Capitol College Introduces New Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering Degree
LAUREL, Md. (May 5, 2011) – Capitol College has introduced the new master’s degree in astronautical engineering (MSAE) for its Fall 2011 semester. The program is designed to enhance the careers of engineers working in the aerospace industry and for those with B.S. degrees in science or engineering who desire to find work in the aerospace industry.
The master’s in astronautical engineering will focus on project management, remote sensing, systems engineering, satellite operations and mission planning. Rather than focus on just the theoretical aspects of the subject, classes and projects will feature hands-on learning, and provide the experience necessary for continued career growth and success.
“The master’s degree in astronautical engineering is a fine example of Capitol College responding to workforce needs of the region and the nation,” Dr. Vic Maconachy, vice president for academic affairs, said. “The increased use of space by government as well as commercial ventures creates a need for advanced education in this arena.”
After completing the program, students will be prepared to be leaders in the aerospace industry. The focus on systems engineering and satellite operations will prepare graduates for leadership roles in all phases of a satellite mission design, planning and operations. In addition, graduates may choose to study the earth’s global environment, and become familiar with the long-term implications of environmental changes on society. The importance of cybersecurity in astronautical engineering will also be stressed.
Historically, Capitol College has created its graduate programs as an extension of its undergraduate degrees. Already offering an ABET accredited bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering, the master’s degree demonstrates the synergy of Capitol’s strong curriculum.
The program will consist of six core classes, two capstone classes and eight electives covering a variety of topics. The coursework is designed to prepare graduates for the rigors of employment at nearby government agencies and engineering companies, including NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Students will be required to complete 30 credits, including a capstone project, in order to earn the degree.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master's degrees, a doctor of science in information assurance, professional development training and certificates. Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. www.capitol-college.edu.
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