Master's in Space Systems Management

Master of Science
Classroom, Online, Off-site
Hampton Roads, Huntsville, National Capital Region, Spaceport, Virtual Site
2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog
Major Code: 8315 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom, Online, Off-site Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Hampton Roads, Huntsville, National Capital Region, Spaceport, Virtual Site
Admission Materials: GMAT, GRE recommended

This program meets the professional needs of technical graduates who are, or are looking forward to, assuming more managerial responsibility in some aspect of space systems and need to enhance both managerial and technical skills.

The goal of the Master of Science in Space Systems Management is to prepare individuals for advanced leadership positions in the private, public and military sectors with specific skills and competencies in space systems management.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Space Systems Management program requires a bachelor's degree in a recognized field of engineering or physical science from an accredited curriculum. Coursework must have included mathematics through differential equations and at least one year of calculus-based physics. Proficiency at the undergraduate level in financial accounting and statistics is also required.

In the case of a marginal undergraduate record (GPA less than 3.0), letters of recommendation and results of recent GRE Tests, both General (verbal and quantitative) and Subject (engineering or physics) are required and could be deciding factors. Holders of the Professional Engineer license (or engineering intern status for those less than five years past the bachelor's degree) need not take the GRE Subject Test. Individuals who do not meet the stated requirements for regular admission may petition to take graduate courses for credit as a continuing education applicant.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Science in Space Systems Management is conferred upon students who have successfully completed 36 credit hours of graduate work plus other course requirements as listed on the student's approved graduate program plan. Students without adequate undergraduate background will be required to complete all or part of the program prerequisites listed below.

Required Courses
Management (18 credit hours)

Chosen with a clear focus on management from foundation, core or elective courses offered by the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, via distance learning from extended studies, or from courses with a management emphasis from other academic units at Florida Tech.*

Space Systems (15 credit hours)
  • SPC 5001 Introduction to Space Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes systems engineering, space flight history, space environment, astrodynamics, rocket propulsion, launch vehicle selection, space telecommunications, remote sensing, spacecraft configuration, structures, materials, power and thermal systems, launch and space mission operations, spacecraft navigation, guidance, control and military space applications.

  • SPC 5004 Space Propulsion Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes principles of rocket propulsion, liquid and solid chemical rockets, throttling and thrust vectoring, electric and electromagnetic propulsion, solar sailing, space tethers and nuclear radioisotope, fission reactor and fusion propulsion systems.

  • SPC 5005 Space Power Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes energy conversion and storage in space; chemical, mechanical and thermal energy storage; fuel cell types; photovoltaic cells, thermionic, thermoelectric and radioisotope thermoelectric generators; power generators; space nuclear technology; and space station energy system design.

  • SPC 5012 Spacecraft Environment
    Credit Hours: 3

    The pre- and post-launch interactions between a space vehicle and its environment, including atmospheric density and composition; gravity and free-fall; mechanical, thermal electromagnetic field and energetic particle stresses; space debris impacts; and conducting space tether applications.

  • SPC 5013 Space Systems Astrodynamics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes two- and three-body orbital problems, sun-synchronous mapping orbits, geostationary orbit and perturbations, out-of-plane orbital transfers, orbital rendezvous, ballistic missile problems and patched conic and gravity-assist interplanetary trajectories.

Directed Elective
  • MGT 5020 Applied Management Project
    (serves as the capstone course for the program)
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers concepts, tools and techniques for evaluation of research proposals and studies. Involves designing, conducting, evaluating and presenting oral and written forms of research. Assignments build on quantitative and qualitative research methods.

    Recommended for the graduating semester. May serve as the capstone for certain majors. Must be taken during the last 12 credit hours of the program.
Total Credits Required: 36

*Students must submit a program plan to the academic unit head outlining the six management courses to fulfill the curriculum requirement. Also, students must meet all management course prerequisites as stated in the current catalog.