MS - Commercial Enterprise in Space

Master of Science
Classroom, Online, Off-site
Spaceport, Virtual Site
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 8138 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom, Online, Off-site Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Spaceport, Virtual Site
Admission Materials: None  

The Master of Science in Commercial Enterprise in Space enhances skills, knowledge and abilities needed by private and public sector officials with duties and responsibilities in space technology management, innovation, national security, international law and treaties, and human space flight.

The program explores current strategies and private sector and government responses to exploit space for commercial business enterprise development through a multidisciplinary approach to rapidly changing space technologies and commercial opportunities for space exploration and business investment.

The goal of the program is to prepare individuals for operational leadership within a broad spectrum of commercial space technology and business development positions within the private for-profit sector, and nonprofit public and local government sectors. Graduates will be able to manage innovation in commercial exploration of space, understand and respond to human spaceflight conditions and U.S. national security interests, and understand and respond to international law and treaties on space exploration and commercial development.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with an acceptable cumulative GPA from an accredited college. Any recognized undergraduate degree may be considered including those earned through distance learning (online). Applicants are preferred to have professional work experience or a developing interest in the areas of space technology, commercial business development, innovation and entrepreneurship or national security management. General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section of this catalog. Applicants who do not meet the stated requirements for regular admission may petition to take graduate courses for credit as a continuing education applicant.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Commercial Enterprise in Space is conferred on students who have successfully completed 36 semester credit hours of instruction in the core curriculum. Additional prerequisites may be required of those whose undergraduate preparation is insufficient.

Program Prerequisite

(noncredit for this program)

  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 3

    Real-number system; arithmetic operations with polynomials, special products and factoring; linear, fractional and quadratic equations; inequalities, exponents, radicals and absolute values; functions and graphs; and complex numbers, logarithms, logarithmic and exponential functions. Credit can only be applied toward business, communication, humanities, management, psychology or computer information systems degrees at Florida Tech.


    MTH 0111 or MTH 1011

    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course

Note: Computer literacy is required as a prerequisite. It can be demonstrated by the applicant's undergraduate coursework, passing a proficiency examination offered by the extended studies department or by completing a suitable computer course.

Required Courses
  • BUS 5487 New Venture Development
    Credit Hours: 3

    Students examine the critical elements of creating and nurturing new business ventures; screen and evaluate ideas in the formulation phase, identify sources of funds and determine means to obtain financing; select a start-up activity and prepare a business plan that represents the basis for forming a company.

  • BUS 5858 Leading in the Technology-Oriented Enterprise
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines the leadership challenges inherent in managing a technology-oriented enterprise. Presents various leadership approaches and describes their application in managing innovation and technology. Also addresses the role of leadership in system design and development in integrated product teams.

  • MGT 5004 Commercial Enterprise in Space Capstone
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers concepts, tools and techniques for evaluating research proposals and studies. Involves designing, conducting, evaluating and presenting oral and written research. Builds on quantitative and qualitative research methods through assignments. Serves as the capstone course for the program.

    Recommended for the graduating semester.
  • MGT 5005 National Security Issues in Space
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines U.S. national security issues of telecommunications, imaging and physical devices/satellites in space related to the commercialization of space. Considers the role of governments to provide security, and protect and safeguard national assets in space. Discusses the historical roles of the U.S. military and NASA in space vehicle launches.

  • MGT 5009 International Law and Treaties in Space
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines known and anticipated international laws and treaties governing access to and ownership of outer space. Explores international and cross-national issues relating to launch and maintenance of orbiting vehicles/stations and surface bases in space. Also explores issues relating to legal liabilities from accidents or incidents in outer space.

  • MGT 5134 Commercial Enterprise in Space
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes economic considerations of space processing and Earth resources observation; history of in-space experimentation and developments; definition of Earth's orbital environment and its attendant commercial advantages; launch operations and landing/retrieval; financial/profit considerations of operating in space; and current commercial space opportunities and risks.

  • MGT 5137 The Management of Engineering and Technology
    Credit Hours: 3

    Explores relationships between technology, innovation, management and business operations. Studies technology strategy in terms of the discovery-product-market path. Relates the management functions of planning, organizing and controlling to life cycles. Uses case studies.

  • MGT 5146 Management of Innovation
    Credit Hours: 3

    Considers innovation in a historical context, organizing organizational culture and innovation, managing cross-functional teams, venturing and organization learning, intra- and entrepreneurship, managing R&D resources, executive leadership and the management of innovation and change, and designing innovative organizations.


    MGT 5013 

  • SPC 5001 Introduction to Space Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes systems engineering, space flight history, space environment, astrodynamics, rocket propulsion, launch vehicle selection, space telecommunications, remote sensing, spacecraft configuration, structures, materials, power and thermal systems, launch and space mission operations, spacecraft navigation, guidance, control and military space applications.

  • SPC 5011 Human Space Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    The role of astronauts in space. Astronaut and cosmonaut achievements in space research, extravehicular activity, long-duration space flight and lunar exploration. The space shuttle, space stations, future space habitats, lunar bases and expansion into heliocentric space.

  • SPC 5012 Spacecraft Environment
    Credit Hours: 3

    The pre- and post-launch interactions between a space vehicle and its environment, including atmospheric density and composition; gravity and free-fall; mechanical, thermal electromagnetic field and energetic particle stresses; space debris impacts; and conducting space tether applications.

  • SPC 5066 Spaceflight Human Physiology
    Credit Hours: 3

    Emphasizes the physiologic capabilities and limitations of astronauts. Reviews data for each phase of space flight from the U.S. and Russian space programs. Previews human participation in long-duration space station, lunar and planetary missions.

Total Credits Required: 36