In the coming years, all aspects of space study will experience astronomical changes with the introduction of space tourism. With this growth comes the need for a new generation of space professionals.
Embry-Riddle’s storied history in flight education positioned it to become a pioneering institution for the study of space-related endeavors. It attracts faculty and students who share a passion for not only aviation but for its younger counterpart — aerospace.
We offer space-related degree programs that include Astronomy and Astrophysics, Space Physics and Spaceflight Operations. Embry-Riddle is a community of students and faculty bound by focus and shared passions. Our students benefit from building relationships with fellow students, faculty, industry professionals and alliances with organizations and companies, including NASA, United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, The Boeing Company, Honeywell, Virgin Galactic and more.
All students in space-related programs enjoy opportunities for hands-on learning, research, internships and access to technologically advanced facilities and equipment.
Students who wish to immerse themselves further in space studies can join any of Embry-Riddle’s many groups and organizations dedicated to their passions, including Mars Society, Society of Physics Students, American Astronomical Society and more.
Our graduates are in demand, and we boast an extremely high hire rate.
Degrees & Programs
Are you seeking a degree to help you transition into a new role or launch your space career? To put you on an upward trajectory, Embry-Riddle offers a full complement of space-related degrees at all levels.
Through your studies, you’ll gain hands-on experience and real-world applications, learning from faculty who are subject matter experts.
Start on your own path toward expertise by exploring our degree program offerings.
Teaching future astronauts and space enthusiasts, planning a space mission, ensuring space flight safety, working in mission operations or helping further the commercialization of space — whichever space career path you choose, a degree from Embry-Riddle can help launch you toward your goals.
Our space studies graduates emerge versed in all aspects of spaceflight, including space policy, operations and regulations.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a bright future for workers trained in these key technical skills.
Through 2024, the bureau anticipates 171,900 overall openings for all types of engineers; 8,600 new jobs for astronomers, space scientists and physicists; and 44,400 openings for aerospace engineering, operations and other technicians.
Our faculty and students are actively involved in space-related research. Read about how they’re positively impacting the industry in some recent projects below.
- Embry-Riddle Astronomer Helps Analyze Stunning New Stardust Image
- Eagle-Designed Space Drones Target In-Orbit Construction
- Eagles Launch Tech Aboard NASA Rockets From Virginia, the Arctic
- Eagles Take Ride of a Lifetime Aboard NASA’s Flying Observatory
- Better Than a Blockbuster Movie: New James Webb Space Telescope Imagery Explained
- Embry-Riddle Joins NSF Space Weather Challenge
- Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. Program Gets $840,000 Boost From U.S. Department of Education
- Saluting Our Future Space Leaders: Eagle Cadets Chosen Among First in Nation for Prestigious Army Training
- NASA Discovery Earns Eagle ‘Full Ride' National Science Foundation Fellowship
At Embry-Riddle, you’ll discover some of the most advanced, high-tech laboratories and facilities available to students.
Daytona Beach, FL Campus
- The Daytona Beach Campus is located just 50 miles north of Kennedy Space Center and near many of our allied contractors situated on Florida’s Space Coast. With a strong focus on space, the campus features a large array of labs to facilitate hands-on learning through direct experience.
- The Space Physics Research Lab and the Laboratory for Exosphere and Near-Space Environment Studies (LENSES) give students the chance to participate in externally funded research projects.
- Students also use the 1-meter Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope, one of the largest in Florida, to observe our solar system and beyond.