The M.S. in Space Studies is geared to help individuals increase their knowledge of space engineering, science, program management and policy. The program includes advanced engineering, biological and physical science classes and introduces students to economics, public policy, and management disciplines, which impact space commercialization and national policy. This program focuses on training scientists and engineers interested in program management providing them with the tools to face the complex challenges inherent in US space policy, human and robotic space exploration, and the role of science in space exploration and technology development.
In addition to science and engineering courses, students will take a solar systems overview course, a Space Studies Seminar taught by industry experts, and cohort courses with students involved in the other tracks listed in this brochure. These courses include a Science Policy and Ethics course, a management course and a corporate seminar. These courses are designed to equip students with the skills needed to connect advanced scientific concepts in a business or governmental setting. Students are educated in the scientific approach to problems, while simultaneously being trained in vital business concepts, policy and ethics issues, verbal and written communication, and rounding out their education with advanced practical training in the field of their interest. This unique combination of an interdisciplinary curriculum and hands-on experience enables students to move seamlessly into the scientific/technical workforce.
The Rice Space Institute, led by Dr. David Alexander, provides a unique collaborative environment in which to meet the educational, research and technological challenges faced by the human and robotic exploration of space.