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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Degrees & Pathways

Focus Areas/Tracks
Communications & NavigationRemote SensingRemote Sensing & PhysicsSoftware SystemsSystems EngineeringTechnical Leadership


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.
  • As part of the admission process, the chair or the program coordinators may interview students in order to clarify points on their résumés or on previous courses taken. This is to better understand what experience they have had in preparing projects or team assignments.
  • 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 six core courses and four electives.
  • Only one grade of C may count toward the master's degree.
  • Two of the core courses are a seminar and a satellite design lab. Alternatively students may elect to pursue the four electives in one of six focus areas.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.


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

Program News

Top Instructors Receive 2016 Faculty Awards
April 5, 2016

During a faculty meeting held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on March 16, we honored twelve Johns Hopkins Engineering instructors for their dedication and innovation in the classroom.

Balancing teaching with their own careers, our instructors work tirelessly to provide an educational experience that is both challenging and highly relevant for today's students.

APL Named One of World's Most Innovative Companies
February 26, 2016

Fast Company magazine recently named the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as one of the world's most innovative companies of 2016 for building the bionic man, one arm at a time.

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.