Space Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering, Accredited by CEAB

Fall and Winter Entry Available

About the Program

New frontiers offer new challenges. Lassonde’s Space Engineering program will equip you with the technical skills required to design solutions to Earth’s problems using space-based assets while utilizing the principles of systems engineering. 

These solutions require knowledge of all engineering disciplines combined with the knowledge of unique space environments – both in-orbit and on other planets. You will look at the interface of engineering and science through payload and instrument design. Learn from real space missions, starting with initial concept design to hardware and software design, manufacturing, testing and in-orbit operations.

Delve into concepts ranging from spacecraft structures, orbit control and space-to-ground communications to flight software and robotics. As a student, you will learn and practice the design and management of complex multidisciplinary projects that enable missions to the far reaches of the solar system. Beyond these systems engineering skills, the Space Engineering program also helps you develop payload design and development capabilities, understanding scientific phenomena on the Earth and in space, and designing engineering instruments to measure them.

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Advanced knowledge of the systems engineering process and the cross-section of engineering disciplines needed for designing and developing a space mission
  • Payload design and development, covering Earth and Space science, and measurement and instrumentation design to interact with this science.
  • Space mission and vehicle design, space communications, space environment and orbital dynamics
  • Use of software tools for designing and modelling projects involving robotics; Earth observation, planetary missions, communications systems and other space applications are emphasized while frequently using industry standard tools
  • Hardware laboratories provide hands-on learning for many subsystems required in spacecraft design
  • Valuable experience with hardware test methods required prior to spaceflight

Sample Co-op Employers

  • MDA
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Canadensys
  • eSight Corporation
  • Cheelcare

Enhance your Lassonde experience

Co-Op

Work a minimum of 12 months up to a maximum of 20 months while on co-op. You can earn up to 1 year of qualified experience towards your PEng.

Dual Degree

Add a BA in International Development Studies. Available for all of our Engineering programs

BEST Certificate

Through entrepreneurial, academic and experiential achievements during your time at Lassonde, you can earn the BEST Certificate.

Explore Your Passion

Find out more about our School and our programs

Additional Information

You can apply to the Lassonde School of Engineering through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website or you may use York University’s online application.

Use the OUAC application if you are:

  • Current Ontario high school student, or
  • Currently reside in Canada and not currently in an Ontario high school day program, or
  • Canadian citizen/permanent resident residing elsewhere and not attending an Ontario high school, or
  • International applicant (not a Canadian citizen/PR, not residing in Canada and not in Ontario high school)

Use York University’s online application if you are:

  • Previous York student, or
  • Mature or university/college transfer applicant and you’re only applying to York.

Applying to one of our Engineering programs?

Since we offer a common first-year, our engineering programs are merged into a single selection on the OUAC application form Engineering (BEng) – including Co-op.

When we receive your application, you’ll be sent details on how to let us know what your preferred programs are.

You want to explore your passion – we want to help you get there.

And while having good grades usually means you have the academic chops to do well in your classes, it’s your passion for science, technology & engineering that will help you succeed.

That’s why we created Boost, an optional co-application to our School.

Through a digital interview, you’ll get the chance to tell us who you really are and demonstrate to us that you possess the traits of a future Renaissance Engineer – creativity, passion, ingenuity, rational thinking and confidence.

Plus, if you’re an engineering applicant you’ll also have the chance to provide up to three engineering program choices.

Find out more about Boost

Applications Open (OUAC and York Direct) – September, 2019

Boost Co-Application Opens –  Mid December, 2019

Application Deadline – January 15, 2020

Boost Co-App Deadline (Engineering 2nd Year Program Guarantee) – April (exact date TBA)

Ontario Applicants


For all Engineering programs (Including IDS Dual Degree)

  • English
  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

With no prerequisite grade below 70%
Recommended average:
 Low to Mid 80s

For Computer Science or Computer Security

  • English
  • Advanced Functions
  • One other 12U Math course (Calculus & Vectors strongly recommended)
  • For BSc and iBSc programs: All of the above plus Physics or Chemistry

With minimum average of 75% on Math courses, with no Math grade below 65%  
Recommended average: Low to Mid 80s

For Digital Media

  • English
  • One 12U Math course (with minimum grade of 75%)
  • One 12U Arts course or equivalent training recommended
Recommended average: High 70s 

For Earth & Atmospheric Science

  • English
  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors
  • Physics

Chemistry 12 strongly recommended for Atmospheric Science & Space Science streams
Recommended average: High 70s 

Outside Ontario, International & Transfer Applicants


Applying from outside of Ontario? Have a look at our program-specific requirements available here.

It is important that you verify requirements based on where you are coming from, but generally our programs require:

  • Proof of English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers, i.e. IELTS, TOEFL)
  • Upper level Maths
  • Upper level Sciences (Physics and/or Chemistry)
  • Official Transcripts (High School and/or College/University)