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What will I learn?

Space Science is the study of the environment in space beyond the protective layer of our atmosphere. Designed for anyone already holding a Bachelor of Science in any engineering or natural science field, Wichita State’s graduate certificate in space science equips students with the skills to extend their education and employment opportunities into the growing space industry. You'll gain an understanding of what is needed to operate equipment in space, giving you a competitive edge.


The certificate consists of 18 credit hours, including one elective based on your academic and career goals, and four required courses:

  • Space Science Foundations
  • Plasma Physics
  • Earth and Space Physics
  • Ethics of Space Exploration
  • Intermediate Space Dynamics or Nano-Satellite Engineering

Electives give you the opportunity to specialize in areas most pertinent to your desired course of study, and include: Radiation Physics, Astrobiology, Sun-Earth Interaction on the Atmosphere and Nuclear Particle Physics.

Which department am I in?

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,012.00 per year
Start date

16 August 2021


Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

1845 Fairmount Street,



67260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for full-standing degree admission to the specialist and master’s programs typically must have: Earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor’s degree are substantially equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

For international students

Applicants for admission to the space science graduate program for a graduate certificate in space science should have a bachelor's degree in natural science or engineering with a GPA of 3.000/4.000 or higher. The student is expected to write a one paragraph letter of why they want a graduate certificate in space science.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official, acceptable scores for either the TOEFL, the Academic Module of the IELTS examination, or the PTE - Academic. To be acceptable, the score must be sent to WSU directly from the testing agency, and must be less than two years old. The minimum acceptable scores for most programs are: TOEFL (iBT) - 79 or TOEFL (PBT) 550 or IELTS 6.5 overall band score or PTE Academic - 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.