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Multiplanetary Engineering

The world’s first academic program dedicated to making life multi-planetary equips you with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to pioneer the research and development to make life multi-planetary. To accommodate your career, the accelerated program is delivered through blended online education, meaning that you can continue working full time and be based in your home community while earning a professional certificate


One of the World's first academic program dedicated to Mars and making life multi-planetary

Mars Settlement and Exploration

A project-based curriculum that applies knowledge and cutting edge research to open the next frontier


Learn from 6+ renowned faculty from leading space organizations and agencies

About the Program

Priority Application Deadline
11:59 PM, Nov 30, 2021

rolling admissions thereafter as space permits

Entry Term
Jan 3  - Mar 11, 2022

Course requirements
4 Courses with a capstone



Online, Interactive

Part-time, Working Professionals

Upcoming Events

Program Kick-Off, Sep 24


Multiplanetary Engineering (ME) Program is a synchronous ten-week online Program that explores the engineering, technologies, organisms, science, and materials involved in sustaining a settlement on the Martian surface. ME includes an intensive curriculum with graduate-level courses about how additive manufacturing, in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), agriculture, synthetic biology, geochemistry, and bioremediation will support the development of a Mars colony. 


Join the first cohort of ME students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary learn about the systems involved in organisms, technologies, and operations from eight faculty, 20+ guest lecturers, and engineers.

The non-accredited ME program is open to humans from any background and age who are at least enrolled as a first-year student in a bachelor's or undergraduate degree from a higher education institution. Students are immersed in a multidisciplinary curriculum of four interactive courses with the option to choose and enroll in desired courses. After successful completion of the four courses, graduated students will receive a professional certificate


1. Geochemistry, Astrobiology, and Bioremediation (GAB-301)

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2. Additive Manufacturing and ISRU (AMI-302)

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3. Technology and Systems (TS-303) explores the components and core technologies, involved in sustaining a settlement on the surface of Mars. Students learn a detailed engineering overview on the design, build, and operations of mission-critical systems in an interacti,ve and lecture-oriented virtual environment. Scholars are quizzed from readings, lectures, homework, and weekly case studies designed to deepen the learning and retainment of knowledge.

Students are immersed in the history, progress, and advances in the materials, science, and research of the Sabatier reactor, fuel cells, electrolysis, Starship, stowed formation and deployment mechanisms, optimal settlement layout, symbiosis between technologies, lessons learned from the Artemis Moon to Mars, robotics, nuclear energy, direct air carbon (DAC) capture, and terraforming. TS-400 enables students to learn the subsystems and COTS technologies involved in Martian products, systems, and technologies.

4.  Agriculture and Synthetic Biology (ASBIO-304)

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Charles Cockell, PhD

Professor of astrobiology in the School of Physics and Astronomy,  University of Edinburgh













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Kolemann Lutz

Cofounder and Faculty, MarsU





Christopher E. Mason, PhD

 Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

*Tentative, Interested


The Multiplanetary Engineer program is designed to fit the schedule of full-time working adults. The program meets online throughout the eight-week program, allowing students to continue residing in their home communities and maintaining their full-time employment. ME will provide

up to 12 hours per week of instruction (24 hours per course) for a total of 96 hours of instruction,

segmented into three parts:

1. GCB-401 and AMI-402 (Weeks 1-5)

2. TS-403 and SBIO-404 (Weeks 5-10)

3. Capstone Project (Weeks 2-8)

Attendance for all four courses is mandatory to receive the Multiplanetary Engineering certificate.


In the culminating capstone project, students identify a new or existing opportunity—either research or entrepreneurial-based—that holds the potential to help make life multi-planetary.

Students apply the knowledge and skills retained from the ME Program to embark on a project with relevance to engineering, science, technology, biology, Earth, and Mars.

By spearheading data-driven research, planning, and ideation, student pioneers conduct research and experiments that validate or invalidate key hypotheses governing the opportunity. Students outline capstone project ideas in the personal interest statement of the program application. The exploratory work begins toward the end of week two when students unite and later submit individual or team projects.

Throughout the project, students pitch, test, iterate, pivot, and refine ideas through meetings with a team of mentors—including advisors, researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. The capstone culminates with a demo day where students pitch their ventures to a distinguished panel of judges with the space and Mars community.

Project Components
Pitch deck presentation

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Project Cost Breakdown

Final paper (10 pages+)

MarsU Annual Summit 2021

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Presentations from individuals on the design and engineering of an organism, technology, system that will enable a human settlement, operations, and communities on the Martian surface.

A jam-packed day of remote presentations about novel research with interactive Mars-faring networking events 


After successful completion of the Program, alumni are invited to submit present capstone presentations to the global space community that will be considered to be included for publication.

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