Master of Engineering - Focus in Space Operations

Why do so many space professionals choose this program?

Since 1998, engineering professionals and mission specialists from numerous aerospace companies and military installations have completed the UCCS Master of Engineering in Space Operations. The program is truly one-of-a-kind, delivering high-quality instruction to meet the diverse needs of the aerospace industries.

The Master of Engineering with a specialty in Space Operations (MESO) is well suited for working professionals involved in civil, military, or commercial space operations, space systems requirements, design specifications, payload and mission support, and space systems analysis.

Available exclusively online, the MESO degree program can be completed entirely via distance. For more information, please contact us at

Selected as a Western Regional Graduate Program
The ME Space Operations program is proud to have been selected as a Western Regional Graduate Program participant effective Fall 13. To be selected, a nominated program must be determined to be "distinctive" and present evidence of faculty leadership, recognition, and accomplishment. The WRGP allows students who are residents of WICHE states to enroll in programs outside of their home state at resident tuition rates.  Click here for more information.

Program Goals

The UCCS MESO program will prepare space professionals through a series of courses focused on the key skills needed to be successful. Flexibility in program timing and modality is designed to accommodate today's working professional.

Program graduates will know and be able to perform in the following areas:

  • Translate a need, relating to a space mission, into a feasible system design
  • Apply the principles, concepts and methods of course work to the effective design and application of space systems to fulfill a practical mission need

 Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for regular admission are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or a related technical field.
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0. Applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.0 may be provisionally admitted on a case by case basis.
  • A grade of B or better in Calculus I, Linear Algebra and calculus-based Physics I.
  • Two or more years experience in a commercial, civil or government engineering/science career is preferred.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements for regular admission may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to the recommendations of the ME graduate committee.                              

Application information: How to Apply                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Program Information

The Master of Engineering in Space Operations degree program consists of 30 semester hours of coursework comprising 24 hours of core courses and 6 hours of electives.

Core Requirements (24 credit hours)

  • Engineering Analysis for Space Applications
  • Fundamentals of Astronautics
  • Space Mission Analysis
  • Spacecraft Environmental Interactions
  • Space Communications
  • Remote Sensing in Space
  • Spacecraft Dynamics
  • Space Mission Design (Capstone course)

  Elective Choices (6 credit hours - choose two)

  • Engineering Simulation
  • Global Positioning System
  • Space Policy
  • Systems Engineering Processes
  • Enterprise/Systems Architectur for Space Systems                                                                                        

 The ME in Space Operations program is a non-thesis program. Program requirements include successful completeion of a capstone project and should demonstrate mastery of the overall program objectives.

For additional information, please contact the College of Engineering and Applied Science Extended Studies Coordinator at 719-255-3246 or by email at