Space Systems Engineering

The Space Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals will equip you with the tools you need to become a technical leader within the aerospace industry.

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Leadership/Management Technical


The Space Systems Engineering program is intended for existing or aspiring space engineering professionals and will greatly expand your knowledge, capabilities, and opportunities, preparing you for a rewarding career in the space industry. You will be exposed to all the technical disciplines encountered throughout the space systems development life cycle, including mission formulation, concept development, design, integration, test, and mission operations. You will be introduced to the formal systems engineering method, first as applied to entire space missions, and then with ever-increasing technical rigor, as applied to flight and ground systems and subsystems. A diverse array of technical electives permits you to tailor your curriculum to suit your individual professional interests. You will then have the opportunity to immerse yourself into case studies of current topics drawn from relevant real-world programs. Additionally, a hands-on small-spacecraft integration and test course will allow you to work on a real spacecraft using modern test equipment and spacecraft control software in a laboratory environment. Program faculty are top subject matter experts and practitioners from across the space community, including the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Upon completing the degree program, you will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to develop and design a bench-top spacecraft including solar panel charging system, GPS, and Precision Navigation subsystems.
  2. Design the structural and electrical subsystems of a spacecraft, thermal control, power systems, and communication systems.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the analysis of direct broadcast satellites, VSAT links, and Earth-orbiting and deep space missions.


Program Chair: Patrick Binning

Program Coordinator: Anne Zylinski (410-516-7904,


Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include an undergraduate or graduate degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g., engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Your prior education must include the following prerequisites (or work experience must demonstrate equivalent competency): one year of college calculus, one year of college physics, and a course in a programming language such as Java or C++.
  • If your prior education does not include the prerequisites listed above (or work experience does not demonstrate equivalent competency), you may still be admitted under provisional status, followed by full admission once you have completed the missing prerequisites. Missing prerequisites may be completed with Johns Hopkins Engineering (all prerequisites with the exception of Physics I and II are available) or at another regionally accredited institution. Courses applicable to fill these prerequisites should specifically relate to math, science, and engineering majors.
  • When reviewing an application, your academic and professional background will be considered.
  • As part of the admission process, the chair or the program coordinators may interview you to better evaluate your application.

Degree Requirements

  • A total of ten courses (at least three at the 700-level) must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of five core courses and five others chosen by you in consultation with your advisor.
  • Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C−) can count toward the master's degree.
  • All courses in the Space Systems Engineering program may be completed remotely (online or via virtual-live), except for the program capstone (675.710), which includes a requirement that students attend a specified residency weekend at the APL campus to complete the laboratory component.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.


Please refer to the Schedule Planning Information page for a general idea when these courses are offered. For exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors, please refer to the course schedule published each term.

Program News

Space Systems Engineering releases Student Handbook for Academic Year 2020–2021
May 14, 2020

This Student Handbook is developed to assist in planning your coursework, creating a time frame for graduation, and designing an educational path based on your career needs and aspirations. We are releasing this first edition in support of the 2020–2021 academic year.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks JHU's Online Engineering Programs Among Nation's Best
February 3, 2020

Originally posted by The Hub on January 15, 2020

Two Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals master's programs are among the top online programs in the country, according to new rankings released earlier this month by U.S. News & World Report.

Microsoft Teams: A Digital Platform for Communication and Collaboration Between Students
February 3, 2020

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals (EP) this month launched an exciting new initiative: an online Student Community offered through the digital platform Microsoft Teams. As part of the EP Student Community, students can safely and securely connect, share, and learn from one another while also having easy access to relevant resources.