Program Overview

The University of New Mexico is pleased to offer a fully online master's program in Space Systems Engineering, leading to a 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 careers 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.  

Possible Careers

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 Systems EngineeringElectrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering by 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!

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Learning Goals

Students receiving an MS degree in Electrical Engineering will:

  1. Exhibit knowledge of engineering and science fundamentals appropriate for the discipline and/or specialization.
  2. Be able to communicate effectively.
  3. 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.

Admissions Requirements:

  • 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.
  • 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, a 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.
  • The GRE is no longer required for admission to ECE graduate programs. 
Application deadlines
Fall             July 15th
Spring        November 15th
Summer    April 15th


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


Degree Requirements

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

Degree Requirements:

  • 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 their program of studies cannot be below 3.0


Six core 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/accelerated online program students only."  For more information, contact the program coordinator.


Space Systems Engineering Concentration Courses (16 credit hours): 


Electrical Engineering courses (16 credit hours)
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECE 535Satellite Communications3
ME 594Introduction to Space Situational Awareness3
ME 595Orbital Mechanics3
ME 596Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Controls3
ME 597Small Spacecraft Design I3
ECE 590Graduate Seminar1

Additional Electrical Engineering Courses (15 credit hours):

Select from courses on the list, in consultation with an advisor.

Additional Electrical Engineering Courses (15 credit hours)
Additional Electrical Engineering courses (15 credit hours)
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECE 517

Machine Learning

ECE 522

Hardware Software Codesign with FPGAs

ECE 529Introduction to Cybersecurity3
ECE 530Introduction to Cloud Computing3
ECE 531Introduction to the Internet of Things3
ECE 540Advanced Networking3
ECE 551Problems in Machine Learning3 to 6
ECE 561Engineering Electrodynamics3
ECE 595Cybersecurity II3
ECE 595Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes3
ECE 595Optimal Estimation and Filtering3


 Accelerated Online Program

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 31 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit Hour: $533.38
Length of Classes: 8 Weeks

College/School: School of Engineering

Tuition: Program Details and Tuition & Fee Information


Website: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: Rick Robb or Olivia Torres-Jojola: (505) 277-9000