The University of New Mexico is pleased to offer a fully online master's program in Space Systems Engineering, leading to an Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). This program is one of the first master's level space systems engineering programs in the country. The Space Systems Engineering concentration was developed with input from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate to provide graduates with the advanced skills to further their career in the aerospace industry.
All courses for the Space Systems Engineering Accelerated Online Program are offered in an 8-week format. For individuals interested in pursuing a doctoral degree, the Space Systems Engineering program provides a great foundation for application to UNM’s Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering program.
All applicants are expected to have college-level proficiency in English (reading and writing), programming and mathematics. Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree in an engineering-related field from an accredited university.
Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be prepared for master's level engineering positions at the Department of Defense, NASA, and private sector aerospace companies. Students will be prepared for space systems program career paths such as mission planning, project management, and spacecraft integration activities.
UNM's Space Systems Engineering program was recently recognized at the top of the Most Affordable Online Master's in Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Electrical Engineering by OnlineU.org. And now, ECE at UNM has been named one of the best departments in the nation for its online master’s degree programs in electrical engineering!
Students receiving an MS degree in Electrical Engineering will:
- Exhibit knowledge of engineering and science fundamentals appropriate for the discipline and/or specialization.
- Be able to communicate effectively.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically assess information in the discipline and/or specialization.
Tuition and Fees
The total cost per credit hour is $533.38 and is comprised of: $428.12 base tuition + $105.26 college differential. There is a student technology fee charged each semester. It is $150 in the Fall, $150 in the Spring, and $20 in the Summer. There may be additional costs, depending on the class. Additional costs are often for textbooks, supplemental course materials, and proctoring fees.
About the Program
The Space Systems Engineering Managed Online Program, leading to an MS in Electrical Engineering, is an exciting new program offered at UNM. Prospective students need to have an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field. All applicants are expected to have college-level proficiency in English (reading and writing), programming, and mathematics.
All courses are offered in an 8-week format, with terms starting 5 times per year. A sequence of courses has been developed to optimize a student’s progression through the curriculum. Most courses can be taken in any order to complete the degree.
- Grade Point Average (GPA): An undergraduate baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) for courses in the major field of study over the last two undergraduate years.
- Official GRE Results (Due to COVID-19, the GRE requirement is temporarily waived for applicants through Spring 2023).
- Minimum GRE Verbal Scores (old/new): 400/146
- Minimum GRE Quantitative Scores (old/new): 650/151
- Three (3) letters of recommendation.
- Statement of Purpose/Letter of Intent.
- Language Skills for International Students: International students must meet all UNM Graduate Admissions Requirements including tests for English proficiency. For more information regarding international students, please see International Students and Online Education. For international students, the minimum Graduate TOEFL Scores (Paper/Computer) are: 550/213, minimum Graduate IELTS Score: 6.5, or a minimum Duolingo score of 105. Official test results must be sent directly from ETS to the University of New Mexico (code #4845). Further information and the minimum score requirements can be found at the UNM Global Education Office website.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), GRE and TOEFL testing has been affected in many countries. Please refer to the ETS website for at home testing options and testing updates.
To apply for the program, in the Program of Interest section within the UNM Graduate Admissions Application, select the following:
College/School: School of Engineering
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering (Online only)
Program/Major: Electrical Engineering (Online only)
Degree: MS Electrical Engineering (Online only)
Interest: Space Systems Engineering
The MSEE Space Systems Engineering Managed Online Program is offered as a Masters Plan III Option (course work only).
MS in Electrical Engineering - Space Systems Engineering Concentration
- A minimum of 31 hours of coursework (including ECE 590), with a minimum of 18 hours in ECE.
- At least 12 credit hours must be ECE core courses of which 9 hours are required by the emphasis area as 3 major core courses. The other 3 hours can be selected from core courses of another emphasis area as a minor core course.
- A maximum of 6 hours of 400-level ECE courses, and no more than 6 hours of 400-level Non-ECE courses (400-level courses must be approved for graduate credit. ECE 495 cannot be used for graduate credit).
- A maximum of 6 hours in "problems" courses (ECE 551 or ECE 651).
- At least 50% of required coursework must be completed after admission to the graduate program, unless further limited by the graduate program.
- At least one credit hour, but not more than two credit hours, of graduate seminar (ECE 590).
- No more than half of the minimum required coursework hours may be taken with a single faculty member.
- No more than 6 credit hours of coursework can have a grade of C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR (grading option selected by student). ECE 590 is excluded from this limitation.
- The CR grading option is not allowed for ECE Core or minor courses.
- A student's cumulative GPA cannot be below 3.0. In addition, the GPA for courses presented in his/her program of studies cannot be below 3.0
Seven courses are required for the Space Systems Engineering concentration. An additional 15 credit hours of coursework is required to complete the MSEE degree.
Look for the courses in the current schedule of classes with a course comment that reads "Limited to managed online program students only." For more information, contact the program coordinator.
Space Systems Engineering Concentration Courses (16 credit hours):
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|ECE 535||Satellite Communications||3|
|ME 594||Introduction to Space Situational Awareness||3|
|ME 595||Orbital Mechanics||3|
|ME 596||Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Controls||3|
|ME 597||Small Spacecraft Design I||3|
|ECE 590||Graduate Seminar||1|
Additional Electrical Engineering Courses (15 credit hours):
Select from courses on the list, in consultation with an advisor.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|ECE 529||Introduction to Cybersecurity||3|
|ECE 530||Introduction to Cloud Computing||3|
|ECE 531||Introduction to the Internet of Things||3|
|ECE 540||Advanced Networking||3|
|ECE 551||Problems in Machine Learning||3 to 6|
|ECE 595||Cybersecurity II||3|