M.Sc. Online Blended

Space Systems Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

60 months
9510 USD/year
9510 USD/year
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Our Space Systems Engineering curriculum and advanced courses at Johns Hopkins University expose you to all the technical disciplines encountered throughout the space systems development life cycle, including mission formulation, concept development, design, integration, test, and mission operations.


If you are interested in delving deeper into the aerospace industry and studying under professors and mentors who are involved with the New Horizons Pluto mission or the new Dragonfly mission–you can have access to this exceptional learning environment and more as a student in the Space Systems Engineering program. Program faculty are top subject matter experts and practitioners from across the space community, including the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

You will study 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. The Space Systems Engineering program provides in-depth opportunities to dissect and analyze case studies of current topics drawn from relevant real-world programs. Additionally, unique to our program, students learn to design spacecraft, including solar panel charging, GPS tracking, precision navigation, thermal control, power, and communication systems. 

Be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and design a bench-top spacecraft including solar panel charging system, GPS, and Precision Navigation subsystems
  • Design the structural and electrical subsystems of a spacecraft, thermal control, power systems, and communication systems
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the analysis of direct broadcast satellites, VSAT links, and Earth-orbiting and deep space missions
  • Select technical elective courses to tailor your degree and gain the knowledge that works best for you

Master’s Degree Focus Areas

A focus area can be selected but is not required.

  • Leadership/Management
  • Technical

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Systems Engineering for Space
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Space Systems
  • Applications of Space Systems Engineering
  • Small Satellite Development and Experimentation
  • Satellite Communications Systems
  • Mathematics for Space Systems
  • Electro-Optical Space Systems
  • Ground System Engineering and Mission Operations

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General 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 show competency in (1) calculus, (2) physics, and (3) computer programming, which must be demonstrated through undergraduate or graduate coursework or equivalent work experience.
  • 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. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47550 USD for the full programme during 60 months.
  • National

    9510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47550 USD for the full programme during 60 months.

Living costs for Baltimore

1240 - 2100 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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