Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) was founded in 1930 when institutions which specialized in aviation became advanced enough to join into one aircraft engineering education center. More than 130,000 students including 1,000 international students from 40 countries have graduated from MAI after its foundation in 1930. During the early 1930’s, MAI amounted to only 290 students in 2 schools. But now at the beginning of the twenty first century, our university of aerospace technologies consists of more than 2,300 professors and lecturers including both 450 full-professors (DSc) and 1100 associate professors (PhD) who teach more than 20,000 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students at 10 schools, 3 institutes, and 4 branches of the University.

The university comprises of, including alumni, about 100 general and chief designers, 43 members and associate members of the Russian academy of science, 250 State and Government Prize laureates, and 20 cosmonauts who spent a total of 12 years in outer space.

The present-day MAI is a unique institute of higher education where a thorough theoretical knowledge combines with various practical skills. More than 120 laboratories, 3 student design offices, numerous computer centers, an experimental-design factory, and an aerodrome are available for our students. In 1993 Moscow Aviation Institute was given one more name: “State Technological University”.

Currently, MAI is the only university in Russia which provides highly qualified personnel for the entire aerospace product life cycle from system design to implementation of the cutting edge technologies in production, testing, utilisation, and aircraft recycling.

The present-day MAI is a unique institute of higher education where thorough theoretical knowledge are combined with various practical skills. More than 120 laboratories, 3 student design offices, 3 specialized resource centers, an experimental-design factory, and an aerodrome are available for the students.

Moscow Aviation Institute is a large scientific research center. Significant scientific ideas are developed here; new technological principles are discovered; new devices are invented and constructed. Five fundamental scientific discoveries for dynamic systems have been patented; the opto-electronic device “Photon” designed here is now operating in outer space; innovative power sources based on new principles invented and constructed here are currently used in aircraft and aerospace system units, etc.

In October 2009, the MAI was ranked among the 12 best universities of the Russian Federation. The rank of a “National research university” was conferred to the institute by decision of the Russian Government.

Key features


MAI provides training throughout the lifecycle of high-technology products from the system design to the implementation of separate proceedings.

Worldwide recognition

MAI’s mission is to create a background of world’s top-level engineering manpower through forward-looking research at all stages of aviation, rocket and space technology. MAI is engaged in all major partnership projects; it also cooperates with leading Russian and foreign industry-based corporations such as COMAC, ENAC, Safran, BrahMos Aerospace, HAL, PJSC “United Aircraft Corporation”, Roscosmos, Rostec and others. The high-tech projects in MAI are fulfilled with the help of advanced technologies in the following areas:

      • Mathematical Simulation;
      • Lifecycle Products Management;
      • Composite Structures Manufacturing;
      • Integrated Avionics;
      • Engineering Systems Electrification.

MAI is one of the most popular universities in the field of aerospace training and in other high-tech industries. The University has its focus on the development of areas such as Aircraft, Space and Energy systems, IT, new materials and production technologies, the multifaceted use of aerospace and digital technologies.

Stellar performance

Since the foundation of MAI, more than 175,000 professionals have graduated. More than 70% of MAI graduates work for industry-based corporations. MAI holds the record among universities in the number of graduates who have become space and test pilots. There are 23 pilot-cosmonauts who spent more than 15 years performing space missions. 65 spacewalks were carried out. Many MAI graduates are currently working as cosmonauts.

The personnel includes:
      • – Chief designers, heads of main industry-based organizations: 250+
      • – Cosmonauts: 23
      • – Honored test pilots, Heroes of Russia: 150+
      • – Honored state figures and heads of economic institution, ambassadors, business top-level representatives: 150+
      • – Academicians and associate members of the USSR Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Sciences: 50+
      • – Rectors of higher educational institutions: 17

Additionally, a large number of the world’s modern aviation and aerospace technology was created under the guidance of MAI graduates.


International Rankings

In 2016 MAI adopted a new development strategy, hugely intensifying our presence on a global market. Since then we’ve been developing new programs, connections, inclusive infrastructure and following top trends of higher education market.

As a result, in 2019 MAI takes part in most prestigious international and regional university rankings:
      • MAI has been selected among the top 400 universities in the world, and among the Russian universities listed in the top 25 in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019.
      • MAI was included in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 edition into the list of top-20 Russian Universities;
      • MAI entered the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Engineering & Technology, being ranked Top-15 in Russia.
      • Since the establishment of both rankings MAI has been included in QS BRICS University Rankings and QS EECA University Rankings, now being listed among top-30 Russian Universities.

National Rankings

On the way to Russian University elite group, in 2019, MAI has recently established a strong position in most comprehensive national academic rankings:

      • RAEX Ranking Agency: MAI entered Top 25 in National Universities Rankings; was awarded a diploma in the nomination Development of International Integration; took the 15th place in the nomination “The Relevance of Graduates by Employers”.
      • In inventive activity rankings from Expert Analytical Center MAI has taken 3rd position.
      • In Expert Analytical Center subject Rankings MAI hold the 25th position on 4 subjects: IT, Engineering, Mathematics and Materials Science.
      • MAI is in the list of Top 10 Russian Universities by Forbes elite factor.
      • According to popular headhunting portal Superjob MAI has got into the list of Top 10 Russian technical Universities by alumni employability.

Engineering Education Principles

        Educational processes in MAI include:

      • – training combined with research programs with help of advanced equipment;
      • – implementation of advanced educational methods, including the use of e-learning technologies, etc;
      • – the use of everlasting design principle for all aircraft systems and space technology.
      • Students are engaged in research projects for Russian and foreign industries, which help students to see their prospects in these organizations. At the same time, employers estimate the abilities of their future professionals. MAI operates in accordance with the system of educational standards.

Continuing education on the basis of MAI:

      • – MBA;
      • – Advanced professional training;
      • – Master’s Degree Programs;
      • – Bachelor’s Degree Programs.
      • Target training and lecturing staff retraining are carried out in MAI. Workers and postgraduates also have traineeships and advanced professional training on the basis of the world’s leading research and educational organizations and industry-based companies.

International activity

Foreign students from 10 CIS countries and 47 foreign countries study in MAI. The university has contracts with the countries of South East Asia (Malaysia, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of Korea, and others), India, China, Egypt, Mexico, Brazil, Angola etc.

More than 17 000 foreign students have graduated. More than 80 cooperation contracts were signed. MAI is a partner of major international associations such as the CDIO, ASRTU, Pegasus, ICAS, IAF.

Priority areas are:

      • Aviation systems
      • Space and Rocket systems
      • Power systems
      • IT
      • New materials and manufacturing technologies
      • Diversification of aerospace complex technology application

Research and Priority Development Technologies

        The university has common use centres, resource centres, design bureaus, an airfield and other units. Start-up programs are conducted at the Novice Entrepreneur Center and in Business Development Center. MAI is the base for major international scientific and technical conferences and events that reflect the development of the university as an important educational organization aerospace complex. Some of them are:

      • International Week of Aerospace Technology “Aerospace Science Week”;
      • International Conference “Aviation and Cosmonautics”;
      • Interdisciplinary Youth Competition of Scientific and Technical Works and Projects “Youth and the Future of Aviation and Cosmonautics”;
      • International Forum of Leading Aerospace Universities;
      • The International Youth Scientific Conference “Gagarin Readings” and others.


Bachelor’s Degree Programs

      • Aircraft Engineering
      • Spacecraft Engineering
      • Spacecraft Engineering
      • Propulsion Engineering

Master’s Degree Programs

      • Aircraft Engineering
      • Spacecraft Engineering
      • Spacecraft Engineering
      • Spacecraft Engineering


      • Mathematics and Mechanics
      • Mechanics of deformable solids
      • Dynamics and strength of machines, devices and equipment
      • Information Technologies and Computing
      • Engineering geometry and computer graphics
      • Elements and devices of computing technologies and control systems
      • Computer and information Sciences
      • Mathematical modeling, numerical methods and program system
      • System analysis, management and information processing
      • Radionics and telecommunication systems
      • Radio positioning and radio navigation
      • Aerials, OHF devices and technologies
      • Photonics, instrument engineering, optical and biotechnical systems and technologies
      • Navigation Devices
      • Instrument production Technology
      • Technology and equipment for manufacture of semiconductor materials and devices of electronic equipment
      • Electric and Thermal engineering
      • Electrotechnical complexes and systems
      • Design, construction and manufacturing of aircraft
      • Physics and astronomy
      • Durability and thermal modes of vehicles
      • Economics
      • Economy and management of national economy

Pre-university Programs

Pre-University Foundation Program (in Russian medium)

The structure of the program

      • Russian language — 880 hours
      • Mathematics & Physics — 140 hours
      • Total hours per academic year — 1020 hours

Pre-University Foundation Program (in English medium)

The structure of the program

      • Mathematics — 240 hours
      • Physics — 200 hours
      • IT — 140 hours
      • Russian language — 180 hours
      • English language (technical) — 150 hours
      • Technical Drawing — 110 hours
      • Total hours — 1020 hours

Intensive Russian Language Classes

The structure of the program

      • Russian language — 720 hours
      • Final assessment — exam


        The campus of the Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University) is a unique city infrastructure. There are classrooms and buildings for educational purposes, scientific research centres, numerous laboratories and resource centres for advanced technologies, scientific and technical library, health centre, recreational and educational centres. MAI campus includes 9 dormitories.

      • Dormitories: 9
      • Sites: 7000+
      • Sports complexes: 8
      • Sport sections: 50
      • Canteeens and cafes: 23
      • There is also a gym, laundry, grounds for parachute jumping and competitions, stadium, sport and health camp “Yaropolets Suvorovo” in Moscow region, sanatorium-preventorium, kindergarten and palace of culture.


Moscow is the capital of Russia, its political, economic and cultural center. It was founded eight centuries ago by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky. Precisely, historians have concluded that the city was founded in the year of 1147. Gradually, Moscow became bigger and more widespread.
Now Moscow is one of the largest cities in Europe. Its total area is about 900 square km., and the population of the city is over 8 million people. Moscow is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it has a lot of points of interest to visit. The heart of Moscow is Red Square. The Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral are masterpieces of ancient Russian architecture. Not to mention, Moscow is a city of students, and there are over 80 higher educational institutions, including several universities.


MAI campus includes 9 dormitory buildings with a total number of 7020 beds. The area of the dormitories is 79,541 sq. m. The dormitory buildings are equipped with laundry rooms, cooking facilities, bicycle storage rooms, etc. offering a comfort stay for students. Wi-Fi internet access is free.

Bilateral dormitory agreements and additional services agreements are concluded between the students living in the dormitory and MAI Campus. Student self-government and student public organizations assist the work of Campus. Issues with settlement of international students are solved at the International Department. Provision of dormitory accommodation at MAI campus is carried out in accordance with the “Regulations on MAI Campus”, approved by the Order of the rector from March 25, 2015 No. 138.

Undergraduate Education (Bachelor)
Tuition fee, English medium 1st year: 8000 USD; 2-4th years: 7000 USD per year
Tuition fee, Russian medium 1-4th years: 6000 USD per year
Postgraduate Education (Master)
Tuition fee, English medium 1st year: 8000 USD; 2nd year: 7000 USD
Tuition fee, Russian medium 1-2nd year: 6000 USD per year
Postgraduate Education (PhD)
Tuition fee 1-3rd years: 3000 USD per year
Preparatory Department fee (English) 5000 USD
Preparatory Department fee (Russian) 4500 USD
Accommodation / Hostel fee 1000 USD per year


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