Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering

The Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering program (available both on-campus and online via DEN@Viterbi) encompasses the dynamic and cutting-edge field of advanced space technology, with a unique focus on spacecraft engineering.

The Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering is exceptionally relevant today due to the growing importance of space to both national security and the economy. This program exposes students to the most current industry practices by offering specialized courses in the program taught by adjunct faculty who are leading specialists in the space industry.

This degree will enable you to enhance your career by acquiring knowledge in your chosen area of space technology, while improving your potential for advancement into systems engineering or other leadership positions. The program is especially suited for you if you intend to work in the space industry or in government research and development centers.

Our students have a wide variety of backgrounds: from the traditional astronautical, aerospace, mechanical, electrical and other engineering disciplines; to physics, astronomy and other areas of science; and even medical doctors. Students in the program also include active duty military personnel and those planning to apply for astronaut training.

Students in the Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering online program may choose to concentrate their studies in one of the following specific areas by selecting corresponding core elective courses:

  • Safety of Space Systems
  • Spacecraft Dynamics
  • Space Applications
  • Spacecraft Propulsion
  • Space Systems Design
  • Spacecraft Systems and Operations

Related Programs

The Department of Astronautical Engineering also offers the below related program:

  • Graduate Certificate in Astronautical Engineering

For a complete list of graduate programs offered online in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, please visit the DEN@Viterbi Program Offerings.

Career Opportunities

A variety of career opportunities exist, but primarily in the areas of:

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Space Missions
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouse and Distribution Facilities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Spacecraft Operations
  • Technicians
  • Technical Operations and Communications
  • Architectural Designers
  • Quality Control Inspection

Earn your Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering online via DEN@Viterbi. Request information today.

Same Faculty. Same Program. Same Degree.

DEN@Viterbi strives to meet the needs of engineering professionals, providing the opportunity to advance your education while maintaining your career and other commitments. By breaking down geographical and scheduling barriers, DEN@Viterbi allows you to take your classes anytime and anywhere.

DEN@Viterbi students undergo the same academic requirements, curriculum, and must adhere to the same academic standards as on-campus students; therefore, your diploma is ultimately issued by the University of Southern California. There is no difference between remote students and on-campus students.