Commercial Space Studies Certificate

Commercial Space Studies Certificate

Launch Your Future In Commercial Space

Be in the next class of the Commercial Space Studies Graduate Certificate Program!

Class of Students Studying under space shuttle Atlantis

Enroll now to be part of the next class of the Commercial Space Studies program, hosted by the International Space University-Center for Space Entrepreneurship (ISU-CSE) at Florida Tech.

This space-focused, multidisciplinary program is only graduate-level certificate of its kind in the U.S., and provides rigorous, practical training in the nuances of space finance, policy, management, technology and entrepreneurship. Master’s students and young professionals from around the world will gain valuable academic and real-world insight to spark economic innovation in the fast-emerging commercial space industry.

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  2. Download the Grad Guide!

  3. At an Education Center near you
  4. Get the Education Center Brochure

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You have two graduate study opportunities:

  1. On Campus
  2. Download the Grad Guide!

  3. 100% Online
  4. Learn more about Florida Tech Online

You have two graduate study opportunities:

  1. At an Education Center near you
  2. Get the Education Center Brochure

  3. 100% Online
  4. Learn more about Florida Tech Online

CSE class visiting NASA's Vertical Assembly Building

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.

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.

How To Apply

Ready to spend the summer focused on commercial space? To apply to the Commercial Space Studies graduate certificate program, please complete the application for graduate admission

The Commercial Space Studies certificate program requires a transcript confirming that you possess minimum of a bachelor's degree (or will have earned a bachelor's degree), and academic GPA of minimum 3.0 on a 4-point scale. All applicants must send an official certified transcript to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the registrar of each college or university the applicant has attended. International students who have prior university-level educational experience outside the US must provide English translations of transcripts.

Documents may be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
Florida Institute of Technology
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901

For more information, visit Graduate Admissions.

A maximum of 50 students will be admitted.

For International (non-U.S.) Students:

Once your application is processed, our staff will provide you with an invitation letter that may facilitate your application for a B-1 (tourist visa) to enter the United States for the ISU-CSE two-week in-person portion of the summer program.  If you already are in possession of a B-1 visa, there is no need to apply for another.

If you are a continuing student in the U.S. and you have had at least one semester of study before this summer program, you should continue to operate under your existing visa.

What courses will I take?

The Commercial Space Studies graduate certificate program consists of four courses and a team project. The credits are currently transferable to Florida Tech and select partner universities with other university acceptances planned in the future.

If you are interested in transferring the ISU-CSE courses to your home university, please reach out via the contact page.

Students successfully completing all four courses of ISU-CSE will receive a Graduate Certificate in Commercial Space Programs.

BUS 5027: Global Commercial Space Programs

Gives students tools to become effective leaders in the commercial space sector through historical perspective, identifying key industry characteristics, understanding business strategy and commercialization processes, and assessment of current enterprises. Students will end this immersive course by making presentations evaluating the various participants using the analytical tools described throughout the course.

ENM 5201: Space Technology and Systems

Provides a broad overview of the fundamentals of space technology and its applications in space systems at a sufficient level for the management and assessment of technical programs. Attention will be given to the scientific and engineering fundamentals of launch vehicles, spacecraft systems, and subsystem. Students will be evaluated based on their understanding of technical concepts or ideas related to space systems and their participation in a small-group design activity.

HUM 5131: Global Space Policy and Law

Provides students with a realistic simulation of a global policy event involving international governmental actors and major industry players. Students will be assessed on their communication skills when dealing with actual senior figures in government, industry and academia, who will be participating in the course, and will gain an understanding of global space policy.

BUS 5025: Technological Entrepreneurship in Space

A practical, interactive class that involves identifying high-impact, high-potential commercial opportunities including repeatable and scalable business models. In this course, students will experience all the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage startup, and will work as a team to turn an idea into an opportunity.

Excellence in Space Entrepreneurship (EISE) Team Project

A survey of the skills, strategies and characteristics needed to launch and manage a successful entrepreneurial space venture. The course uses texts, case studies, speakers and current events to introduce foundational entrepreneurship concepts (strategy, accounting, marketing, manufacturing, management) in the context of commercial spaceflight. A summary team business project and pitch will be the final deliverable.

What partners are involved in Commercial Space Studies?

The International Space University-Center for Space Entrepreneurship (ISU-CSE) and the Commercial Space Studies graduate certificate program would not be possible without the support and collaboration of its many partners.

Founding Partners

The ISU-CSE and the Commercial Space Studies program is a partnership between The International Space University and Florida Tech.

International Space University

The International Space University is a private non-profit institution dedicated to developing the future leaders of the world space community. Through its interdisciplinary educational programs, it offers students and space professionals a unique core curriculum covering all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises, space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 4,600 students from 105+ countries. The university is based in Strasbourg, France, with satellite locations around the world.

Florida Tech

Celebrating 60 years of relentlessly pursuing greatness, Florida Tech was founded in 1958 at the dawn of the Space Race that would soon define the Atlantic coast of Florida and captivate the nation. Now the premier private technological university in the Southeast, Florida Tech is a "Tier 1 Best National University" in U.S. News & World Report and one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Ranked among the top 5 percent of 18,000 degree-granting institutions worldwide in the 2018-19 World University Rankings and named one of just 14 U.S.-based Golden Age universities in 2018 by Times Higher Education, Florida Tech is one of the nation’s "Best Value Colleges" as determined by Forbes. Florida Tech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and aviation, engineering, computing and cybersecurity, business, science and mathematics, psychology, education and communication. Learn more About Florida Tech.

University Partners

  • Ohio State University

Supporting Partners

  • The Aerospace Company
  • Space Angels
  • NASA
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Delaware North
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