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Online Graduate Certificates in Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering involves the principles that allow machines to take flight, covering both aeronautical and astronautical ventures.

The University of Illinois College of Engineering has four online graduate certificate programs in aerospace engineering: aerodynamics and flight mechanics, aerospace materials, aerospace structural mechanics, and spaceflight engineering.

For the most basic specialization (aerodynamics and flight mechanics), students may choose from courses that include topics such as: computational aerodynamics; applied aerodynamics; flight mechanics; aeroelasticity; wing theory; and nonlinear aeroelasticity. For the spaceflight engineering specialization, coursework can be selected from the following options: orbital mechanics; spacecraft attitude control; advanced orbital mechanics; optimal aerospace systems; and optimal space trajectories.

Each option consists of 12 credits and costs $1,084 per credit-hour.

Online Graduate Certificates in Automotive Engineering

Automotive engineering deals with the design, production, and testing of vehicles by incorporating several other sub-disciplines of engineering, such as electrical, software, mechanical, and safety engineering.

The University of Michigan–Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science offers an online graduate certificate program in automotive materials and design engineering. Students may choose their courses from a list of topics that includes: vehicle ergonomics; design of automotive chassis; vehicle stability and control; vehicle package engineering; mechanical behavior of polymer; and automotive composites.

The program consists of 12 credits and costs $11,662 (including all fees and tuition).

Online Graduate Certificates in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering combines medicine and engineering to fuel the research and development of implants, prostheses, pharmaceuticals, and more.

The Stanford School of Engineering offers an online graduate certificate that’s focused on imaging, devices, and systems. It’s meant to address engineering challenges and opportunities in the healthcare sector. Core classes cover the topics of biochips and medical imaging systems, while electives may be selected from a list that includes the following: modeling biomedical systems (ontology, terminology, and problem solving); computational methods for biomedical image analysis and interpretation; advanced biochemical engineering; autonomous implantable systems; medical image reconstruction; and technological assessment and regulation of medical devices.

The program consists of 12 credits, costs $15,120 in total, and takes between one and two years to complete.

The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering offers an online post-master’s certificate in applied biomedical engineering through its Engineering for Professionals program. Drawing from the same pool of classes used for the master’s curriculum, students will take core classes that cover physiology for applied biomedical engineering; mathematical models for applied biomedical engineering; and biomedical engineering practice and innovation. Electives are available in the following foci: imaging, instrumentation, and translational tissue engineering.

The program consists of six three-credit courses and costs $4,440 per course. Students have up to three years to complete all coursework.

Online Graduate Certificates in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering involves the design, construction, and maintenance of society’s physical infrastructure.

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University has an online graduate certificate program in civil engineering offered through its Columbia Video Network. Students choose four classes from an expansive list that includes: bridge design and management; uncertainty and risk in infrastructure systems; theory of vibrations; geosynthetics and waste containment; technology and strategic issues in manufacturing enterprises; and the economics of earth resources industries. The program consists of 12 credits, and costs $2,018 per credit-hour. Students have up to two years to complete the program.

Online Graduate Certificates in Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering uses science to study and improve the relationship between industrial society, the natural world, and the shared environment.

The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering offers an online graduate certificate in environmental engineering that focuses on how to manage waste and pollution in air, water, and soil. Students select courses from a wide range of topics, which includes the principles of environmental engineering; radioactive waste management; solid waste engineering and management; industrial processes and pollution prevention; air quality control technologies; and measurement theory and practices in the environmental arena.

The program consists of six courses, and costs $4,440 per course. Students must complete the certificate within three years.

Online Graduate Certificates in Water Systems Engineering

Water systems engineering deals with the movement of fluids, with applications in environmental engineering, power systems engineering, and waste management.

The University of Colorado–Boulder Engineering Management Program offers an online graduate certificate in water engineering and management. Required courses cover: water utility management (current issues and future challenges); water profession (leadership and communication); and water profession (financials and management). Students then choose an elective from the following options: engineering economics and system design; quantitative methods; environmental politics and policy; or natural resources and environmental law.

The program consists of 12 credits and costs approximately $667 per credit.

Online Graduate Certificates in Computer Engineering

Computer engineering involves the testing and development of computer software and hardware, and all of their components.

The Colorado State University College of Engineering has an online graduate certificate program in computer systems engineering that teaches students to problem solve for future challenges. Students may choose to specialize in one of three areas: networking, embedded systems, or computer architecture. Potential course subjects include: computer architecture; internet engineering; hardware and software design for embedded systems; parallel processing; and fault-tolerant computing.

The program consists of between 10 and 12 credits, costs approximately $685 per credit, and takes one year (on average) to complete.

Online Graduate Certificates in Computer Science

Computer science involves the collection, storage, processing, and transmission of information.

The University of Illinois College of Engineering has an online graduate certificate program in computer science where students can choose from one of five specializations: security; networks and distributed systems; information systems; software engineering; and system software.

Courses for the information systems specialization include: introduction to data mining and database systems; design of database management systems; operating system design; and computer networks and distributed systems.

The program consists of 12 credits, and costs $1,084 per credit. Students have up to two years to complete all coursework.

Online Graduate Certificates in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity uses computer science, data science, and software engineering to protect the information stored on computers and networked systems from outside attack.

The Stanford School of Engineering has an online graduate certificate program in cybersecurity that provides technical, professional, and policy-level perspectives on the security risks emerging in IT. Students take classes in operating systems and systems programming; computer networking; and computer and network security. An optional introductory course covers the fundamentals of cybersecurity. The program consists of between 12 and 14 credits, costs between $15,120 and $17,640, and takes between one and two years to complete.

Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science

Combining machine learning, math, and computer science, data science involves the analysis and processing of massive amounts of data.

The Stanford School of Engineering offers an online graduate certificate program in data, models, and optimization. Students will take core classes in machine learning and convex optimization, and then choose from an array of electives that includes topics such as the Fourier transformation and its applications; linear dynamical systems; modern applied statistics and data mining; and digital signal processing.

The program consists of between 12 and 14 credits, costs between $15,120 and $17,640 in total, and takes between one and two years to complete.

Online Graduate Certificates in Software Engineering

Software engineering deals with the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems.

The University of Michigan–Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science offers an online graduate certificate program in software engineering. After taking core courses in software engineering and embedded systems, students chose two electives from a long list of topics, which includes: algorithm design and analysis; software evolution; software user interface design; information engineering; artificial neural networks; and fuzzy systems.

The program consists of 12 credits, and costs approximately $11,662, including tuition and all fees.

Online Graduate Certificates in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering covers the subjects of electromagnetism, electronics, and electricity, and incorporates a wide range of subfields, such as telecommunication, signal processing, and control systems.

Offered through the Columbia Video Network, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University has an online graduate certificate program in electrical engineering that specializes in wireless and mobile communications. Students choose one required course in either communications circuits, analog electric circuits, or wave transmission and fiber optics. For electives, students select three courses from a diverse list which includes topics such as digital signal processing; communication theory; visual information systems; stochastic models in information systems; microwave circuit design; and wireless communications.

The program consists of 12 credits, and costs $2,018 per credit-hour.

Online Graduate Certificates in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) involves the design, development, and deployment of machines with computers.

The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering offers an online graduate certificate program in electrical and computer engineering. Students may take electrical and computer engineering courses that fall into one of several foci: communications and networking; computer engineering; electronics and the solid state; optics and photonics; RF and microwave engineering; signal processing; or systems and control. The program consists of five courses, and costs $4,440 per course.

Online Graduate Certificates in Nanoengineering

Nanoengineering deals with the design and production of very small materials—those that fall on the nanoscale—with implications in manufacturing, medicine, aerospace, and computing.

The Stanford School of Engineering has an online graduate certificate program in nanoscale materials science that can be useful for aerospace, mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineers. Required courses include topics such as integrated circuit fabrication processes; principles and models of semiconductor devices; and nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Further courses are available in the following areas: nanophotonics; nanocharacterization of materials; and organic semiconductors for electronics and photonics.

The program consists of between nine and 12 credits, and costs between $11,340 and $15,120 in total. The average time to completion is between one and two years.

Online Graduate Certificates in Power Systems Engineering

Power systems engineering involves the creation, storage, and transport of electric power.

Colorado State University College of Engineering offers an online graduate certificate in power and energy that focuses on smart grid implementation. Students select three courses from the following list: power system markets; signal processing for power systems; grid integration of wind energy systems; electrical power engineering; and electric power quality. The program consists of nine credits, costs $685 per credit, and takes approximately one year to complete.

Online Graduate Certificates in Engineering Management

Engineering management involves the application of leadership skills and analytical processes in the interests of optimizing organizations, projects, and planning.

The University of Michigan–Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science offers an online graduate certificate in program and project management that is ideal for professionals who want to enhance their ability to lead complex engineering projects. After taking core classes in the fundamentals of project management and project management control, students select two of the following three elective options: managing global problems; program budget, cost estimation, and control; and engineering risk-benefit analysis.

The program consists of 12 credits and costs $11,662, including all fees and tuition.

Online Graduate Certificates in Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineering deals with the optimization of complex systems related to manufacturing and other industrial modes of production.

Through the Columbia Video Network, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University offers an online graduate certificate program in industrial engineering. The school has been hosting industrial engineering courses since 1919. Students must take two required courses: introduction to probability and statistics; and optimization models and methods. For electives, students must choose two from the following list: stochastic models; corporate finance for engineers; operations management; applied systems engineering; scheduling; dynamic pricing and revenue management; or the manufacturing enterprise.

The program consists of 12 credits, and costs $2,018 per credit-hour.

Online Graduate Certificates in Materials Engineering

Materials engineering deals with the discovery, design, and manipulation of solids and synthetics.

The University of Michigan–Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science has an online graduate certificate program in materials science that is fully focused on plastic and composite materials. Students take courses in the following areas: injection modeling; mechanical behavior of polymers; automotive composites; and composite materials.

The program consists of 12 credits and costs $11,662, including all fees and tuition.

Online Graduate Certificates in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering involves the use of materials science, mechanics, electricity, and thermodynamics to create and operate machinery.

Through the Columbia Video Network, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University offers an online graduate certificate program in mechanical engineering that focuses on the innovations in 21st century manufacturing. Students choose four classes from the following five options: product design for manufacturability; manufacturing processes; computer aided manufacturing; advanced manufacturing processes; and the manufacturing enterprise.

The program consists of 12 credits and costs $2,018 per credit.

Online Graduate Certificates in Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear engineering involves the study and application of the fission and fusion of atomic nuclei.

The Swanson School of Engineering at Pittsburgh University offers an online graduate certificate program in nuclear engineering through the Stephen R. Tritch Nuclear Engineering Program. Courses are selected from a wide range of topics that includes: linear system theory; nuclear core dynamics; nuclear plant dynamics and control; nuclear materials; heat transfer and fluid flow in nuclear power plants; computational radiation transport; and case studies in nuclear codes and standards.

The program consists of 15 credits and all online students pay the part-time, in-state tuition of $1,243 per credit.

Online Graduate Certificates in Safety Engineering

Safety engineering seeks to mitigate the risks associated with manufacturing, energy, biomedical, and other systems.

The University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering offers an interdisciplinary online graduate certificate program in safety engineering that aims to bridge the gap between engineers and safety professionals. Students take three required courses: introduction to safety engineering; engineering for process safety; and work design. Students then choose two electives from any of the following departments: bioengineering; mechanical and materials science (nuclear engineering); electrical and computer engineering (electric power); and civil and environmental engineering (construction management).

The program consists of 15 credits, and all online students pay the in-state, part-time rate of $1,243 per credit.

Online Graduate Certificates in Systems Engineering

Systems engineering studies the problems of complex, organizational systems and their logistical optimization.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) offers an online graduate certificate program in systems engineering through its UTEP Connect Extended University. The program consists of 15 credits—12 of which are coursework-based and three of which are derived from a project practicum. Coursework covers the following topics: systems engineering fundamentals; systems engineering management; systems requirements analysis; and systems integration, verification, and validation.

Tuition costs $782 per credit hour.