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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The curriculum for the Space Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals features systems engineering courses as well as hand-on exercises that prepare students to lead space systems development projects. Participants gain a deep understanding of systems quality assurance and implementation as they design and develop an actual spacecraft prototype. With access to state-of-the-art facilities, students work alongside some of the top experts in the field including world-renowned faculty from the Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Upon completing the degree program, students 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.


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 degree in a technical discipline.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant full-time work experience in the field and a detailed work résumé must be submitted.
  • When reviewing an application, the candidate's academic and professional background will be considered.
  • Exceptions to these requirements, based on experience, can be made by the program chair.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • A total of ten courses (at least three at the 700-level) must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of seven core courses and three electives.
  • Only one grade of C may count toward the master's degree.
  • Two of the core courses are a seminar and a capstone project on the Homewood campus.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.


To view this program's prerequisites, core courses, and/or courses listed by track, focus area, or concentration, please click here.

Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.

Program News

High Rankings from U.S. News & World Report for Online Master's Programs in Engineering and IT
January 21, 2016

The online graduate programs at Johns Hopkins Engineering maintained high rankings from U.S. News & World Report this year.

In the new report, released January 12, 2016, Johns Hopkins Engineering secured #11 in the overall Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs rankings, up one spot from last year.

Master's Degree in Space Systems Engineering Lifts Off at Johns Hopkins University
May 9, 2014

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, which administers part-time graduate studies for the university's Whiting School of Engineering, has launched a new master's degree program in space systems engineering. We know firsthand what skills are required to pursue management and technical leadership roles in the space systems industry, said Joseph Suter, chair of the new part-time Space Systems Engineering program.

State-Specific Information for Online Students

We currently are not accepting applications to the online M.S. in Space Systems Engineering program from students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, or Kansas. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.