1431 USD/credit 17172 USD/full
1431 USD/credit 17172 USD/full
543 USD/credit 6516 USD/full
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This Small Satellite Engineering certificate at George Mason University  provides a broad understanding of small satellite mission and operations and of technologies for spacecraft design and engineering, satellite bus, hardware and software systems, and communications.

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About the Small Satellite Engineering certificate at George Mason University

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in conjunction with the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, offers the certificate in small satellite engineering.

A two-semester hands-on project course is included to exercise a transition of theory into engineering practice in satellite and ground station engineering.  Coursework for the graduate certificate can be used for credit toward the MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering. However, the certificate's primary purpose is to provide a well-defined body of information for students who want to advance or update their knowledge in small satellite technologies, but who do not necessarily wish to complete requirements for the MS degree. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs in the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Small Spacecraft Engineering   
  • Satellite Communications   
  •   CubeSat Design  
  •  CubeSat Engineering   
  •  Space Systems Engineering

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The Spring application will open on April 15.


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12 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The graduate certificate is open to all students who hold BS degrees in scientific and engineering disciplines from accredited universities and can hold graduate status (either degree or non-degree) in the Volgenau School.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17172 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit
  • National

    17172 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit
  • In-State

    6516 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 USD per credit

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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