Space Operations Degree

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Available exclusively online, the MESO degree program can be completed entirely via distance.

Since 1998, over 250 engineering professionals and mission specialists from NASA Johnson Spaceflight Center and numerous aerospace companies 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.

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.

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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

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 Navigation Satellite Systems: Design and Technical Analysis (GNSS)
  • SPCE 5645 - Space Policy
  • SPCE 5665 - Systems Engineering Processes

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.

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.

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