College of Engineering The University of Alabama in Huntsville

College of Engineering The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, AL
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
July 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


A space-grant university with major research programs

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a tier-one public research school renowned for its affiliation with northern Alabama's aerospace and defense industries. "US News and World Report" ranks the UAH graduate engineering program among the Best Engineering Schools, and "Forbes" includes UAH among America's Best Colleges. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is part of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program administered by NASA, and has been named one of the National Security Agency's Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense. 'Business Insider' includes UAH as a top 10 most underrated college in America

The engineering school is the largest of UAH's colleges, with five departments and a full-time graduate enrollment of about 250 students. The College of Engineering provides a small-college experience backed by the most research funding of any public university its size, underwritten by such agencies as the US military, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Energy. According to the 2015 US News and World Report, the College of Engineering at UAH is ranked among the top 50% of institutions in the United States that offer MS and PhD degrees in Engineering.

Exceptional engineering research opportunities

The university is central to Huntsville's research-intensive culture and economy. The campus itself is part of one of the nation's largest tech and research centers, Cummings Research Park, and the school's proximity to the Marshall Space Flight Center and the Redstone Arsenal provides many federal and military research opportunities.

With more than 250 collaborative research partners in aerospace, defense, biotechnology, astrophysics, and other disciplines, UAH has earned the top-level Very High Research designation from the Carnegie Foundation. The university operates 16 research centers of its own. The 14 labs and facilities that have close affiliation with the College of Engineering include:

- The Propulsion Research Center (the number three most fun lab, 'Popular Science'), which focuses on new technology for space and commercial use. The UAH Propulsions Research Center was cited by Popular Science Magazine in a special on the future of education where students do serious research.

- The Laser Diagnostic Laboratory for Hypergolic Combustion, where students and faculty members analyze rocket fuels for military use.

- The Electronics Manufacturing Systems Laboratory, an interdisciplinary lab that has, among other projects, created custom circuit boards for the army's Aviation and Missile Command.

Other College of Engineering labs are dedicated to studying physiology, optics, heat transfer, technical computing, and structural composites.

Traditional and specialty mechanical and aerospace graduate programs

Mechanical and aerospace engineering is the most sought-after field of study on the UAH campus. The department's graduate-degree offerings include the MSE and the PhD degree programs in Mechanical Engineering and MS and PhD in Aerospace Systems Engineering. Other graduate programs, tailored to meet regional aerospace and defense employer needs, are available.

Training for complex-system development and oversight

The College of Engineering's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Systems Management (ISEEM) focuses on the optimization of networks and systems of all kinds, whether they deal with data, people, materials, or energy. ISEEM offers three Master of Science in Engineering degree programs in systems engineering, industrial engineering, and engineering management. The department also offers the Master of Science in Operations Research.

ISEEM's doctoral degree programs (also available on line) are the PhD in Engineering Management, the PhD in Systems Engineering, and the PhD in Industrial Engineering.

Preparation for innovative careers in computer and electrical engineering

UAH's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) develops students' problem-solving and creative-thinking abilities within their chosen fields. ECE's MSE degree program is available with options in computer engineering, electrical engineering, and optics and photonics. Other master's degree programs include the MS in Cybersecurity and the MS in Software Engineering. The ECE department administers three PhD degree programs: the PhD in Optical Science and Engineering, the PhD in Electrical Engineering, and the PhD in Computer Engineering.

Many branches of civil and environmental engineering studies

Future environmental and civil engineers can choose among a vast array of master's and doctoral-level fields of study. MSE degrees are available in

- Environmental Engineering

- Transportation Engineering

- Geotechnical Engineering

- Structural Engineering and

- Structural Mechanics.

The department also runs a professional master's degree in civil engineering program for Alabama Department of Transportation employees who have bachelor's degrees in engineering.

Together with the University of Alabama in Birmingham, UAH offers more than two dozen doctoral-level fields of study, including environmental engineering, fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering, space-based construction, structural hazard mitigation, and water quality control.

Research-intensive chemical and materials engineering studies

The chemical and materials engineering department offers a narrow range of graduate degrees that belies the breadth of the topics covered. Students may pursue the MSE in Chemical Engineering and doctoral degree programs in chemical, mechanical, and biotechnology engineering.

Faculty member research covers such cutting-edge topics as nanoparticle catalyst fabrication, experimental fluid mechanics, gene expression bioinformatics, and biomass conversion to renewable energy. Much research is done in conjunction with the region's major chemical producers such as 3M and biotech firms like the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

High-profile graduates and an inclusive alumni association

UAH has produced many notable graduates, including Space Shuttle astronaut Jan Davis and former US Air Force Chief Scientist Werner Dahm. Other University of Alabama in Huntsville alumni have gone to work for the US Army, NASA, and major corporations including DuPont and 3M.

UAH Alumni Association membership is free to all graduates and includes access to chapter networking and social events around the country, discounts on health and home insurance, and a full suite of career development services such as resume advice and preparation for interviews.

Extensive scholarship opportunities and other financial aid

The University of Alabama in Huntsville has partnered with alumni, families of faculty members, and major corporations such as Boeing to offer several dozen departmental scholarships for engineering students. To receive priority consideration for these awards, graduate students must apply by December 1 each year. Each scholarship has its own set of competitive criteria, whether that is talent, academic accomplishment, or financial need.

UAH's graduate teaching and research assistantships can help defray the cost of tuition while providing valuable classroom and laboratory experience. Prospective graduate assistants must meet the requirements for minimum credit-hour enrollment and apply through the School of Graduate Studies.

Graduate students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville have received fellowship funding from many major research and philanthropic groups including the National Defense Industry Association, Microsoft, the American Association of University Women, and the National Science Foundation. The graduate studies staff at UAH is available to help students find fellowship opportunities.

Veterans and their families can find financial assistance options and help navigating benefits through UAH's Office of Veterans Affairs. Services include certification of courses, vocational rehabilitation enrollment help, and tuition relief through the Yellow Ribbon program and the Alabama State GI Dependents' Program.

Location & Contact

College of Engineering

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
United States

Dr. Shankar Mahalingam


Phone: 256-824-6474
Fax: 256-824-6843

Ms. Kim Gray

Graduate Studies Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 256-824-6002
Fax: 256-824-6405

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
      Master of Science in Operations Research (MSOR)
      Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 140
    • Doctoral Degrees 16
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


62% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 451
    • Accepted 281
    • Acceptance Rate 62
    • Enrolled 121
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 15th April 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 30th September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 500 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students538
    • Female Percentage20%
    • Male Percentage80%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students538
    • Part-time Percentage68%
    • Full-time Percentage32%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian83%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty64
    • Full-time Percentage94%
    • Part-time Percentage6%
    • Female Percentage12%
    • Male Percentage88%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTransport technology, biotechnology, advanced computer architecture and systems, systems and engineering process, rocket propulsion and plasma engineering
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$58,948,479




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