Certificate in Mars Settlement and Exploration

Application Window

Open: April 13, 2021
Deadline: May 23, 2021 (11:59 PM)

rolling admissions thereafter as space permits

Entry Term
Aug 2 - Aug 22, 2021

Course requirements
4 Courses


$800 USD per Course

$3,200 USD for MSE Program


Online, executive-style

Time Commitment​

15hrs of live synchronous classes per week


Students are immersed in an interactive three-week Program to learn about the science and systems involved in Mars settlement and exploration. The remote learning program provides an online certificate to train young professionals, researchers, and early settlers about Mars 101, human factors, life support, settlement operations, agriculture, geology, and more. Through a series of workshops,  small class sizes, team projects, and guest lectures from NASA, SpaceX, ESA, and industry, students develop the knowledge, capability, and mindset to apply the knowledge to research, exploration, and development of Mars and space.


The Program hosts four courses provided by Mars University that are geared toward young professionals with a science or engineering background. MSE Program is open to humans from any background, major, and age intended for people with a bachelor's or undergraduate degree from a higher education institution. 

Curriculum Vitae

Either standard or CV can be tailored as if you are applying to be an Astronaut and early settler on Mars.

Statement of Interest

Applicants are encouraged to write a Statement of Interest which should be no more than 750 words that addresses your interests and preferred focus area(s). Please describe your passion for research, ability to overcome obstacles, and your professional goals and projects during and after the Program.

English Language:

MarsU does not require a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (ELTS) scores for this Program. All participants are expected to have elementary proficiency in English in order to register and successfully participate.

Application Fee

The application fee is waived for the Program.

Application Requirements
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