Aeroacoustics Graduate Program

Aeroacoustics refers to the study of noise generated by turbulent fluid motion and by aerodynamic forces interacting with surfaces.  The Aeroacoustics Graduate Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. options, prepares a student with the advanced technical knowledge and communication skills necessary for pursuing a career in industry, engineering research and development, or public/government service. Students entering the program can come from a variety of engineering and non-engineering backgrounds; however, the successful applicant will have a strong background in engineering, physics, mathematics or a related field.  Courses in the Aeroacoustics curriculum are taught by professors across a range of scientific disciplines including Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science.


Letter to Interested Student from the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Nathan Murray


Degree Requirements

Master of Science Program

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available to receive the M.S. in Engineering Science with an emphasis in Aeroacoustics.  Both options require as a minimum 30 semester hours of graduate credit (to include 6 hours of math-related courses) in which the student’s adviser must approve all course selections.  Under the thesis option, the minimum of 30 graduate credits shall consist of 24 hours of graded course work and 6 thesis hours.  The non-thesis option requires as a minimum 30 hours of graded course work.  Regardless of the option, each candidate must pass a final oral examination.


Suggested Curriculum for M.S. Program

The following table outlines a suggested curriculum for completing the M.S. Program with an emphasis in Aeroacoustics using the thesis option. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of Aeroacoustics, the curriculum may be adjusted to fit the student’s needs.  However, the student is encouraged to complete most of these core Aeroacoustics courses.




The Doctor of Philosophy Program

The Ph.D. in Engineering Science with an emphasis in Aeroacoustics requires as a minimum 66 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the baccalaureate degree.  The student’s adviser must approve all course selections.  A preliminary written examination is required upon completion of the Master of Science requirements (either thesis or non-thesis option) and must be passed successfully for the student to become a doctoral candidate.  A comprehensive examination must be passed at the end of the candidates course work prior to entering the dissertation process.  The comprehensive exam has both written and oral components, and the oral part of the exam can only be taken after the written part has been passed. Following the comprehensive exam, the candidate is expected to complete a prospectus and produce and successfully defend a dissertation.


Suggested Curriculum for Ph.D. Program

The following table outlines a suggested curriculum for completing the Ph.D. Program. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of Aeroacoustics and the diversity of the potential research topics, the curriculum may be adjusted to fit the student’s needs.  For example, a student interested in computational aeroacoustics would be encouraged to take courses in computer science and computational modeling.  In contrast, a student interested in aero-optics would supplement the turbulence courses with optics.




Related Links

  1. Apply to Graduate Program: Deadlines -- Fall Applications due April 1 -- Spring Applications due October 1

  2. The University of Mississippi Graduate School Website

  3. Financial Aid




 

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