Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

USC GRADUATE APPLICATION
 
The Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering program encompasses the dynamic and cutting-edge field of advanced space technology, with a unique focus on spacecraft engineering. It is exceptionally relevant today due to the growing importance of space to both national security and the economy. This program exposes students to the most current industry practices by offering specialized courses in the program taught by adjunct faculty who are leading specialists in the space industry.

This degree will enable you to enhance your career by acquiring knowledge in your chosen area of space technology, while improving your potential for advancement into systems engineering or other leadership positions. This program is especially suited for you if you intend to work in the space industry or in government research and development centers.

Our students have a wide variety of background: from the traditional astronautical, aerospace, mechanical, electrical, and other engineering disciplines; to physics, astronomy, and other areas of science; and even medical doctors. The program students also include active duty military personnel and those planning to apply for astronaut training.


Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings, and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.

  • A minimum of 27 units is required to earn the MS in Astronautical Engineering degree
  • Core Course Requirement: 12 units
  • Core Elective Requirement: 9 units
  • Technical Elective Requirement: 6 units
  • No more than 3 units of directed research (ASTE 590) can be applied to the 27-unit degree requirement
  • At least 21 units must be at the 500 or 600 level
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
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APPLICATION DEADLINES

SEMESTERDEADLINE
Fall 2018 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)December 15, 2017
Fall 2018 (Final Deadline)January 17, 2018
Spring 2019 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)August 31, 2018
Spring 2019 (Final Deadline)September 15, 2018
Visit our Application Deadlines page for more information.


APPLICATION CRITERIA

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering or science from a regionally-accredited university. (Mathematics, applied mathematics and computer science majors are welcome to apply if they have taken the equivalent of the three Physics courses usually required for engineering majors:
    • 151Lg – Mechanics & Thermodynamics
    • 152L – Electricity & Magnetism
    • and 153L – Optics & Modern Physics.)
  • Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average)
  • Satisfactory GRE test scores. All scores must be officially reported to the university directly by ETS.
  • Satisfactory performance in previous coursework related to the intended major..
USC GRADUATE APPLICATION

APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

GRE General Test: Satisfactory and valid test scores. Valid GRE scores must be dated within five years of the start of the intended application semester. The fall semester starts in August, and the spring semester starts in January. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.

Resume/CV (Required)

Letters of Recommendation (2 Required): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.

Statement of Purpose (optional): The statement of purpose should succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.


ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission. There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission – Proficiency in English.

The following is an overview of the tuition & fees for graduate engineering students. Both on-campus and DEN@Viterbi students pay the same tuition.


TUITION

Academic Year
Per Unit Rate
3-unit Course
4-unit Course
Fall 2016 - Summer 2017
$1,845
$5,535
$7,380
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
$1,937
$5,811
$7,748


TUITION & SAMPLE COURSE PLAN FOR 27 UNIT PROGRAM (Residential Students Only)

STUDENT FEES

Fee Description
Fee Amount
On-Campus
DEN@Viterbi
Mandatory Fees (approximate)
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
Health Insurance
Fall 2017: $646
Spring 2018: $1,170
Norman Topping Student Aid Fee
$8/semester
ENGR Computing Access Fee (On-Campus students)
$75/semester
ENGR Computing Access Fee (DEN@Viterbi students)
$35/semester
Exam Proctoring
$40 - $100 per course
Detailed Information on Tuition & Fees
This program is also available online to professional engineers through DEN@Viterbi. Because the DEN@Viterbi program provides a fully equivalent academic experience, the degree a USC engineering student earns is the same whether they are on-campus or online.

If you are interested in beginning classes as a DEN@Viterbi student next semester, explore the requirements and steps to enrolling as a Limited Status Student.

Learn More About DEN@Viterbi
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DEN@VITERBI ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS

The following courses and program requirements serve as program planning for DEN@Viterbi students. Course offerings and availability are subject to change. Please consult with advisor if you have any questions.

Core Requirements
All courses are required – 12 units total.
Some core requirements may be waived if the student has taken similar coursework prior to joining the program – subject to department approval.
ASTE 470 | Spacecraft Propulsion (3 units)
ASTE 520 | Spacecraft System Design (3 units)
ASTE 535 | Spacecraft Environments and Spacecraft Interaction (3 units)
ASTE 580 | Orbital Mechanics I (3 units)
Core Elective Requirement
Three courses are required – 9 units total.
ASTE 523 | Design of Low Cost Space Missions (3 units)
ASTE 524 | Human Spaceflights (3 units)
ASTE 527 | Space Studio Architecting (3 units)
ASTE 529 | Safety of Space Systems and Space Missions (3 units)
ASTE 552 | Spacecraft Thermal Control (3 units)
ASTE 553 | Systems for Remote Sensing from Space (3 units)
ASTE 554 | Spacecraft Sensors (3 units)
ASTE 556 | Spacecraft Structural Dynamics (3 units)
ASTE 557 | Spacecraft Structural Strength and Materials (3 units)
ASTE 570 | Liquid Rocket Propulsion (3 units)
ASTE 572 | Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion (3 units)
ASTE 574| Space Launch Vehicle Design (3 units)
ASTE 581 | Orbital Mechanics II (3 units)
ASTE 583 | Space Navigation: Principles and Practice (3 units)
ASTE 584 | Spacecraft Power Systems (3 units)
ASTE 585 | Spacecraft Attitude Control (3 units)
ASTE 586 | Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics (3 units)
ASTE 589 | Solar System Navigation (3 units)
Technical Elective Requirement
Two courses Required – 6 units total.
Students are advised to select these two elective courses from the list of core electives or from other courses in astronautical engineering or from other science and engineering graduate courses, as approved by a faculty advisor.
Areas of Concentration
Students choose core elective and technical elective courses that best meet their educational objectives. Students can also concentrate their studies in the desired areas by selecting corresponding core elective courses. Presently, the ASTE faculty suggest the following areas of concentration:
Spacecraft Propulsion Concentration
Two core electives – 6 units total.
ASTE 570 | Liquid Rocket Propulsion (3 units)
ASTE 572 | Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion (3 units)
ASTE 574 | Space Launch Vehicle Design (3 units)
ASTE 584 | Spacecraft Power Systems (3 units)
Spacecraft Dynamics Concentration
Two core electives – 6 units total.
ASTE 556 | Spacecraft Structural Dynamics (3 units)
ASTE 557 | Spacecraft Structural Strength and Materials (3 units)
ASTE 581 | Orbital Mechanics II (3 units)
ASTE 583 | Space Navigation: Principles and Practice (3 units)
ASTE 585 | Spacecraft Attitude Control (3 units)
ASTE 586 | Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics (3 units)
ASTE 589| Solar System Navigation (3 units)
Space System Design Concentration
Two core electives – 6 units total.
ASTE 523 | Design of Low Cost Space Missions (3 units)
ASTE 524 | Human Spaceflight (3 units)
ASTE 527 | Space Studio Architecting (3 units)
ASTE 529 | Safety of Space Systems and Space Missions (3 units)
ASTE 557 | Spacecraft Structural Strength and Materials (3 units)
ASTE 574 | Space Launch Vehicle Design (3 units)
Spacecraft Systems Concentration
Two core electives – 6 units total.
ASTE 552 | Spacecraft Thermal Control (3 units)
ASTE 553 | Systems for Remote Sensing from Space (3 units)
ASTE 554 | Spacecraft Sensors (3 units)
ASTE 584 | Spacecraft Power Systems (3 units)
Space Applications Concentration
Two core electives – 6 units total.
ASTE 524 | Human Spaceflight (3 units)
ASTE 527 | Space Studio Architecting (3 units)
ASTE 553 | Systems for Remote Sensing from Space (3 units)
ASTE 554 | Spacecraft Sensors (3 units)
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