Graduate Certificate in Control Systems

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

The control systems graduate certificate program is designed for working engineers to enhance their knowledge and provide current information on technological changes in the area of control systems. Earning a graduate certificate not only provides students the opportunity to strengthen their academic background, but also offers the possibility of pursuing a master's degree in the aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering programs. 

Admission:

The graduate certificate program is available to all individuals holding a BS degree in an appropriate engineering dicipline, who graduated with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better, and who have a minimum of two years of professional experiance. Additionally, students who are currently accepted into Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering may pursue the graduate certificate through the respective program.

In order to recieve a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years tp complete the program as long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

Students admitted into the certificate praagram will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is vompleted with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will be admitted to the MS degree program in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards their master's degrees.

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Curriculum:

Aerospace Engineering:

Choose two courses from the following:                

  • AERO ENG 5361: Flight Dynamics-Stability and Control
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5481: Mechanical and Aerospace Control Systems
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5001:  Linear and Nonlinear Estimation - Theory and Application
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 6479: Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanical and Aerospace systems

Choose two courses from the following:

  • ELEC ENG 5300: Digital Control
  • ELEC ENG 6300: Linear Control Systems
  • ELEC ENG 6310: Optimal Control and Estimation  

Mechanical Engineering:

Choose two courses from the following:

  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5481: Mechanical and Aerospace Control Systems
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5001:  Linear and Nonlinear Estimation - Theory and Application
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 6479: Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanical and Aerospace systems

Choose two courses from the following:

  • AERO ENG 5361: Flight Dynamics-Stability and Control
  • ELEC ENG 5300: Digital Control
  • ELEC ENG 6300: Linear Control Systems
  • ELEC ENG 6310: Optimal Control and Estimation

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Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Aerospace Engineering (MS) 
Mechanical Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).