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ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship

Graduate Certificate in Commercial Space Studies


Due to COVID-19, the 2020 cohort is now a hybrid online program.

CSE class visiting NASA's Vertical Assembly Building

 On this page:

  • About the program
  • COVID-19 updates
  • Scholarship opportunities

A partnership between the International Space University and Florida Tech, the Commercial Space Studies graduate certificate complements existing masters-level programs in engineering, business and social sciences. Students gain rigorous, practical training in space finance, policy, management, technology and entrepreneurship.

The only graduate-level certificate program of its kind in the U.S., this program is offered online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and features four fully transferrable graduate level courses in commercial space policy, markets, technology, and entrepreneurship. Students will complete reading, online quizzes, and participate in live video lectures and group discussions with guest speakers.

Students enrolled in ISU Commercial Space Programs graduate certificate will participate in an engaging hybrid online program with all four four courses (almost a full semester of graduate-level work) will be packed into 8 weeks of online work starting on May 18, 2020. This online coursework will cover the same material as the previously planned intensive 6-week program, so get ready to complete a substantial volume of reading, tune in to both livestream and pre-recorded lectures, participate in discussions, and complete quizzes

Students and faculty will meet on Florida’s Space Coast from July 23-25, 2020 for an intensive two weeks of final lectures, visits to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and various science and industry facilities to cap off the program*. During this time, students will get to know each other, take a first-hand look at real space hardware, and give presentations on their entrepreneurial projects, which will be evaluated by finance and industry guests. 

This expedition week is scheduled to coincide with the Mars 2020 rover launch. (NOTE: Launch dates sometimes change, but being on the Space Coast, odds of seeing something exciting are excellent.)
For students unable to travel, arrangements for online participation will be made as practical.

Our faculty has worked hard to ensure this is a deeply informational and interesting online program that delivers the full academic experience.

  • Practical training
  • Small group discussion and lively conversation witha academic mentors
  • Unprecedented networking opportunities at popular launch-viewing events
  • Formal technical exchange opportunities between ISU-CSE faculty, industry executives, government officials, scientists, engineers and investors

All classes are administered by Florida Tech, a national research university. Upon completion of this four-course, summer intensive, students earn a graduate certificate in Commercial Space Studies and credits transferable to partner institutions.

*FIT is first and foremost concerned for the health of our students, faculty, and speakers. We will take every precaution consistent with CDC guidelines to ensure the health of our students. If conditions in late June do not support safe operation of in person classes, the program will be completed with all coursework online.

Tuition for the program is consistent with the "College of Engineering and Science" rate. Scholarships are available.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities:

To apply for a scholarship applicable toward tuition costs, please inquire with Admitted students will be asked to submit a statement of objectives including:

  • Why you believe you qualify for this aid
  • A summary of your individual goals
  • Future plans in the space industry and how you hope to put the skills gained in this program to use.

Visit "How to Apply" to learn more.