Graduate Certificate in CAD/CAM & Rapid Product Realization

Department of Manufacturing Engineering

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Program Description:

The graduate certificate in CAD/CAM & rapid product realization is for working professionals who want to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology. The program consists of a four-course sequence from existing graduate-level courses.

Students are admitted to the certificate program with a non-matriculated status. In order to receive a graduate certificate, you must have an average grade of 3.0 or better in your core courses. If you complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, you may be admitted to the master's degree program, if you choose. The certificate credits you've earned will count toward your master's degree.

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Admission Requirements

The admission decision will be made based upon prior degree(s) obtained by the student and the student’s performance in courses fundamental to the certificate, the student’s work experience, and any other information provided by the student. If the student does not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program, the student will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. Once admitted into the certificate program, the student will be given three years to complete the program so long as the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the courses taken.

Delivery Format: Classes are offered over the internet via live-streaming video. There will be a PowerPoint presentation available on the Internet to enhance the class lecture so that you can view the PowerPoint slides and watch the video simultaneously. Tests and reports are arranged by the course instructor. If you view the video online in real time, a technician can help resolve any communication problems, and when you need to ask a lecture-related question, you can call the instructor. If you view the lecture video offline, you can communicate with the instructor through email.

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  • MECH ENG 5763: Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering Design
  • MECH ENG 6659: Advanced Topics in Design and Manufacturing

 Choose one of the following two courses:

  • MECH ENG 5708: Rapid Product Design and Optimization
  • ENG MGT 5515/MECH ENG 5757: Integrated Product and Process Design

Choose one of the following two courses:

  • MECH ENG 5760: Probabilistic Engineering Design
  • MECH ENG 5656: Design for Manufacture

Course Descriptions:

Course description can be found in the catalog at

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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. 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:

Manufacturing Engineering (MS/ME)

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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