Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering

Application Deadlines

Spring 2021: September 15, 2020

Fall 2021: January 15, 2021


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 engineering 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.

International Students: This program is eligible for the OPT STEM extension.

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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