USC Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering

USC Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering : Overview (video; 53 min)

USC program Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering : update (pdf)
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MS ASTE at your fingertips (2 pages - pdf)

about USC MS ASTE in Acta Astronatica, v. 103, pp. 92-105, 2014

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Trojans in Space - USC Astronauts

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USC Astronautics Alumni, Students, Faculty, and Friends

The network of the alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the USC Astronautics, a rapidly growing nationally-prominent program offering degrees in astronautical engineering. Hundreds of our alumni work in the leading American space companies and government research and development centers.

The true story ... Now it can be told

We welcome not only our current and former students with the degrees in Astronautical Engineering (or the old degree Aerospace Engineering, with specialization in Astronautics), but also all current and former USC students who took our space classes and are part of the great space enterprise. USC Astronautics began as a space engineering specialization in the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California. Today, it is an independent space-focused Department of Astronautical Engineering in the Viterbi School. (Astronautics program history, focus, dynamics .)

Please check the statistics on the number of awarded degrees  (37 Master of Science degrees awarded  annually, on average, during the last 8 academic year) and program reach. Almost 1100 graduate students took the flagship Astronautics course ASTE-520 (old AE-501 and AME-501) Spacecraft Systems Design during the last ten years.

In addition, we welcome to this USC-Astronautics LinkedIn group our program friends and supporters, all those space professionals (space/defense industry, national labs and FFRDCs, government, academia, space advocates) who are interested in and support our program.

Periodically, our group members post job offerings -- many will certainly find them useful.

Connect with your fellow Astro-Trojans. 

Ad Astra!


In order to get the T-shirt, join the group and follow the posted instructions.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) at the 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Orlando, Fla., with the USC-Astronautics rocket-scientist T-shirt ; Mike Gruntman is on the right; VSOE MAPP's Billy Schwerin is behind the desk in the center. January 5, 2011.

Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin (center) and the instructor of ASTE's Space Architecting Studio Madhu Thangavelu (right) with the USC-Astronautics rocket scientist T-shirt; ASTE graduate student Sam Barbour is next to Aldrin and Mike Gruntman is on the left. December 13, 2012.  


This USC Astronautics LinkedIn networking group launched on 11 April 2009.

More than 560 members as of October 2014.

To join the group :

If you are new to LinkedIn ...
First you need to join LinkedIn. Then, search LinkedIn groups for "USC Astronautics" and request to join our group.

Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering (MS ASTE)

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