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Space Studies

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Space Studies is an interdisciplinary degree with concentrations in aerospace science, astronomy, or space policy. The curriculum for this online space studies program – originally designed by former NASA astronaut Dr. James Reilly, veteran of three shuttle missions and five spacewalks – offers in-depth research projects and prepares you to meet the challenges associated with humankind’s exploration and usage of space.

This master’s program is taught by experienced astronomy and aerospace leaders who are practitioners in their fields. Knowledge obtained from this program is useful preparation for a career as an aerospace operations engineer/technician, observatory telescope operator, planetarium astronomer, space industry administrator, space journalist, or military space systems specialist. And, because the program offers 18 hours of graduate credits in the discipline, it will prepare you to teach at a college level.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • Develop an appreciation of the foundations and importance of space studies in the role of human space exploration/understanding of the cosmos.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative research and statistical data related to the support of aerospace science, astronomy, or space policy concepts.
  • Assess the history, chronology, and concepts for placing manned and unmanned vehicles in space.
  • Evaluate the importance of remote sensing satellites used to observe our Earth and other celestial bodies in the Solar System.
  • Synthesize the psychological and physiological elements necessary to support human life in the space environment, including spacesuit design/development.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Aerospace Science

Explores aerodynamics and propulsion systems, and their use in creating reliable aircraft and rockets. Topics include rocket theory and the potential future of rocketry. 

Sample Courses

  • SPST503 - Chronology of Space
  • SPST611 - Aircraft Propulsion Systems
  • SPST612 - Rocket Propulsion
  • SPST613 - Satellite Communications
  • SPST615 - Aerodynamics
  • SPST616 - Aircraft Design
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Astronomy

Prepares you for employment in the observatory, planetarium, or college classroom. A diverse range of courses provide an inclusive synopsis of astronomy – from the Solar System to stars and galaxies. You will learn about astronomical instrumentation, with the opportunity to access the university’s observatory and the PlaneWave CDK24 robotic telescope.

Sample Courses

  • SPST630 - Planetary and Solar System Studies
  • SPST631 - Astrophysical Studies
  • SPST632 - Lunar Geology
  • SPST633 - Astronomical Instrumentation
  • SPST634 - Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites
  • SPST635 - History of Astronomy
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Space Policy

Cultivates leaders in the space industry, not only in NASA, but in the commercial realm of space operations. This concentration is ideal if you already have an administrative or business background. Coursework includes space diplomacy and law, space operations and organizations, as well as the historical, political, economic, legal, commercial, scientific, and technical challenges comprising this complex and rapidly changing discipline.

Sample Courses

  • SPST621 - Current and Emerging Space Powers
  • SPST622 - Space Policy
  • SPST623 - National Space Organization
  • SPST628 - Space Operations Structure and Design
  • SPST640 - Space Cooperation and Diplomacy
  • SPST671 - Space Law

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

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 AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. 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

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

AMU 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.