M.S. in Engineering Physics


The Master of Science in Engineering Physics degree program provides graduate-level education and training in space science and space systems engineering. The goal is to provide graduates with the skills that will allow them to make an immediate contribution to the space-related industries or to proceed to doctoral studies in a wide variety of disciplines. This program’s objectives are:

  • Fundamental understanding of scientific and engineering approaches to conceiving and designing complex spacecraft systems.
  • Development of the diverse set of research skills required to evolve the state of the art in the areas of space science and engineering.

The program specifically emphasizes scientific instrumentation, applied optics, remote sensing, spacecraft subsystems (power, attitude, and thermal control), and a wide variety of topics in space science and engineering.

This program is heavily research oriented, with a majority of the faculty in the Department of Physical Sciences actively involved in scholarly activities in the space sciences and engineering. The research areas include experimental programs with satellite systems, sounding rockets, ground-based remote-sensing experiments, and a parallel program of theoretical studies in the areas of space systems engineering, upper atmospheric physics, space physics, and plasma and magnetospheric physics.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum consists of 15 credits of required coursework, with an additional 15 credits of electives and/or thesis research.

The core courses emphasize the heavily technical nature of the space sciences and require an undergraduate degree in Physics, Engineering, or a related field (such as Mathematics or Chemistry) for preparation.

Master of Science in Engineering Physics

Option Core Courses Electives Thesis Total
Thesis 15 6 9 30
Non-Thesis 15 15 0 30
Core Courses
EP 501Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists3
EP 505Spacecraft Dynamics and Control3
EP 509Advanced Space Physics3
EP 600Experimental Methods in Space Science3
EP 605Spacecraft Power and Thermal Design3
Electives (others available on a rotating basis)
AE 508Intermediate Heat Transfer3
AE 514Introduction to the Finite Element Method3
AE 520Perturbation Methods in Engineering3
AE 524Rocket Engine Propulsion Systems3
BA 511Operations Research3
EP 696Graduate Internship in Engineering Physics3
EP 699Special Topics in Engineering Physics3
MA 502Boundary Value Problems3
MA 504Theory of the Potential3
MA 506Probability and Statistical Inference3
MA 510Fundamentals of Optimization3
SE 500Software Engineering Discipline3
SE 545Specification and Design of Real-Time Systems3
SE 585Metrics and Statistical Methods for Software Engineering3
SE 610Software Systems Architecture and Design3
SE 655Performance Analysis of Real-Time Systems3
EP 700Thesis1-9