Multiplanetary Engineering
About this Course


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

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


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. GAB-301 and AMI-302 (Weeks 1-5)

2. STE-303 and ASBIO-304 (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 and development, student pioneers conduct research to validate or invalidate key hypotheses governing the opportunity. Students should 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 with the opportunity to showcase the project to employers. The capstone culminates with a demo day where students pitch their ventures to a distinguished panel of judges with the space and Mars community and may lead to coauthoring research publications for conferences and journals.

Project Components
Pitch Deck Presentation

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Project Cost Breakdown

Final paper (10 pages+)

MarsU Annual Summit 2021

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

The Summit is a jam-packed day of remote presentations throughout four hours. Presentations from researchers and teams includ topics on the design and engineering of technologies, systems, and organisms that will enable human settlement and operations on the Martian surface.

Offered by:
Mars University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)