Space Studies

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Space Studies looks at spaceflight history, evolution, exploration, astronomy, and orbital mechanics. You will have the opportunity to learn from a former NASA astronaut and other leading practitioners working in national and private space, aerospace, and related organizations. This online certificate also surveys the government and industry participants from the space race starting in the ‘60s through today. This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of space studies without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online certificate was originally designed by former NASA astronaut and Dean of Science and Technology Dr. James Reilly, veteran of three shuttle missions and five spacewalks. Course topics are regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace, and include:

  • Astronomy with lab work
  • Space studies, including policies and technologies
  • Space flight history, developments, and technology
  • Comets, asteroids, and meteorites
  • The history of space
  • Orbital mechanics

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Discuss, describe, and distinguish between the characteristics of each planet in our solar system.
  • Describe rocket fundamentals including propellants, combustion principles, and general components.
  • Analyze the principles of manned and unmanned flight, both within and outside of Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Recall the history and roles of both past and current key space organizations.
  • Compare and contrast the origins and types of comets, asteroids and meteorites.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic laws of planetary motion and gravitation.
  • Solve fundamental two-body orbital mechanics problems.



Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or

Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.