Four Year Universities

There are 6 four year public universities in the state of Washington, each with degree options relevant to a career in the aerospace industry.  Below is information highlighting some of the educational programs in aerospace related fields offered at these universities throughout the state.  For more information regarding these programs, please click on the program title to be taken to its homepage or contact the universities directly.

Central Washington University

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Central Washington University (CWU) Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical  Engineering Technology offers students the opportunity to concentrate on Manufacturing  or Manufacturing Technology. Students graduating from this program can persue a professional engineerin ( P.E.) license.


Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University offers 4 ABET accredited degrees (BS Computer Science, BS Electrical Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering, and BS Mechanical Engineering Technology) and two regionally accredited Technology degrees at the Cheney, WA campus. During the 2020-21 academic year the CS and EE degree programs will move to a new building in downtown Spokane, WA while the ME, MET, and Technology programs will remain on the Cheney campus. All six programs provide a hands-on learning experience in addition to a solid fundamental foundation to prepare students for industry. Areas of specialization related to aerospace are: 

  • CS: Aeronautical Systems Programming, Cybersecurity
  • EE: Embedded Systems, Communications and Signal Processing
  • ME/MET: Materials and Computational Mechanics, Robotics and Automation, HVAC
  • TECH: Manufacturing Technology, Construction Management Technology




University of Washington

Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

The Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is a multidisciplinary professional graduate degree for recent graduates as well as working professionals. The MAE emphasizes the applied skills and experience needed in industry and differs from the Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA), which emphasizes preparation for independent, academic research.

The MAE is a terminal degree (does not lead to a PhD). This degree is meant to be completed part-time in three years. Courses meet in the evening, once per week, with all students having flexibility to attend classes on campus or via distance learning (online).

Length of Program: 3 YEARS (PART-TIME)


Washington State University

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (BSMSE)

The mission of the materials science and engineering program is to provide excellence in education, research, and service in the field of materials science and engineering through educational programs that graduate students with strong backgrounds in scientific and engineering problem-solving methods. Materials science and engineering is the application of methods and principles of the pure sciences to study engineering materials.

Length of Program: 4 years

Keywords: Metals, Metallurgy, Polymers, Ceramics, Electronic Materials, Biomaterials, Composites

Western Washington University

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (MFGE)

Within a typical manufacturing organization, there are multitudes of machines performing many different functions on, perhaps, hundreds or thousands of different parts. Whether the finished product is an athletic shoe or a jet airplane, the logical set of events that must take place to produce that product must be planned and conceived in advance. The location of each machine, the movement of a part or machine tool and the order of operations - even the machines themselves - must be planned in detail. Day-to-day production problems must be solved.

A manufacturing engineer will help to solve the complex problems associated with manufacturing operations. Manufacturing engineers work in teams with engineers, scientists and technicians to solve manufacturing related problems. The Manufacturing Engineering program has a very application and "hands-on" oriented focus. There are laboratory components to most engineering courses where students learn to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve practical or applications-based problems.

Length of Program: 4 years

Keywords: Metals, Metallurgy, Polymers, Ceramics, Composites

Bachelor of Science in Plastics and Composites Engineering (PCE)

The Plastics and Composites Engineering program prepares students for productive, professional careers in the plastics industry. The technical curriculum is built upon a firm base of mathematics, physics, chemistry and materials technology, and provides extensive coverage of polymeric materials and processing methods. Practical experience in design, control analysis, processing, testing and production is a crucial part of the curriculum that is provided in the programs extensive and well-equipped laboratory facilities.

Length of Program: 4 years

Keywords: Polymers, Ceramics, Composites