In today’s environment, complex aerospace systems are commonly integrated with a variety of other data-based information systems (GPS, satellite communications, satellite TV), transportation, freight, and service systems. Modern aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and launch systems all are expected to operate flawlessly (or gracefully degrade when failing) to provide exceptional user service levels. In addition to flawless operation, buyers, operators, and users expect that aerospace products demonstrate high reliability, long life, low cost, and ease of use. From satellite television to GPS-driven aids in transportation and communication, real-time globally interdependent aerospace systems are the norm. An understanding of the resulting “system of systems” is necessary to adequately tailor and engineer products for a particular use.  There is a growing demand for experts that are able to take the system-of-systems approach to the design of aerospace systems.

According to the Job Outlook on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website, the demand for aerospace systems engineers is expected to continue to increase over the next 10 years. There is also growth in new corporate ventures whose business is to design, develop and implement systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. The BLS further indicates that companies need employees who have the knowledge and background to improve safety, efficiency, and environmental soundness of aircraft systems. Graduates from the M.Eng. in Aerospace Systems Engineering will have a strong competitive advantage compared to those with only a Bachelor of Science degree.

When you are ready to start looking for a position in your field, the Office of Engineering Career Services offers resources to help you develop your resume and cover letter, network with top companies, and find positions for your unique skill set.  Make an appointment through Handshake with a Career Services advisor dedicated to Aerospace Engineering or visit Engineering Career Services at 3300 Digital Computer Lab (DCL), to learn more.

Contact: email – or phone – 217-333-1960

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Handshake @ Illinois is where you’ll find the campus-wide online job board, and it’s how employers communicate with students about jobs, internships, events, and company info sessions.

Visit Engineering Career Services for resources to help you prepare for various career fairs.

Industry Partners interested in hiring one of our professionally-oriented master’s students who is getting ready to graduate can contact our Office of Engineering Career Services to learn the steps to recruit our students.

Program Highlights


Earn a Professional Master’s Degree (non-thesis) in 1 year or 3 semesters.

32 credit hour program – see curriculum for more information.

Customize your degree with a wide array of courses and professional development opportunities.

Prepare for leadership in your career by applying breadth and depth of knowledge in this area.

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