How to Apply

How to Apply for the NIA-GRA Program

Prospective Full-Time Students

NIA-GRA Program

Students interested in participating in the NIA-GRA Program full time must apply for acceptance at one of our university partners.  Once you have applied as a graduate student, you will need to address a cover letter to NIA, stating the following information:

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Your interest in full-time graduate study

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Name of the school(s) where you have applied

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Name of the degree program (MS or PhD) and the field of study



You will also need the follow items:

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A copy of your resume

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An original transcript, including any graduate courses taken. NIA will accept a copy of your transcript with the original going to the university.

Prospective Part-Time Students

Students looking to pursue a degree part time must apply for admission at one of our university partners. Once you have applied as a graduate student, you must contact us in order to take classes at NIA.

Have Questions?

Mary Catherine Bunde
Senior Education Administrator
✉️  mary.bunde@nianet.org

University Contacts

Georgia Institute of Technology

MS and PhD Degrees

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Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Courses
Mixture of live, two-way video and asynchronous, using video tapes or CDs delivered to student

Program Information and Enrollment Procedures
Dr. Oksana Gomas, Academic Program Manager
✉️  oksana.gomas@aerospace.gatech.edu

School of Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Jechiel (Jeff) Jagoda, Professor and Associate Chair
✉️  jeff.jagoda@aerospace.agtech.edu

School of Mechanical Engineering
Information on the web- and video-based master’s degree program
✉️  info@me.gatech.edu

Additional distance learning courses from other engineering and programs mathematics are also available from the Center for Distance Learning. Learn more about registration and schedules.

Hampton University

MS and PhD Degrees

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Physics

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Atmospheric Sciences


Courses
The majority of courses are taken on the campus of Hampton University. Occasionally, courses are taught live at NIA.

Program Information and Enrollment Procedures
Dr. Robert Loughman, Chairperson and Associate Professor, School of Science
✉️  robert.loughman@hamptonu.edu

Hampton University offers a separate focused program in atmospheric sciences through NIA. Students can pursue either a master’s or doctoral degree with thesis or dissertation research conducted at NASA Langley Research Center in collaboration with a NASA mentor.

All courses and faculty advising are provided on campus at Hampton University. A limited number of graduate research assistantships are available for tuition, stipend and travel. Students interested should apply directly to Hampton University, and state in a cover letter their interest in the atmospheric sciences program through NIA.

North Carolina A&T State University

MS and PhD Degrees

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Mechanical and Electrical Engineering


Program Information and Enrollment Procedures
Dr. Leonard Uitenham, Professor
✉️  u10ham@ncat.edu

Additional information about distance learning programs are available on their website.

North Carolina State University

MS and PhD Degrees

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Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Courses
Mixture of live, two-way video and asynchronous, using web-accessible streaming media or CDs delivered to student

Program Information and Enrollment Procedures
Dr. Linda Krute
✉️  linda_krute@ncsu.edu

Dr. Paul Ro, Professor
✉️  ro@eos.ncsu.edu

General information, program details and applications are available online.

Old Dominion University

MS and PhD Degrees

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Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical or Computer Engineering

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Engineering Management

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Systems Engineering

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Modeling and Simulation

Courses

The majority of courses are transmitted from ODU via live, two-way digital video-conferencing technology. Courses are also available at NIA Headquarters or nearby at ODU’s Peninsula Higher Education Center.

Program Information and Enrollment Procedures

Dr. Colin Britcher, Associate Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

✉️  britcher@aero.odu.edu

Applications are available online. To ensure your application is handled properly, please indicate your relationship with NIA in the first line of your Research Goals essay.

University of Maryland

MS and PhD Degrees

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Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)


Courses
Primarily live, two-way video and may be taken at NIA Headquarters

Program Information and Enrollment Procedures
Henry Patrick Gittens, Assistant Registrar
✉️  hgittens@umd.edu

Dr. William Fourney, Keystone Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering
✉️  four@eng.umd.edu

Applications are available online. To ensure your application is handled properly, please indicate your relationship with NIA in the first line of your Research Goals essay.

University of Virginia

MS and PhD Degrees

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Electrical Engineering

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Engineering Physics

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Material Science and Engineering

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Engineering Physics

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Systems and Information Engineering


Courses 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.

Program Information
Jennifer Mauller, Academics and Administrative Coordinator
✉️  jab3z@virginia.edu

Professor James Groves, Associate Professor
✉️  jgroves@virginia.edu

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

MS and PhD Degrees

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Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

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Engineering Mechanics

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Material Science and Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering


Courses
Primarily live, two-way video delivered to (or originate from) NIA Headquarters.

Program Information
Natasha Watts, Assistant Director of On-Line Learning
✉️  natashaw@vt.edu

Dr. Glenda Scales, Associate Dean for Global Engagement and Chief Technology Officer
✉️  gscales@vt.edu

Admission information and application procedures are available online.

Additional MS degrees are available through the Virginia Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program at the Peninsula Graduate Center.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Industrial and Electrical Engineering

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

William & Mary

MS and PhD Degrees

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Applied Science


Courses
All courses are taken on the campus of William & Mary. No courses are taught at NIA.

Program Information and Enrollment Procedures
Dr. Mark Hinders, Professor, Applied Sciences
✉️ hinders@wm.edu