Master of Space Systems Engineering

Engineer the future of space exploration

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Online classes
2–3 years
Average time to completion
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Courses required for
Master’s degree
No GRE Required

Design spacecraft and systems to explore the universe

Delve deep into the aerospace industry through engaging discussions and relevant coursework that explores mission formulation, concept development, mission and space systems operations, and more.

Earn your Master of Science in Space Systems Engineering in just 10 online courses, designed with flexibility for working professionals.

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My instructors were always receptive to any communications and offered as-needed flexibility on assignments based on any personal or professional schedule conflicts I encountered.

–Rahmath ’19, Space Systems Engineering

For in-depth thinkers and lifelong learners

You will succeed in this program if you want to solve complex problems in space systems engineering challenges and design spacecraft, including thermal control, power, and communication systems. This program is perfect for students looking to:

  • Advance their career with a robust knowledge of flight, ground, and subsystems, in addition to space missions.
  • Apply real-world and relevant programs like artificial intelligence and practical space systems operations.
  • Enroll in a flexible, online program designed for working professionals.

Employ models and methods to drive innovation

Confront cosmic challenges through advanced technical acumen in space flight and ground systems and subsystems—apply your knowledge across the space community in public and private sectors. In our program, you will:

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Connected at the forefront of science

Study current topics and trends with professors involved with the New Horizons Pluto mission and other notable space projects. The advantages of your JHU education also include:

  • Faculty who currently work as spacecraft engineers teaching you applicable, real-world instruction.
  • Peers who are equally motivated to advance space science and their careers.
  • An expansive network connecting you to powerful partnerships through the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

Take applied and focused classes

To earn your Master of Science in Space Systems Engineering, you must complete ten courses in as few as two years—a combination of five core courses and five electives your academic advisor will help you select.

Core Courses
  • Applications of Space Systems Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems I
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems II
  • Small Satellite Development and Experimentation

Select Elective Courses
  • Electro-Optical Space Systems
  • Ground System Engineering and Mission Operations
  • Mathematics for Space Systems
  • Satellite Communications Systems
  • Spacecraft Avionics Systems
  • Space Mission Design and Navigation

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(course list subject to change)

Excellence as a competitive edge

From developing visionary leaders, pioneering innovative research, and creating meaningful impact, you’ll find that the JHU advantage goes well beyond rankings and recognition.

Expert Guidance

Learn alongside scientists working on current space missions.

Your goals and beyond

Beyond rankings or recognition, our true strength is commitment to prepare you for your ultimate career goals.

Global JHU network

Tap into a professional network of over 30,000 alumni worldwide.

Everything we do is focused on you

As a results-driven space systems engineer, you want to create a better future by improving everything you see. Our vision is to provide you with a rich educational experience that makes that possible.

On your terms, on your time

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals offers exceptional online programs that are custom-designed to fit your schedule as a practicing engineer or scientist. You will have access to the full range of JHU services and resources—all available online.

Opening the door to ambition

We are committed to providing accessible, affordable, innovative, and relevant education experiences for working adults. Our admissions counselors are standing by to help you navigate your next steps—from application and financial assistance to enrolling in a program that best fits your goals. Applications are accepted year-round—with no GRE required.

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Opportunity afforded

78% of our enrolled students’ tuition is covered by employer contribution programs