The Center for Space Entrepreneurship exists to fill an acute need for effectively educated leaders in the complex, emerging industry of Commercial Space. In the increasingly-populus environment of space commerce, industry leaders will succeed through subject matter expertise, critical business evaluation skills, and a global mindset.

Located at Florida Institute of Technology on Florida’s Space coast, CSE’s proximity to established commercial space ventures and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center offers students a combination of practical training, networking opportunities at popular launch viewing events, and hands-on industry experience.

Under the leadership of proven industry and academic figures including NASA experts and private-sector pioneers alike, CSE students will receive a balance of valuable academic and real-world insight for the economy of tomorrow.

Upon completion of all four courses, students will earn a Graduate Certificate in Commercial Space Studies. It is recommended that students enroll in all four courses at once, as developing business plans as a cohesive team is a core feature of the program.

Graduate Certificate in Commercial Space Studies

The objective of the Commercial Space Studies Graduate Certificate is to provide students an intensive series of courses focused on commercial space intended to supplement traditional engineering, entrepreneurial, and business, and education curricula with an emphasis in Commercial Space, technical and entrepreneurial management, and public-private partnerships. The Commercial Space Studies program is globally unique which will shape the world’s next generation of space leaders who will complete advance the commercial space revolution.

Course Descriptions

Technological Entrepreneurship in Space - BUS 5025

Credit hours: 3

Technological Entrepreneurship is a practical, interactive class that involves identifying high-impact, high-potential commercial opportunities including repeatable and scalable business models. In this course, students will experience all the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage startup, and will work as a team to turn an idea into an opportunity.

Global Commercial Space Programs - BUS 5027

Credit hours: 3

This course will give students tools to become effective leaders in the commercial space sector through historical perspective, identifying key industry characteristics, understanding business strategy and commercialization processes, and assessment of current enterprises. Students will end this immersive course by making presentations evaluating the various participants using the analytical tools described throughout the course.

Global Space Policy and Law - HUM 5131

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with a realistic simulation of a global policy event involving international governmental actors and major industry players. Students will be assessed on their communication skills when dealing with actual senior figures in government, industry and academia, who will be participating in the course, and will gain an understanding of global space policy.

Space Technology and Systems - ENM 5201 

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide a broad overview of the fundamentals of space technology and its applications in space systems at a sufficient level for the management and assessment of technical programs. Attention will be given to the scientific and engineering fundamentals of launch vehicles, spacecraft systems, and subsystem. Students will be evaluated based on their understanding of technical concepts or ideas related to space systems and their participation in a small-group design activity.

Excellence in Space Entrepreneurship Team Project

Credit Hours: 3

Description: The Excellence in Space Entrepreneurship (EISE) Course is a required element of the application process for the UCF Business Incubation Program. The BASIC program will be adapted to the specifics of entrepreneurship in the space industry.
Session 1 – Developing Successful Business Ideas

  • Is your business concept an idea or truly an opportunity? Learn how to tell the difference.  Learn how to analyze the opportunity to develop an effective business model.

Session 2 – Building a Strong Business Team

  • The product or service you will offer is important. Even more important is the team you build – management, employees, Board, investors, service providers. Learn how to build the best team possible to drive the success of your new venture.
  • Session 3 – Proper Legal and Ethical Foundations
  • Many decisions are involved in establishing a new venture. Learn what the legal options are.  Explore how to establish high standards of business ethics.
  • Session 4 – Marketing Strategies and Effective Sales
  • No matter how beneficial your product or service is, if you don’t know who the customer is and tell the message in an effective way to get their attention, you won’t have sales.
  • Session 5 – Funding and Financing
  • You’ve analyzed the opportunity and begun to build a team to drive success. You’ve written a great business plan.  How do you secure the financial resources to make it all happen?
  • Session 6 – Entrepreneurial Insights
  • A panel of experienced entrepreneurs will share their insights “from the trenches”. What have they learned?  What would they do differently?  What is their advice to you?
  • Session 7 – Business Presentations
  • You will have the opportunity to make a presentation to a group of experienced entrepreneurs and get feedback about your business, market and financial opportunities.
  • Session 8 – Business Presentations

You will have the opportunity to make a presentation to a group of experienced entrepreneurs and get feedback about your business, market and financial opportunities.

Required Courses

Core courses (12 credits) – take all classes from the following list:

BUS 5027 Global Commercial Space Programs
ENM 5201 Space Technology and Systems
HUM 5131 Global Space Policy and Law
BUS 5025 Technological Entrepreneurship in Space