Program Overview

Master of Engineering

The Master's program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits.  Students wishing to enroll in the Space Systems program must have an undergraduate degree in an engineering or science discipline.  The program has six core courses.

  • SYS 625: Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
  • SYS 650: System Architecture and Design
  • SYS 632: Designing Space Missions and Systems OR SYS 635: Human Spaceflight
  • SYS 633: Mission and Systems Design Verification and Validation OR SYS 605 Systems Integration
  • EM 612: Project Management of Complex Systems
  • SYS 800: Master's Project

Students then must choose a total of four courses from the two concentrations listed below:

Space Concentration Electives

  • SYS 635: Human Spaceflight
  • SYS 636: Space Launch and Transportation Systems
  • SYS 637: Cost-Effective Space Mission Operations
  • SYS 638: Crew Exploration and Vechicle Design Exercise

Systems Concentration Electives

  • SYS 611: Modeling and Simulation
  • SYS 645: Design for System Reliability, Maintainability and Supportability
  • SYS 660: Decision and Risk Analysis
  • SYS 635: Human Spaceflight

Graduate Certificates

Required courses for this 4-course, 12-credit Graduate Certificate include:

  • SYS 625 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
  • SYS 650 System Architecture and Design
  • SYS 632 Designing Space Missions and Systems OR SYS 635 Human Spaceflight
  • SYS 633 Mission and Systems Design Verification and Validation OR SYS 605 Systems Integration

The Graduate Certificate in Space Systems Engineering integrates crucial activities spanning the entire life cycle. Information and capabilities are learned by participants in hands-on-space system and mission design assignments focusing on: operations, concept development, space system architecture, verification and validation, as well as key system engineering processes and tools. These four courses provide the backbone for the development of space systems engineers. 

* Credits earned in the Graduate Certificate program can be applied towards a Master's in Space Systems Engineering or a Master's in Systems Engineering.

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