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Earn Your AS in Space Studies Online

The online Associate of Science in Space Studies at American Public University, designed by a former NASA astronaut, introduces you to the exciting field of space studies. Many of our faculty are leaders in the field, including scientists and engineers currently working for NASA, the space industry, and national astronomical observatories.

As an online program, you can conveniently access the program on your schedule. You will study current and historical concepts in astronomy, planetary science, space policy, and space flight, with hands-on labs in many of your core courses. You will analyze the principles of manned and unmanned flight, examine the possibility of life elsewhere in the cosmos, and evaluate the political and commercial significance of major aerospace endeavors—from the past to the future.

You’ll also have the opportunity to access the university’s state-of-the-art remote-controlled observatory, with a fully online 24-inch f/6.5 Corrected Dall-Kirkham telescope.

Upon successful completion, all 60 credits earned can be put toward APU’s Bachelor of Science in Space Studies.


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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military spouses/dependents are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour.

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Tuition for associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and undergraduate certificates.

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For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

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Why You Should Earn This Associate From APU

We’ve earned our reputation as a respected leader in online higher education by always making you—the student—our #1 priority.

Accessible Learning

Plan around your work and life responsibilities with courses that are online and feature weekly class schedules with no set login times.

Save Time

Associate degree students can transfer up to 45 credits for previous academic coursework, job experience, and professional training. We also consider ACE-evaluated training and credits by exam.

Be in Control

You can quickly turn your ambitions into reality because programs begin every month. Most classes are 8 weeks long.

Real-World Knowledge

You’ll be guided by faculty skilled in providing an engaging learning journey rooted in real-world experience from government, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, defense agencies, technology firms, and the military.

Future-Focused

You have access to our vast network of working professional students and alumni, and our career services team provides continuous assistance.

Your Time to Shine

You always have a front row seat in APU’s online classroom. Undergraduate classes average 20 students.

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