University of Tennessee Space Institute

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is a graduate education and research institution located in Middle Tennessee adjacent to the U. S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center. 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



UTSI was established in 1964 as part of The University of Tennessee and has become an internationally recognized institution for graduate study and research in engineering, physics, mathematics, and aviation systems and has made remarkable contributions at the local, state, national, and global levels.


In accordance with its mission, UTSI supports the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in maintaining “state of the art” expertise in both technical and managerial ranks. About 500 AEDC employees have earned graduate degrees at the Institute, including 40 doctorates. In addition, thousands have participated in the continuing education programs offered by UTSI. The faculty and students have worked on a variety of research and technology development projects with AEDC personnel. 


Our current work revolves around active programs in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, aviation systems, engineering management, and a variety of other activities. In addition, we are giving extra attention now, and in the future, to research in materials and propulsion.

We encourage you to take the time to see what UTSI has to offer. The Institute’s faculty, staff and students are making a difference for our community, state and nation. 

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Housing services

A limited amount of on-campus housing is available for summer research interns. Rooms in the dormitory, adjacent to beautiful Woods Reservoir, can be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sharing of a room with a room-mate may be required. The cost of the dorm room is not included in the stipend for the internship and must be paid out-of-pocket by the intern. 

Library services

The collections and services have adjusted over the years to reflect changes in academic and research programs and also to benefit from the newer technologies. We have approximately 25,000 bound volumes, 50,000 government and industry hard copy reports and subscribe to around 125 journals. 

ICT services

The goal is to provide:

  • a stable network/server infrastructure with capacity for growth
  • hardware (PCs, printers, etc.) that enable users to focus on the task at hand
  • a phone system that is integrated with our network
  • services and technologies that keep us connected
  • consulting that allows users to work smarter and more efficiently

Student Life

Campus life

The UT Space Institute is a vibrant research, education, and innovation center of excellence, located on a satellite campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), in Tullahoma, Tennessee, adjacent to the epicenter of US aerospace ground testing at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC).

Student clubs

  • Astronomy Club
  • Boat Club
  • Fabrication Club
  • Game Club
  • Running Club


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Students earning graduate degrees and certificates in disciplines offered by the University of Tennessee Space Institute are graduates of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which has been continuously accredited by SACSCOC since 1897 and is authorized to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. 

Tullahoma, Tennessee, United States


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