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The Master of Science in Space Systems Engineering (MSSE) program trains you in systems - level engineering in spacecraft design, development and operation, which are all skills appropriate for careers in space technologies and applications. Graduates gain competencies in space systems engineering and design - level knowledge of the concepts, technologies and processes associated with aerospace systems requirements. The program places an emphasis on astronautics, emphasizing satellite design and development, particularly in the areas of satellite systems, (i.e. communications, command and data handling, attitude determination and control, thermal systems and power systems), nanosatellites, space mission operations and ground station technologies.

Program Requirements

Students applying for admission must meet the general admission requirements to graduate study and satisfy two of the following criteria: A minimum GRE score of 150 on verbal reasoning and 146 on quantitative reasoning, or Undergraduate GPA X GRE (verbal and quantitative) = 875 Undergraduate degree in a relevant area (aerospace engineering, space science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or closely related discipline).
For course lists and program requirements, see:

Career Opportunities

The aerospace industry supports over 15 million high quality American jobs and has experienced eight consecutive years of growth. Fifteen percent of the US GDP is now related to aerospace ,and as of 2013, aerospace is the number one manufactured export in Kentucky. The job market for all areas of the space sector, including aerospace engineers, electrical and mechanical engineers, technicians, Earth station operators, and micro-nanotechnology engineers, is robust with careers that epitomize 21st Century jobs.

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.