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Current Academic Catalog

Catalog 2023-2024

Kepler Space University offers more than 70 graduate program pathways, focused on human space exploration, allowing prospective students and current students the ability to pursue a broad range of degrees and credentials. The university catalog serves as a gateway to the exciting possibilities that await you at KSU. Throughout the Catalog, and in every class offered at KeplerU, you will see a consistent focus on quality and an ongoing commitment to incorporating current subject matter into our curricula. Our goal is to ensure that the education you receive at KeplerU is among the most relevant and rewarding in higher learning. Start your journey of space exploration & discovery!

Graduate Studies

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Master of Science (M.S) Degrees

The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree is an interdisciplinary program providing opportunities for those interested in advancing the development of Human Space Exploration and Space Settlements. The M.S. Program features coursework, research training, and collaborations with faculty in a research-led culture emphasizing rigor, creativity, and innovation. Students will join industry leaders to help guide the sustainable development of Space, and with the support of commercial and international partners will conduct impactful research in space-related fields to enable human expansion from Earth to Space.

DEGREE PROGRAM OPTIONS

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE (M.S. COURSE-BASED)

Complete a total of 36 credit hours, with all 21 credit hours comprised of Core Courses, and 15 additional credit hours from the Technical Specialization Tracks. The program is designed for professionals who have been with government, industry, or private practice and who wish to return for upgrading and specialization.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE (M.S. PROJECT-BASED)

Complete a total of 36 credit hours, with all 21 credit hours comprised of Core Courses, and 15 additional credit hours from Technical Specialization Tracks, including the completion of a project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will select a research topic, perform experiments, computation, or analysis relevant to the topic, and report their results. The project-based degree is designed to train academics in planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting leading original research with a high degree of competence and integrity.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE (M.S. THESIS-BASED)

Complete a total of 36 credit hours, with all 21 credit hours of comprised Core Courses and 15 additional credit hours from the Technical Specialization Tracks, including the completion of a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will select a research topic, perform experiments, computation, or analysis relevant to the topic, and report their results. The thesis-based degree is designed to train academics in planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting leading original research with a high degree of competence and integrity.

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Graduate Certificates

Our online programs encompass focused Interdisciplinary Space Studies, graduates will join industry leaders to help guide the sustainable development of Space, and with the support of commercial and international partners will create employment opportunities and enhance the expertise of global citizens to benefit society.

To be awarded a Graduate Certificate, students must take four courses.  Three courses must be taken within the desired Graduate Certificate program.  The fourth course may be taken as an elective from any of the Graduate Studies Programs.

Important Dates

Summer Semester 2023
Dec 19 2022 Mon Applications accepted
Apr 03 2023 Mon Course registration begins
May 01 2023 Mon Application for admissions deadline
May 08 2023 Mon Course registration deadline/online orientation available
May 08 2023 Mon All tuition and fees due
May 08 2023 Mon First day of class
May 15 2023 Mon Last day of Add/Drop
May 16 2023 Tue Application for Co-op Program Deadline
June 16 2023 Fri Last day to withdraw with a W on the transcript
June 12 2023 Mon First day of mid-term exams
Aug 22 2023 Tue Last day of regular classes
Aug 23 2023 Wed First day of final exams
Aug 31 2023 Thu Last day of semester
Sep 06 2023 Wed Grades posted

 

Fall Semester 2023
Spring Semester 2024
Sep 05 2022 Mon Applications accepted
Dec 05 2022 Mon Course registration begins
Jan 02 2023 Mon Application for admissions deadline
Jan 09 2023 Mon Course registration deadline/online orientation available
Jan 09 2023 Mon   All tuition and fees due
Jan 09 2023 Mon First day of class
Jan 16 2023 Mon Last day of Add/Drop
Jan 17 2023 Tue  Application for Co-op Program deadline
Feb 17 2023 Fri Last day to withdraw with a W on the transcript
Fed 20 2023 Mon First day of mid-term exams
Apr 21 2023 Fri Last day of regular classes
Apr 24 2023 Mon First day of final exams
Apr 28 2023 Fri Last day of semester
May 03 2023 Wed Grades posted

 

Information Applicable to Graduate Studies Programs

Program Completion

To be awarded a certificate, students must successfully complete four courses for a total of twelve hours of course credit. To be awarded a master’s degree, students must successfully complete twelve courses for a total of thirty-six hours of course credit.

Program completion dates are determined by the student’s course enrolment schedule and pace.

Class schedules, times, and dates are included in the course registration materials found atwww.KeplerSpaceInstitute.com. Specific information about course registration dates can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar

Spring Semester 2023

 Sep 05 2022  Mon  Applications accepted 
Dec 05 2022 Mon  Course registration begins 
Jan 02 2023  Mon  Application for admissions deadline 
Jan 09 2023  Mon  Course registration deadline/online orientation available 
Jan 09 2023  Mon   All tuition and fees due 
Jan 09 2023  Mon  First day of class 
Jan 16 2023 Mon Last day of Add/Drop
Jan 17 2023  Tue  Application for Co-op Program deadline
Feb 17 2023  Fri  Last day to withdraw with a W on the transcript 
Fed 20 2023  Mon  First day of mid-term exams 
Apr 21 2023  Fri  Last day of regular classes 
Apr 24 2023  Mon  First day of final exams 
Apr 28 2023  Fri  Last day of semester 
May 03 2023  Wed  Grades posted 

 

Summer Semester 2023

Dec 19 2022 Mon Applications accepted
Apr 03 2023 Mon Course registration begins
May 01 2023 Mon Application for admissions deadline
May 08 2023 Mon Course registration deadline/online orientation available
May 08 2023 Mon All tuition and fees due
May 08 2023 Mon First day of class
May 15 2023 Mon Last day of Add/Drop
May 16 2023 Tue Application for Co-op Program Deadline
June 16 2023 Fri Last day to withdraw with a W on the transcript
June 12 2023 Mon First day of mid-term exams
Aug 22 2023 Tue Last day of regular classes
Aug 23 2023 Wed First day of final exams
Aug 31 2023 Thu Last day of semester
Sep 06 2023 Wed Grades posted

 

Fall Semester 2023

Jan 16 2023  Mon  Applications accepted 
Aug 01 2023  Tue  Course registration begins 
Sep 01 2023  Fri  Application for admissions deadline 
Sep 05 2023  Tue  Course registration deadline/online orientation available 
Sep 05 2023 Tue  All tuition and fees due 
Sep 05 2023  Tue  First day of class 
Sep 12 2023 Tue  Last day of Add/Drop
Sep 13 2023  Wed  Application for Co-op Program Deadline 
Sep 29 2023  Fri  Last day to withdraw with a W on the transcript 
Oct 09 2023 Mon  First day of mid-term exams 
Dec 15 2023  Fri  Last day of regular classes 
Dec 18 2023  Mon  First day of final exams 
Dec 22 2023  Fri  Last day of semester 
Dec 27 2023 Wed  Grades posted 
Financial Obligation

Application Fee (one -time, nonrefundable): $150 Subscription to The Space Library (required each semester): $150 All Certificate Programs (four courses at $2,000 per course): $8,000 Graduation Fee Digital Graduate Certificate (one-time, non-refundable): $100  or Graduation Fee Digital and Hardbound Graduate Certificate (one-time, non-refundable): $250.

Total cost for Graduate Certificate Program is $8,150, $150 per semester for library fees, and graduation fee.

Total cost for Master of Science Degree Program is $24,150 plus $150 per semester for library fees and graduation fee.

All books and resources are covered under subscription to The Space Library. The Institute accepts only secure online payments via credit or debit cards or PayPal. Financial arrangements for the satisfaction of student account balances must be completed prior to the first day of classes.

All financial obligations must be satisfied.

Refund Obligations

Students officially withdrawing from a course or courses on or before the withdrawal deadline for the corresponding semester will receive a prorated tuition credit as described below. Refer to the appropriate term in the current academic calendar for exact dates.

  • On or before the add/drop deadline (7 calendar days after first day of class) – 100% credit
  • On or before ten calendar days after the end of the add/drop period – 75% credit
  • After the deadline of the 75% credit until the withdrawal deadline – 50% credit
  • After the withdrawal deadline – no credit
  • Students withdrawing after deadline due to emergency, death in family, Illness, etc. please contact the office of the Provost for review to obtain tuition refund

Any amount credited under this section will be applied first to any unpaid charges on the student’s account. Any remaining tuition will be refunded and made to students within 30 days of withdrawal date or last attendants.

No adjustments are made for any fees. Any appeal regarding withdrawals or drop refunds should be directed to the Vice President for Finances.

Dates and Deadlines

Start dates for classes each semester are listed in the academic calendar which can be found in the Kepler Space Institute catalog and online at www.KeplerSpaceInstitute.com.

Withdrawals

If an enrolled student wishes to withdraw from the Institute, dropping all courses, he or she must comply with the withdrawal process described below. Withdrawal covers all course enrollments for a given registration period regardless of their meeting schedule. The policy for dropping an individual course is described in the Student Withdrawal and Dropped Courses section on page 41 of the catalog. Students who leave the Institute without proper permission automatically suspend themselves and can be re-admitted only by special approval of the dean of the appropriate department. A grade of F is recorded for all courses when a student leaves without prior approved withdrawal.

Medical Withdrawal

Students seeking a medical withdrawal should contact the office of the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs, which serves as administrator of medical withdrawals for all students. Students who are granted medical withdrawal will receive a grade of “W” assigned for each course. No credit is earned, and the grade point average is not affected. Medical withdrawals have no effect on the student account balance other than the normal withdrawal policies stated under the Student Withdrawal and Dropped Courses section on page 41 of the catalog. The medical withdrawal form is available on www.KeplerSpaceInstitute.com.

Official Student Withdrawal Procedures

  • The student must complete the withdrawal process at least two weeks prior to the last day of classes in a semester. Students may not withdraw during the last two weeks of a semester.
  • The withdrawal process is initiated with and must be approved by the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled. The withdrawal form can be found on www.KeplerSpaceInstitute.com.
  • To complete the withdrawal process, the withdrawal form must be submitted to the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled. Once initiated, the withdrawal process must be completed within seven calendar days. No withdrawal forms will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. on the last day to officially withdraw during that semester.
  • When a student completes the withdrawal process, it will be recorded on the permanent academic record as follows.
    • If completed before the mid-term withdrawal date (see the Academic Calendar for specific date), a grade of W will be assigned for each course. No credit is earned, and the grade point average is not affected.
    • If completed after the mid-term withdrawal date, a grade of WP or WF will be assigned for each course according to the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s performance to that point. WF’s are treated as credits attempted, and the grade point average is affected. WP’s do not affect the grade point average and no credit is earned.
    • Students who stop attending class/completing assignments and do not use the official withdrawal process will have their refund held and will be placed on administrative probation until such time as their circumstances are reviewed by the provost or provost designee.
    • In the event that there is no resolution of the refund, contact the organization listed below.

The Commission of Independent Education
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 888-224-6688

Termination of Admission Agreement

This contract is terminated if and when officially or unofficially withdrawals from all programs. Once terminated student must reapply to the Institute for re-admission.