Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering Lifts Off at Johns Hopkins University

"currently accepting applications for this program for the fall 2014 term"

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will share their knowledge with students in the new space systems engineering master’s degree program.
Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, which administers part-time graduate studies for the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, has launched a new master’s degree program in space systems engineering. 

“We know firsthand what skills are required to pursue management and technical leadership roles in the space systems industry,” said Joseph Suter, chair of the new part-time Space Systems Engineering program. “This newly developed curriculum features systems engineering courses covering conceptual design, systems testing, and integration, as well as hands-on leadership exercises, including an actual spacecraft design course.” 

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals is currently accepting applications for this program for the fall 2014 term. By fall 2015, all of the courses will be available online or through the virtual live classroom model, with the exception of two laboratory courses that will be held on the Homewood campus during designated weekends. 

To be considered for this new part-time graduate program in space systems engineering, applicants must have earned a previous degree in a science or engineering field, and have at least two years of experience in space technology or space science. 

Prospective students can learn more about the program by participating in a free online information session from 7 to 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 13. A recorded version will also be available after the event. Those who wish to join in the May 13 information session are asked to register at .

With access to state-of-the-art technologies both in the classroom and through online courses, students will work alongside leading scientists and engineers from the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. They will gain a deep understanding of space systems quality assurance and its implementation while developing spacecraft and space-borne sensors on time and on schedule. The program’s capstone project will enable students to design and build a “table-top” functional spacecraft model. 

Practicing engineers and scientists have been increasingly interested in pursuing advanced degrees in space systems engineering. According to the American Society for Engineering Education, the number of aerospace-related master’s degrees awarded in the United States increased 46 percent from 2004 to 2012. 

“Until now, students interested in space systems engineering had been studying in our systems engineering program,” said Dexter G. Smith, associate dean of Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals. “While that program continues to serve students well, we wanted to address increasing demand and provide a program that more specifically meets the needs of those looking to excel in the space industry.”

About Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals gives working adults a convenient way to advance their education and competitiveness in 20 traditional and newly emerging fields. Building on the world-class reputation and dynamic resources of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals offers online and on-site classes at times that complement the busy schedules of today’s practicing engineers and scientists. The program’s website is at . 


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