A master of science in space systems from Florida Tech prepares students to perform in a wide variety of technical and managerial facets of private industry, government agencies or the military that are involved in the space program.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the program trains graduates to plan, design, build, integrate, test launch, operate or manage all forms of space systems, subsystems, launch vehicles, spacecraft, payload or ground systems.
Space systems experts create enhanced cost efficiency and integration of new technologies. The master's in space systems competencies cover the critical systems that graduates find among their responsibilities in the workplace. This includes propulsion systems, power systems, spacecraft environment, astrodynamics, communications and data systems and spacecraft dynamics and control.
Students in this interdisciplinary degree program collaborate with colleagues in a variety of aerospace disciplines. Florida Tech professors are working professionals in the field, as are many of the students whose combined experience provides real-world insight about the industry. Students in the master's in space systems program complete a one-semester space mission team design project in lieu of a thesis.
Students come from diverse backgrounds and collaborate on research and project development, often published in noted industry magazines and journals. Assistantships at NASA, SpaceX and other commercial space companies offer a variety of hands-on space system design and operations experience for students earning a master's in space systems.
There are several career paths for individuals who earn a master's in space systems, including space systems engineer, space systems operations and space systems research. Graduates from Florida Tech are hired by private and government organizations, including Harris Corporation, Boeing, the U.S military, the European Space Agency, Federal Aviation Agency and NASA, among others. Two graduates of the program became NASA astronauts.