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USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Astronautical Engineering (MS)

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This degree is in the highly dynamic and technologically advanced area of astronautics and space technology. The program is designed for those with BS degrees in science and engineering who wish to work in the space sector of the defense/aerospace industry, government research and development centers, and laboratories and academia. The program is available through the USC Distance Education Network (DEN).

The general portion of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and two letters of recommendation are required. For standard Admission Requirements, refer to USC Viterbi School of Engineering .

Required courses: 27 units

Technical Elective Requirement (6 Units)

Two 3-unit courses. Students are advised to select these two elective courses from the list of core electives or from other courses in astronautical engineering or from other science and engineering graduate courses, as approved by the faculty adviser. No more than 3 units of directed research (ASTE 590 ) can be applied to the 27-unit requirement. New courses on emerging space technologies are often offered; consult the current semester’s course offerings, particularly for ASTE 599 Special Topics .


At least 21 units must be at the 500 or 600 level.

Possible Areas of Concentration:

Students may choose to concentrate their studies in a specific area by selecting corresponding core elective courses. Presently, ASTE faculty suggest the following areas of concentration:

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