Graduate Certificate in Engineering Mechanics

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Program Description:

This certificate program allows working professionals to keep current with the rapid pace of technological changes in the area of engineering mechanics and to earn a graduate certificate in their field of interest. Furthermore, this program provides students with the opportunity to improve their academic record for possible admission to the MS degree program in mechanical or aerospace engineering. All courses are available over the Internet.

Topics covered include continuum mechanics, solid mechanics, stability, fracture mechanics, composites, fatigue analysis, plates, shells and laminated composites. 

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The graduate certificate program is available to all individuals holding a BS degree in an appropriate engineering discipline who have a minimum of two years of professional experience or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The certificate program consists of four courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. 

Students admitted to the certificate program 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 completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will be admitted to the MS degree program in which they pursued the graduate certificate, if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count toward their master's degrees.  

Once admitted to the program, the student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

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Choose four courses from the following eleven:

  • MECH ENG 5211: Introduction to Continuum Mechanics
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5212: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5220: Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5234: Stability of Engineering Structures
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5236: Fracture Mechanics
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5238: Fatigue Analysis
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5282: Introduction to Composite Materials and Structures
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 6212: Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 6222: Applied Linear Elasticity
  • MECH ENG 6230 : Theory of Plates
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 6284: Analysis of Laminated Composite Structures


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, 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).

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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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