Mars Studies Program

The Mars Studies Program (MSP) is a six-week certificate Program that explores the science, engineering, technology, and math involved in sustaining systems and life on planet Mars. Students are immersed in a project-based curriculum and hands on activities analog missions and makerspaces with with researchers and faculty to develop the skills and mindset to advance the field and live on planet Mars.


Hands on, Project-based

Learn through applied R&D at local makerspaces and analog research stations


The first in-person academic Program dedicated to making life multiplanetary


Immersive, analog missions

Learn from leading faculty pioneering the research and development

About the Program

Application Window

Nov 15 - Jan 15, 2022,

rolling admissions thereafter as space permits

Program Duration

June 6 - Jul 15, 2022

Course requirements
4-5 Courses


~$7,500 USD for Program


In-person, Hands-on Project based

Time Commitment​

~20-30 hours per week


The Mars Studies Program (MSP) is an intense six-week certificate-based program that provides a detailed technical overview of the science, technologies, and post-arrival activities on the Martian surface. Students develop the skills and mindset on topics related to space settlement systems, engineering, manufacturing, 3D printing, Agriculture, Human Factors, Geology, life support, and more.


for undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals to make an impact on Mars. 

We are discussing about cohosting the in-person Summer Program with the University of Arizona (UA) and Biosphere 2 (B2).The Program hosts around five 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. 

Our Faculty
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Ilaria Cinelli, PhD

Faculty, MarsU

President, Aerospace Human Factors Association


Daniel Tompkins, DPM

Faculty, MarsU

Founder and Agricultural Scientist, Grow Mars


Faculty, MarsU

President, Mars Society



Up to five courses will be held throughout the Program in August 2021. Students are required to complete the Mars 101 Course, a three-hour prerecorded introductory course that is being offered for free to enrolled students. Each Course offers around 10-15 hours of in-class online instruction from Monday to Friday with up to two hours of live lectures and one hour of guest lecturers per weekday. All classes and guest lectures take place in mostly in-person with some online instruction. Class times are coordinated in advance with individual faculty. Deliverables, readings, and files are coordinated by each instructor with a Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas and via email.

GAships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are enrolled students providing academically or research-related services such as admissions engagement, teaching support, accreditation, outreach activities, partnership and grant proposal development, and other activities. For consideration of a partial scholarship or tuition discount, it is recommended to coordinate with MarsU Staff and/or Faculty about the activities you would like to do before submitting your GA application. You may contact info@mars.university to discuss more about the Graduate Assistantship opportunity. GA's should complete at least 80 hours of effort or the amount of effort coordinated with the staff or faculty member. Students and alumni have preference to be considered for paid and volunteer-based positions at MarsU such as an Academic Coordinator, Lead of Logistics, Program Director, and more to develop future academic and research Programs.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Financial aid opportunities and scholarships can be arranged with MarsU and potential partners or sponsors. With the support from our partners and sponsors, we are actively looking to develop partnerships to cover tuition costs for instruction, wages, and administration.


MarsU is not a Title IV institution recognised by the Department of Education and is currently not eligible to support Student Loans. Payment plans can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. We recommend that applicants undertake their own fundraising efforts and coordinate with to increase their chances to receive a scholarship. 

Have a potential sponsor in mind? Contact Nadeem Khattak, Director of Student Services at MarsU at Nadeem@Mars.University or Request a Call.

Team Projects

Students are immersed in teams of three to five people or can lead individual project to advance the learning and retainment of student's passions and course material. Team projects details and topics are coordinated in each course for a grade with individual instructors and may lead to coauthoring research publications for conferences and journals. Students and alumni have the opportunity to present projects during the Annual Mars University Symposium in September 2021 for consideration of a scholarship with the global space community.