Moscow Aviation Institute

MAI Structure

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University) is one of the most popular universities in the field of aerospace training and in other high-tech industries.
MAI consists of 7 faculties:

  • Aviation Equipment Faculty
  • Radio Electronics of Aircraft Faculty
  • Robotic and Intelligent Systems Faculty
  • Information Technology and Applied Mathematics Faculty
  • General Engineering Training Faculty
  • Foreign Languages Faculty
  • Pre-university Training Faculty

MAI consists of 8 institutes:

  • Institute of Aviation, Rocket Engines and Power Plants
  • Institute of Control Systems, Informatics and Power Engineering
  • Aerospace Institute
  • Institute of Materials Science and Materials Technology
  • Institute of Aerospace Science-intensive Technologies and Production
  • Institute of Engineering Economics and Humanities
  • Military Institute of MAI
  • Institute of Additional Professional Education

Currently, training on the following programmes is conducted in English Medium at MAI, in particular:
Bachelor’s programmes:

  • Aircraft Engineering
  • Propulsion Engineering
  • Spacecraft Engineering
  • Control Systems and Computer Science in Engineering

Master’s programmes:

  • Aircraft Engineering
  • Propulsion Engineering
  • Spacecraft Engineering
  • Control Systems and Computer Science in Engineering

Starting 2016 academic year MAI has also launched two-year Master’s degree programs in English Medium for the following majors: Aerospace Engineering, Jet Engine Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. Training on all the rest programs is carried out in Russian.
Pre-university training programme includes courses of Russian, physics, math, basic technical disciplines and terminology. The successful completion of Pre-university Training Faculty offers scope for studying in Russian medium programs that are operating in MAI.
Postgraduate programmes:

  • Mathematics and Mechanics
  • Information Technologies and Computing
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Radionics and Telecommunication Systems
  • Photonics, Instrument Engineering
  • Optical and Biotechnical Systems and Technologies
  • Electric and Thermal Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Aviation and Aerospace Technology
  • Economics

Postgraduate programs are available only in Russian. Russian language proficiency must be at least B2. In case a student’s Russian level is insufficient, he can take a preparatory course of Russian.


A need for a fundamentally new type of engineers to work in the new sectors of aviation science and technology arose in Russia in the early 20th century. An outstanding Russian scientist, the founder of aero-hydrodynamics, Professor Nikolai Zhukovsky, initiated the foundation of scientific and educational centres to conduct necessary research and training of scientists and engineers for the industry development. Under the patronage of his follower an outstanding scientist and teacher Boris Yuriev, Aeromechanical Department was founded at the Mechanical faculty of MVTU (Moscow Higher Technical School). It was converted into Aeromechanical Faculty in 1929.

On the 20th of March 1930 it was decided to split MVTU into five specialized engineering schools, among which there also was Higher Aeromechanical School (VAMU). In spring of 1930 the first cohort of students was enrolled into the school.

By 1940 MAI evolved as a leading scientific and educational centre specialized in training of broad specialists in aviation science and industry. MAI consisted of 5 faculties, 38 departments, 22 laboratories, 24 classrooms, training workshops and a flight training unit.

The postwar period of MAI development is associated with revolutionary changes in aviation technology. In accordance with the new requirements a number of new departments and faculties was established in the institute.
In the 80s MAI team was consistently solving the task of converting MAI into a technical university.

In 2009 MAI became one of 12 Russian universities, winners of the competitive selection of university development programs that were granted the category of National Research University by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Today, Moscow Aviation Institute is one of the world-leading engineering universities dedicated to aerospace technologies. It is the only Russian university with Developer Certificate of Aviation Equipment and top-5 in Russia in Research and Advanced Development.


The strong academic staff comprises 1800 professors, including 19 Academicians and Associate Members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, over 400 Doctors of Engineering Science and Professors, over 1000 Candidates of Science and Associate Professors who teach more than 20000 students at 11 schools and 4 branches of the University. MAI is a major innovation centre with the newest and unique equipment which carries out advanced researches in prospective areas determining the development of high-tech industries: Aviation Systems, Space Rocket Systems, New Materials and Production Technologies, Energy Systems, Information Technologies, Resource Allocation Process of Aerospace Technologies.

Innovative research projects are done with the use of the following technologies: product lifecycle management, IT and engineering control systems, aerospace engineering, big data, mathematical simulation, machine intelligence, composite structure manufacture, robotics and sensing technologies.

Students are involved in the key research activities throughout their studies. Thus, MAI provides experience and develops students’ skills for future employment.

MAI is constantly in touch with industry and takes part in all major projects of its partners. The University collaborates with Russian and foreign corporations and organizations such as the United Aircraft Corporation, the state corporations “Roscosmos” and “Rostec”, COMAC, Safran, ENAC, BrahMos Aerospace, HAL, and others. Students, workers and partners are involved in start-ups carried out in MAI. The start-up projects can be implemented due to Business Incubator, the Novice Entrepreneur Center and Technopark.


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, and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of Korea, and others), India, China, Egypt, Mexico, Brazil, and Angola.

Among foreign students and postgraduates of MAI there are citizens of the countries of South-East Asia, Syria, Iran, America, Canada, almost all European countries. MAI is annually visited by the representatives of nearly 90 international organizations. Up to 130 teachers, students, and employees of MAI travel abroad.

During this period MAI has implemented more than 50 international agreements with partners from France, China, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Iran, Syria and other countries.


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. Issues with settlement of international students are solved at the International Department.

Why study at Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University)

  • MAI is the leading Russian technical university since 1930.
  • Contemporary study and research in MAI are focused on development of high-tech industry and economics of the future.
  • Practice-oriented education: academic theory combined with practical experience.
  • Aerospace progress of the 20th century refers to the activity of MAI graduates.

MAI is a platform for your brilliant career in the high-tech industry.


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General Medicine courses:
Tuition fee:
English medium
Russian medium
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Russian medium tuition fee:
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