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M.S. in Astronautical Engineering

 

The Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering is designed for those with B.S. degrees in science and engineering who desire to work in the space sector of the aerospace industry, government research and development centers, and laboratories. In some cases the applicant may be required to take 1 or 2 deficiency courses (upper-division undergraduate courses). The decision to require deficiency courses is made by the Astronautics program coordinators.

Most classes for the M.S. are available through the USC Distance Education Network (DEN)
 
Admission to the M.S. program requires the general portion of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and two letters of recommendation.

Answers to frequently-asked questions are found here.
 
The M.S. degree requires completion of 27 units satisfying the requirements below.  At least 21 units must be at the 500 or 600 level.

If the M.S. degree is earned as part of the Progressive Degree Program (PDP), only 21 units are required.  All requirements below apply to the PDP except the technical elective requirement.
 
CORE REQUIREMENT
 (12 UNITS) UNITS
ASTE 470 Spacecraft Propulsion 3
ASTE 520 Spacecraft System Design 3
ASTE 535 Spacecraft Environments and Spacecraft Interaction 3
ASTE 580 Orbital Mechanics I 3
     
CORE ELECTIVE REQUIREMENT (9 UNITS — CHOOSE THREE COURSES) UNITS
ASTE 501ab Physical Gas Dynamics 3-3
ASTE 523 Design of Low Cost Space Missions 3
ASTE 527 Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio 3
ASTE 529 Safety of Space Systems and Space MIssions 3
ASTE 552 Spacecraft Thermal Control 3
ASTE 553 Systems for Remote Sensing from Space 3
ASTE 554 Spacecraft Sensors 3
ASTE 556 Spacecraft Structural Dynamics 3
ASTE 557 Spacecraft Structural Strength and Materials 3
ASTE 570 Liquid Rocket Propulsion 3
ASTE 572 Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion 3
ASTE 581 Orbital Mechanics II 3
ASTE 583 Space Navigation: Principles and Practice 3
ASTE 584 Spacecraft Power Systems 3
ASTE 585 Spacecraft Attitude Control 3
ASTE 586 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics 3
     
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE REQUIREMENT (6 UNITS)  

Two 3-unit courses. It is advisable to select these two elective courses from the list of core electives or from other courses in astronautical engineering or from other science and engineering graduate courses, as approved by a faculty advisor. No more than 3 units of directed research (ASTE 590) can be applied to the 27-unit requirement. New courses on emerging space technologies are often offered; consult the current semester's course offerings, particularly for ASTE 599, Special Topics.

The 6 units of technical electives are not required if the degree is earned under the Progressive Degree Program.

 


 

Areas of Concentration

 

Students choose core elective and technical elective courses that best meet their educational objectives.  Students can also concentrate their studies in the desired areas by selecting corresponding core elective courses. Presently, the ASTE faculty suggest the following areas of concentration:
 
Spacecraft Propulsion
 
UNITS
Choose two core electives from    
ASTE 501ab Physical Gas Dynamics 3-3
ASTE 570 Liquid Rocket Propulsion 3
ASTE 572 Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion 3
ASTE 584 Spacecraft Power Systems 3
     
Spacecraft Dynamics
UNITS
Choose two core electives from    
ASTE 556 Spacecraft Structural Dynamics 3
ASTE 557 Spacecraft Structural Strength and Materials 3
ASTE 581 Orbital Mechanics II 3
ASTE 583 Space Navigation: Principles and Practice 3
ASTE 585 Spacecraft Attitude Control 3
ASTE 586 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics 3
     
Space Systems Design
 
Choose two core electives from
ASTE 523 Design of Low Cost Space MIssions 3
ASTE 527 Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio 3
ASTE 529 Safety of Space Systems and Space MIssions 3
ASTE 557 Spacecraft Structural Strength and Materials  3
   
     
Spacecraft Systems    
Choose two core electives from    
ASTE 552 Spacecraft Thermal Control 3

ASTE 553

Systems for Remote Sensing from Space 3
ASTE 554 Spacecraft Sensors 3
ASTE 584 Spacecraft Power Systems 3
     
Space Applications    
Choose two core electives from    
ASTE 527 Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio 3
ASTE 553 Systems for Remote Sensing from Space 3
ASTE 554 Spacecraft Sensors 3




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