Renewing the future – ISU Master of Space Studies Program
ISU is pleased to announce that over the coming months it will be conducting a reimagining and renewal of its highly successful Master of Space Studies (MSS) program.
Since its inception in 1995 this core ISU program - encapsulating ISU’s international, intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to space education - has produced multi-skilled graduates able to meet the demands of the space sector, whether in government, industry or academia. As the MSS approaches its 20th year, ISU is committed to reviewing its achievements to date, promoting its most successful aspects and identifying new areas for innovation in order to provide its graduates with the maximum opportunity to develop their subsequent careers.
As a result, in time for the start of MSS14 (academic year 2013-2014), ISU will be examining the structure of the MSS program with the aim of enhancing its interdisciplinary nature still further, while offering additional opportunities to its students. It is anticipated that optional/elective modules will form part of the new MSS, together with the possibility of students taking a second ‘thesis year’. At the same time, the current two possible end qualifications will be focused into a single one (MSS).
Overview of MSS Program
The ISU Master of Space Studies (MSS) program is designed for students looking for the competitive edge that will help them obtain a career in the space sector, professionals interested in making a career move into or within the space sector, and researchers wishing to broaden their knowledge or make the move from academic life into the space industry.
During their studies students will:
- Broaden their knowledge of space activities and issues.
- Develop the necessary skills to work effectively in a "3i" environment: international - interdisciplinary - intercultural.
- Interact with professionals working in the heart of the industry.
- Apply acquired knowledge and skills in a space context.
The program is divided into 6 modules and students successfully completing all 6 modules will be awarded a degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Space Studies.
The ISU Admissions Committee assesses applicants to the MSS program based on their academic and professional qualifications, their achievements, and their proficiency in English.
Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent, including 3 years of studies as a minimum, awarded by an accredited university. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree under the new Bologna scheme are welcome to apply. Information on academic qualification equivalencies may be obtained from the ISU Admissions Office.
Preference is given to applicants holding higher academic degrees and to applicants with professional experience in the industry, government agencies or academic institutions.
Tuition & fees
Tuition fee for the MSS program 2014-2015 is € 25,000. Payment may also be made in US dollars at the inter-bank exchange rate on the date of payment.
Fees remain unchanged whether the program is studied on a full-time basis (during the course of one academic year) or in modules (to be completed within a seven-year period). However, it should be noted that there is a registration fee of € 400 that will be charged each time a student registers for a subsequent module or a series of modules.
Deadlines for applications and financial aid
The earlier candidates apply, the greater their chances of obtaining financial aid through ISU.
Applicants for the MSS 2014-2015 requesting scholarships should apply online on the ISU website before 15 March 2014. Applicants not in need of financial aid can apply until 30 June 2014. Scholarships will be awarded within the limits of funds available. All applicants should mark the relevant box on the Confidential Financial Information form of the application.
The Admissions Committee will notify applicants of its decision within five weeks after receiving a complete* application.
*Copies of transcripts plus the two letters of recommendation must follow within 2 weeks of the deadline.
Applications submitted after the dates listed above will be accepted subject to availability of places.