interest in the atmospheric sciences program through NIA. Please contact Mary Catherine Bunde, NIA Education and Outreach Administrator, at  or (757) 325-6731 for more information. 

Part-time NIA-GRA Program Application Procedure

Students pursuing a degree part-time must apply for admission at one of our member universities and must contact NIA in order to take classes on site at NIA.  Contact Rita Aguillard (757) 325-6952 or for help in the application and registration processes.



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