Program Overview

The Master's of Science in Astronautical Engineering from Capitol College, an online-based program, is a great post-bachelor's degree for prospective students with an engineering background and an interest in the ever important and rapidly developing space industry. With a focus on satellite operations, systems engineering, and project management, this degree program aims to provide those enrolled with a greater scientific understanding of space technology. A regionally accredited institution, Capitol College provides practical knowledge and relevant hands-on learning to provide graduates with the skills necessary to successfully compete in the space industry. The flexibility provided by Capitol’s LIVE! platform, their online teaching and content host, allows working students the ability to learn anywhere at their own pace while still receiving quality instruction and feedback.
Core courses include instruction in mathematical modeling, space systems engineering, principles of navigation, orbital mechanics, and spacecraft propulsion and sensors.  Electives can be chosen from a host of offered courses in the subject, including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, spacecraft mission architecture and management, and space mission design, just to name a few. The Capstone Project requires students to propose and carry out a research and development task, starting from the abstract and working all the way through a full-cost proposal. The final presentation of this project will take place over the internet via a live-stream. Graduates of this program will be ready to take on the engineering and management challenges in the space industry.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    The college is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


    • B.S. in Astronautical Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.0. or a B.S. in a closely related field with minimum GPA of 3.0 and  a minimum of 1 year of work experience.
    • A current resume.  
    • Personal Essay on your vision of your career goals in the field of astronautical engineering.

    School Overview

    Capitol Radio Engineering Institute and its founder, Eugene H. Rietzke, initially established a radio and electronics training program, in Washington DC, that taught students through correspondence. However, the program became so successful that by 1932, resident laboratories allowed students to learn  on-campus. Growth continued throughout the 1950s and 60s, as the school relocated and changed names. Studies expanded to include engineering and electronics, and the school began awarding associate’s degrees followed by bachelor’s and then master’s degrees. By the latter part of the century, the institute adopted a new title, Capitol College, and relocated to its final destination in Laurel, Maryland.

    Today, this private, not-for-profit institution is located on a 52-acre campus where students can pursue undergraduate and graduate programs of study, along with the completion of certificates and professional development coursework. Capitol Technology University houses an online network that supports most of its graduate programs, in addition to select undergraduate coursework. Ten different certificate programs, requiring completion of four courses, are offered via accelerated eight-week formats or 16-week on-campus options. Courses are taught in accelerated eight-week and 16-week formats through blended asynchronous assignments and synchronous real-time live audio feeds. Professionals can also complete any of the six online post-baccalaureate certificate programs.


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