Our online programs encompass focused Interdisciplinary Space Studies, graduates will join industry leaders to help guide the sustainable development of Space, and with the support of commercial and international partners will create employment opportunities and enhance the expertise of global citizens to benefit society.

To be awarded a Graduate Certificate, students must take four courses.  Three courses must be taken within the desired Graduate Certificate program.  The fourth course may be taken as an elective from any of the Graduate Studies Programs.

Cosmic Intelligence and Information Systems                 

Students enrolled in this certificate program will study the information systems that govern the cosmos. This program is designed to guide students to use data to improve our understanding of the universe to support space settlement. In addition to evaluating functionality and design, students will explore scientific computing principles, algorithms and simulations to test contemporary theories.

Human Factors for Space Settlement

Students enrolled in this Graduate Certificate program will examine human factors for space settlement, taking into consideration the unique challenges posed by long-term space travel and human habitability in the hazardous space environment. This program is designed to familiarize students with space settlement concepts, functions, and experiences focusing on application and development of related systems to improve safety and advance the performance of equipment, spacecraft design, procedures, health and nutrition. An emphasis will be placed on human centered design systems, related to but not limited to: psychology, perception performance limitations and errors, the human experience and simulations in mixed reality environments, and the evolving impacts of anthropometrics, biomechanics and ergonomics of human effectiveness.

Leadership, Policy, and Governance

Students enrolled in this Graduate Certificate program will study and analyze evolving challenges in the private/public space programs regarding policy perspectives, social structures, and governance models. Students will survey existing international legal and regulatory frameworks for space activities and establish new models and frameworks for the effective performance of stakeholders for long-term sustainable use of space.

Space Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Students enrolled in this Graduate Certificate program will study the economic drivers of sustainable space settlement and commercialization of space exploration addressing industry opportunities. This program examines exploration enterprises in development, launch, operations and disposal to develop mechanisms to drive innovation through technological advances, facilitating social benefits, scientific progress, and breakthroughs in satellite applications.

Space Infrastructure and Sustainable Exploration

Students enrolled in this Graduate Certificate program will investigate technologies to develop space infrastructure and sustainable exploration of the solar system and beyond. This program is designed to guide students through methodologies of building space infrastructure, remote sensing, space science, space management and operations.  In addition to exploring the development of a broad set of space systems, students will delve into surveying supporting systems for space settlement and roadmaps for technological growth and expansion.

Space Philosophy and Theory

Students enrolled in this Graduate Certificate program will study and explore such questions as: What should be the philosophical foundation for the future of humans in space?  What beliefs and values will drive humans in space settlements?  What are the possible futures for humankind if it remains on Cradle Earth and the implications of human settlement beyond? Students will be exposed to historical perspectives of philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, as well as other topics central to understanding humankind’s journey to living and working in space.

Space Technology and Engineering

Students enrolled in this Graduate Certificate program will establish a foundation in space systems, integrated design methodologies, and interdisciplinary engineering sciences. This program guides students through identifying trends, requirements, develop strategies, and implement innovative solutions driven by technological advancements to enable future space settlements.  Students will learn to think critically and gain valuable experiences in applying research and problem-solving skills to evaluate, analyze, and improve processes.

Space Architectural Technology

Students enrolled in this Certificate Program will study the theory and practice of designing and building inhabited environments in outer space. This program is designed to guide students through architectural design of humans living and working environments in space. Students will gain an understanding about designing these forms of architecture and the challenges to ensure and support safety, sustainability, habitability, reliability and crew efficiency, productivity and comfort in the context of extreme environments.

Space Education

Students enrolled in this Graduate Certificate program will study the evolving contemporary issues in education that impacts research, policy, and practice. This program takes an interdisciplinary approach and emphasizes collaboration, investigation of novel educational systems and capacity building in space settlements. In addition to gaining a core foundational knowledge in theory, methods and research in education, students will address a range of domains including: human development, equity, learning and teaching, equality and justice, communities, institutions and societies on Earth and settlements in Space.

Space Systems

Students enrolled in this Certificate Program will study the processes and methods to design spacecraft. This program is guides students through the fundamentals of systems engineering as applied to space systems. Students will gain an understanding of development of space systems and subsystems, techniques and methodologies for scientific analysis and management across operations, systems, mechanical, software, and controls, along with risk assessment and mitigation planning.

Space Science

Students enrolled in this Certificate Program will study the challenges of addressing evolutionary systems for multigenerational success in space settlements. This program takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine the balance of dynamic processes to enable life to flourish in space, focusing on expansion of life support systems, influence of climates and weather conditions, and preservation of resources for generations to follow. Students will gain an understanding about the effects of gravity, interrelationships between celestial bodies, climate cycles, and the impact of human activities on a universal scale. 

Graduate Certificate Programs AREAS OF STUDY

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Cosmic Intelligence & Information Systems

Learn to use data to improve our understanding of the universe to support human space exploration.

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Human Factors for Space Settlement

Investigate unique challenges posed by long-term space travel and human habitability.

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Space Infrastructure & Sustainable Exploration

New technologies to develop space infrastructure and sustainable exploration.

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Space Commercialization & Entrepreneurship

Study the economic drivers of human space exploration addressing industry opportunities.

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Leadership, Policy, & Governance

Survey international legal and regulatory frameworks for space activities.

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Space Philosophy & Theory

Topics central to understanding humanity’s migration to space.

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Space Technology, & Engineering

Establish a foundation in space systems and integrated design methodologies.

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Space Architectural Technology

Study the practice, design and building of inhabited environments in outer space.

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Space Education

Contemporary issues in education that impact research, policy, and practice.

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Space Systems

Study the design, processes and methods for long term operation.

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Space Science

Explore dynamic processes to enable life to flourish in space