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Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate
Main Campus - Melbourne
2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog
GCP Code: 8160 Degree Awarded: Graduate Certificate
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The objective of the commercial space studies certificate program is to provide students an intensive series of courses focused on commercial space intended to supplement traditional engineering, entrepreneurial, business and education curricula, and emphasizes commercial space, technical and entrepreneurial management, and public-private partnerships. 

Applicants must have eamed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent). The degree should be in a technical engineering field, physical or computer sciences, mathematics, business, management or education. Admission evaluation will be based on undergraduate cumulative GPA and documented professional work experience. 

The 15- or 11-week courses adhere to the campus academic schedule (fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks, the summer term, 11 weeks).


All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 will be required for the certificate to be awarded. 

Required Courses
  • BUS 5025 Technological Entrepreneurship
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers leadership, innovation, participation and teamwork. lncludes identifying high-potential commercial space opportunities. Relates to a variety of disciplines (engineering, technology, management, marketing, finance, investing, accounting, banking). 

  • BUS 5027 Global Commercial Space Programs
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers the history of the development of commercial space programs. lncludes key characteristics of commercialization in other industries and the basic processes for strategy assessment in the commercial space environment. Provides an overview and assessment of current commercial actors and enterprises. 

  • ENM 5201 Space Technology and Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines the concepts and technologies of modern space technology and systems that combine science and engineering. Focuses on the scientific and engineering fundamentals of launch vehicle and spacecraft systems and subsystems, and their interactions. 

  • HUM 5131 Global Space Policy and Law
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces the relationships between government actors and national innovation systems. lncludes a background in global space policy necessary to develop and implement effective business strategies. Also includes an in-class simulation of a realistic global policy event involving the interplay of international governmental actors and others. 

Total Credits Requred: 12