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Master of Science in
Space Systems

The Master of Science in Space Systems is designed to provide students with the tools they need to be successful program managers of major space systems.

This degree will be available July 1, 2024.

About the Master of Science in Space Systems

The space industry is experiencing explosive growth, mainly stemming from the commercialization and privatization of the launch and supply missions to the International Space Station (ISS), the desire to return to the moon and exploration of Mars within the foreseeable future.

The Master of Science in Space Systems is designed to support aspiring technical-oriented students with the tools and knowledge they need to be successful program managers. This degree centered on Space Systems provides a balanced and multidisciplinary curriculum rooted in establishing programmatic awareness, technical judgment and leadership.

The program is for students who aspire to excel in the science, practice and business of the space industry, ensuring our graduates are not only market-ready but also pioneers of the future.

Student Learning Outcomes

While earning an online space industry degree, you will have the opportunity to explore critical areas, including:

  • Designing a range of space systems using systems engineering principles.
  • Creating strategies for developing space systems that optimally achieve mission, financial and organizational goals.
  • Synthesizing strategic critical thinking skills to determine tradeoffs based on sound technical and business judgment. 
  • Analyzing the technical characteristics and performance parameters of current and future systems and components in the context of a space system.

Space Systems Career Opportunities

Careers and Employers

Master’s students graduating from Embry-Riddle’s Space Systems program transition into careers with companies such as SpaceX, NASA, the U.S. Space Force, Blue Origin, United Launch Alliance and the European Space Agency. 

Graduates with a Space Systems degree tend to enter the industry with positions as principal systems engineers, technical strategists, technical managers and advanced systems developers.

Space Systems Salary Information

As of 2023, graduates with a Space Systems degree tend to receive competitive salaries, with an income range of $119,000 annually.


About Space Systems at the Worldwide & Online Campus

The College of Aviation prepares students for productive careers and leadership roles in the aerospace industry.

Embry-Riddle's Master of Science in Space Systems provides a focused education for students aspiring to be technical program managers, honing in on advances in technology, automation and structural materials.

Pursuing a degree at the Worldwide & Online Campus allows graduate students to structure their education around their lifestyles, taking classes where and when they want.

Space Systems Information

  • Credits: 30
  • Online or In-Person: Fully Online

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MSPO 500  Overview of the Space Ecosystem  3
MSPO 520  Space Technology and Systems 
MSPO 525  Space Law and Policy  3
SYSE 500  Fundamentals of Systems Engineering 
MSSS 550   
MSSS 530   
MSSS 560   
MSSS 570   
MSPO 515   
MSPO 540  Cybersecurity Applications in Space 
Total Degree Requirements    30 


30 Credits

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