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Master of Science in Commercial Enterprise in Space

The Master of Science in Commercial Enterprise in Space enhances skills, knowledge and abilities needed by private and public sector officials with duties and responsibilities in space technology management, innovation, national security, international law and treaties, and human space flight.

The program explores current strategies and private sector and government responses to exploit space for commercial business enterprise development through a multidisciplinary approach to rapidly changing space technologies and commercial opportunities for space exploration and business investment.

The goal of the program is to prepare individuals for operational leadership within a broad spectrum of commercial space technology and business development positions within the private for-profit sector, and nonprofit public and local government sectors. Graduates will be able to manage innovation in commercial exploration of space, understand and respond to human spaceflight conditions and U.S. national security interests, and understand and respond to international law and treaties on space exploration and commercial development.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with an acceptable cumulative GPA from an accredited college. Any recognized undergraduate degree may be considered including those earned through distance learning (online). Applicants are preferred to have professional work experience or a developing interest in the areas of space technology, commercial business development, innovation and entrepreneurship or national security management. General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section of the university catalog. Applicants who do not meet the stated requirements for regular admission may petition to take graduate courses for credit as a continuing education applicant.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Commercial Enterprise in Space is conferred on students who have successfully completed 36 semester credit hours of instruction in the core curriculum. Additional prerequisites may be required of those whose undergraduate preparation is insufficient.

Program Prerequisite (noncredit for this program)

MTH 1701 College Algebra

Note: In addition, computer literacy is required as a prerequisite. It can be demonstrated by the applicant’s undergraduate coursework, passing a proficiency examination offered by the extended studies department or by completing a suitable computer course.

Required Courses (12 courses)  CREDITS 
BUS 5487 New Venture Development 3
BUS 5858 Leading in the Technology-Oriented Enterprise 3
MGT 5004 Commercial Enterprise in Space Capstone 3
MGT 5005 National Security Issues in Space 3
MGT 5009 International Law and Treaties in Space 3
MGT 5134 Commercial Enterprise in Space 3
MGT 5137 The Management of Engineering and Technology 3
MGT 5146 Management of Innovation 3
SPC 5001 Introduction to Space Systems 3
SPC 5011 Human Space Systems 3
SPC 5012 Spacecraft Environment 3
SPC 5066 Spaceflight Human Physiology 3

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 36