MESO Program Information

The Master of Engineering with a Focus in Space Operations is well suited for working professionals involved in civil, military, or commercial space operations, space systems requirements and design specifications, payload and mission support, and space systems analysis. The program is designed for those students desiring an in-depth technical program presenting these subject areas.

Degree Requirements

Academic coursework: 10 Courses - 30 Hours

Students must take:

  • SPCE 5005 - Engineering Analysis for Space Applications
  • SPCE 5025 - Fundamentals of Astronautics
  • SPCE 5045 - Space Mission Analysis
  • SPCE 5065 - Spacecraft Environmental Interactions
  • SPCE 5085 - Space Communications
  • SPCE 5105 - Remote Sensing in Space
  • SPCE 5125 - Spacecraft Dynamics
  • SPCE 5595 - Space Mission Design (Capstone course)

AND Choose two of the following:

  • SPCE 5605 - Engineering Simulation 
  • SPCE 5625 - Global Positioning System
  • SPCE 5645 - Space Policy
  • SPCE 5665 - Systems Engineering Processes
  • SPCE 5685 - Enterprise/Systems Architecture for Space Systems: A Technical Course                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Once accepted, a student will be required to complete a Plan Of Study. The Plan Of Study must be coordinated with and approved by the Graduate Program Director. Students should ensure an initial Plan of Study is accomplished prior to program start. The Plan will also record the transfer of any credit applied toward the degree program; this transfer of credit must occur prior to the semester in which the student will graduate.

The ME in Space Operations program is a non-thesis program; however, program requirements include successful completion of a capstone project. The project is administered through SPCE 5595, which is part of the prescribed course sequence. The capstone project should demonstrate mastery of the overall program objectives. 

Course work must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or better, and all course work applied to the program (including any transfer credit) must have been completed no earlier than 6 years prior to degree completion. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate work may be transferred from an accredited graduate program, provided course work has not been used for any other degree, the grade earned for the course is B or better, and the course content has been approved by the program director.

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