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Space Architecture

Build and shape space on and off Earth

The world is in a space renaissance. The research facility International Space Station is the largest extraterrestrial inhabited facility ever built. For more than 20 years it has been orbiting Earth and serves as a unique place of life and research. The Chinese space station is under construction, and the next humans are expected to land on the moon again in 2024. As accessibility increases, more and more new private and public actors are entering the space sector (eg. Space X, Boeing, Axiom Space, Blue Origin, etc.). Planned space missions are increasing, while at the same time space-based technologies are already playing an integral role in our daily lives on Earth. (e.g. global positioning systems, financial transactions and weather forecasts).

Living and working in space, research stations on the moon and on Mars are goals that are already opening up many opportunities on Earth. The experiences with the extreme extra-terrestrial living and working - but also planning - conditions can be used as a case study for pressing terrestrial questions. Extreme conditions are also increasing on Earth. The world is changing and we see that every day. Extreme weather and climatic conditions, environmental destruction, limited supply and access to the resources of planet Earth, sustainable building, optimization of land use are just a few of the buzzwords of our time.

This Executive MBA program spans an arc between economics, engineering, architecture and other technical and social sciences, to space and back to Earth. This unique interdisciplinary MBA conveys knowledge and know-how about new technologies and strategies for planning, building and living in space. At the same time, the reflection and synergies on current issues on Earth, such as the use of resources, the use of technology and the climate are an essential part of the joint discussion with the internationally recognized experts and leaders.

The course prepares executives, high potentials and those interested in the space market for future requirements in an international and interdisciplinary field of work in space and above all on Earth.

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How to live in outer space

Students and researchers of TU Wien talking about the field of Space Architecture

Key Facts & Learnings


Final Degree: Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in Management & Technology | Space Architecture

ECTS Credits: 90

Duration: 3 semesters + Master's Thesis

Structure: Part-time, blocked in modules

Language: English

Tuition Fee: EUR 24,400 (VAT-free, excl. expenses for travel and accommodation; for the international module there is an extra charge)

*) TU Wien alumni club members receive a discount of 10%.

Financial Support & Funding: All details can be found on our website.

Admission Requirements: First academic degree; 3 years of work experience; personal interview

Locations: TU Wien, surrounding area of Vienna; Online, Electives in Germany and Italy

Academic Director: Dr.Ing. Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger

  • Space architecture discipline and associated fields
  • The latest development of space emerging technologies like 3D Manufacturing, Robotics, VR and AR
  • Envision, develop and assess opportunities for Downstream and Upstram Applications
  • Gain Know-how on Business management for the New Space Era
  • Interact with international experts in the field and expand your network

  • Internationally recognized experts as speakers from Austria and abroad
  • Unique study trip with industry insights
  • International colleagues with interesting backgrounds

We welcome people from all areas who want to combine science and technology with their creative work. This includes the design disciplines as well as the social, economic and political sciences and law. Experts who are already working in the space sector and want to take on a management or leadership position. Professionals outside the space sector who want to acquire the necessary expertise to enter the space sector with a sound business education.

This MBA is the right choice if you:

-want to develop innovative, future-oriented concepts with international partners

-prepare for an international and interdisciplinary management role.

-want to develop your management and leadership skills in dealing with the unique and challenging conditions in the extreme environment 

What else you need to know


[Translate to English:] Hauptgebäude TU Wien

Our lecturers at one glance.

Student trips

[Translate to English:] Space habitat and astronaut

In this program we offer exciting and unique study trips to our community.

Important Dates

Program Start:

October 5th, 2023

Application Deadline:

September 3rd, 2023


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Technology & Engineering Programs

T +43 1 58801 41795

[Translate to English:] Brent Sherwood, Blue Origin

Expert Talk about Space Travel with Brent Sherwood, January 2023

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Dr.-Ing. Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger - Academic Director

"Space has always been a synonym for endless dreams and innovations, and also for cutting-edge innovations in science and engineering. Today, the experiences with the extra-terrestrial living and working, and planning conditions can be used as case studies to elaborate possible solutions for pressing terrestrial questions. The Executive MBA Space Architecture prepares for future requirements in work in space on and off Earth."