The Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems Certificate recognizes student accomplishments at the graduate level in successfully completing a specialized program of study in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation (ASN). It is essentially a specialization of the AES MS degree in the ASN focus area, with additional requirements for breadth and depth in the ASN area. The certificate will make students more desirable to future employers looking for astrodynamics and satellite navigation specialists.

This certificate is available to graduate degree-seeking and non-matriculated students. Additional certificate information can be found on the department's Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems Certificate webpage.

Distance Education Option

Students can take individual courses toward a master's degree or graduate certificate through distance education (online). For more information, connect with the individual graduate program directly.


Admissions Requirements

  • Completed undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or its equivalent. 
  • Undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations, two semesters of undergraduate calculus-based physics, and at least two semesters of upper-division undergraduate courses in engineering or physics. 
  • Ability to program at a level that will enable successful completion of graduate course assignments.

For more information, degree-seeking students may visit the AES Certificates webpage; nondegree-seeking and non-matriculated students may visit the AES Certificates & Continuing Education webpage.

Certificate Requirements

Complete all four core area subjects in ASN, plus two advanced ASN courses of the student's choosing (18 credit hours) 

Core Requirements 1
ASEN 5010Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control3
ASEN 5050Space Flight Dynamics 23
ASEN 5044Statistical Estimation for Dynamical Systems 33
ASEN 5090Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems3
Advanced Requirements
Select any two 6000-level ASN courses, including but not limited to:6
Interplanetary Mission Design
Advanced Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
Spacecraft Formation Flying
Optimal Trajectories
Advanced Astrodynamics
Satellite Geodesy
Statistical Orbit Determination
Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Software and Applications
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Receiver Architecture
Special Topics 4
Total Credit Hours18