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SpaceTech – Master in Space Systems and Business Engineering

SpaceTech creates tomorrow's space programme leaders!

The aerospace sector is a fast growing market. Multinational corporations are conducting research on cutting-edge technology to successfully develop new products and services. Some examples include satellite services in the communication, navigation and remote sensing fields, aerospace transportation, space tourism or the future mining of extraterrestrial materials.
Through the master's programme "SpaceTech", participants are trained by experts in the fields of Space Systems and Business Engineering and prepared to take on key roles and management responsibilities in the international environment of the space industry. This well established and recognised program is continuously updated and has created over 200 graduates so far.


You will gain comprehensive Space Systems and Business Engineering knowledge of the multi-faceted international spaceflight sector in the following discipline areas and fields:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Space Mission Analysis and Design
  • Business Engineering
  • Project Management 
  • Technical Areas: Space Communications, Earth Observation, Navigation and Human Space Flight

In addition, you will acquire and refine leadership and soft skills, perform a Central Case Project (CCP) as a group and complete an idividual Master’s thesis. All content is taught by internationally recognized experts from their respective fields to create tomorrow's space programme leaders. 

Target Groups

The master's programme is appropriate for

  • International mid-career professionals seeking top-level expertise in space systems and business engineering
  • Experts with several years of experience working in the aerospace sector
  • Aspiring future space programme leaders

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a technical, scientific, economic or legal field
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience working in the aerospace sector or a closely related field
  • Good command of the English language

Dates and Deadlines

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 4 semesters (22 months)
  • Final degree: Master of Science (Continuing Education)
  • ECTS credits: 120
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Attendance Fee (VAT-free): 39,000 €
    • exclusive costs for travelling, lodging and meals
    • Self payers: please contact us to evaluate the availability of stipends/scholarships
  • Number of participants: limited to 18
  • Course location: 7 Space Centers:
    • ESA ESOC Darmstadt, Germany
    • CNES Toulouse, France
    • DLR GSOC Munich, Germany
    • ESA EAC Cologne, Germany
    • ESA ESRIN Frascati, Italy
    • ESA ESTEC Noordwijk, the Netherlands
    • TU Graz, Austria
  • Curriculum (study plan)
  • Lecturer

Our participants are hand-picked, mid-career men and women, supported by governments or industries around the globe, to attend SpaceTech with the goal of developing necessary capabilities to become technical leaders in their organizations. During the 22 month program we get to know each other very well, and, in many cases, form lasting friendships. The best part of the SpaceTech program for me is seeing our participants meet and exceed their goals to become leaders of their organizations, working together across cultures and countries.

Phone: +1 719-582-0111

With the SpaceTech Master’s programme, we encourage professionals from the aerospace sector to further expand their technological and management skills as well as their social competencies – for their own benefit but also for the benefit of their respective communities and organizations. During the in-service training, the attendees will work, both independently and collectively, to solve complex and challenging issues and so the whole programme profits from our participant’s various backgrounds, experiences, and personalities.

Phone: +43 316 873 7447

The SpaceTech masters covers thoroughly technical, business, financial, legal, and managerial aspects of space-related programmes. SpaceTech provides you with the necessary background to pursue a career in the space industry and allows you to build a professional social network for life.

The SpaceTech2020 Masters Programme has given me the option to start a masters study, while still working. There is a good mix between classical lessons and individual studying. What I especially like, is the way the program not only gives you theoretical lessons, but also guides you in the practical execution of a space system engineering project, which you have to conduct with your fellow students. The coaches are helpful and flexible, aiding the process of combining family, work and study.

Career Options and Qualifications

SpaceTech creates tomorrow's space programme leaders!

Graduates have gained a comprehensive knowledge of Space Systems and Business Engineering, have acquired expertise that can be applied in their professional life and have gained experience working in responsible and multicultural teamwork collected.

The potential occupations include diverse management and leadership positions in the aerospace industry – in either corporations or various aerospace agencies.


  • 6 sessions with mandatory attendance, each lasting two weeks and located at 7 European Space Centers
  • Accompanying online course
  • Central Case Project (CCP) conducted in a team
  • Completion of the Master’s thesis
  • Final session with mandatory attendance, which includes the exam and award of the degree MSc (CE)

By combining online lessons with lessons taught on-site, the course has been optimally designed to the needs of working professionals.

Central Case Project (CCP)

As part of the Central Case Project, you form a virtual company and work both independently and as a member of a team on a viable business case, that is finally presented in front of stakeholders.

Here are the Executive Summaries of the previous Central Case Projects:

ESA’s former Director General Prof. Jan Wörner and the Former Rector of TU Graz, Prof. Hans Sünkel showing the LUNATIX Nanobot, developed by the SpaceTech 2016 participants in their Central Case Project (CCP)


Next programme will begin: March 2025

Application deadline: 15 January 2025

Required documents:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Curriculum vitae including a portrait photo
  • Proof of academic degree and other relevant certificates
  • Relevant certificates of employment and letter(s) of recommendation
  • Copy of passport or identity card

Send all application forms by e-mail or mail to:

TU Graz
Life Long Learning
c/o Dipl.-Ing. Peter SCHROTTER
Stremayrgasse 16
8010 Graz, Austria


The programme direction will decide which applications will be accepted after examining the application documents and interviewing the applicants.


SpaceTech Programme Manager
TU Graz Life Long Learning

Programme Direction

SpaceTech Director
Dr. Wiley J. LARSON
Phone: +1 719-582-0111

Academic Programme Lead
Prof. Franz TESCHL
Phone: +43 316 873 7447