|Available 100% online||Credit Hours||Tuition||Application Deadline||Test Requirements|
|Yes||12 credits||$439/cr. in-state and $549/cr. out-of-state||Rolling Admission||None|
Required Courses (12 credits)
The Graduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering is comprised of four courses totaling 12 credits. The courses are:
- MEE 445: Aeronautics Credits 3 cr. (offered fall 2018)
- MEE 446: Astronautics Credits 3 cr. (offered fall 2017)
- MEE 547: Flight Dynamics and Control of Aircraft Credits 3 cr. (offered spring 2019)
- MEE 548: Spacecraft Orbit and Attitude Dynamics and Control Credits 3 cr. (offered spring 2018)
A grade of B or higher is required for courses to count towards completion of the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Certificate.
Aerospace Engineering Graduate Certificate coursework counts toward a Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Engineering and Business. Information on the coursework and application requirements for the PSM may be found in the graduate catalog.
General Overview Graduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering is an ever-evolving and highly challenging career choice. Aerospace engineers are on the leading-edge of that evolution, involved in research, design and development of a wide range of fascinating vehicles, some traveling at astounding speeds through both air and space. These systems can include satellites, launch vehicles, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, marine vessels, projectiles, airdrop vehicles and an ever widening range of unmanned autonomous systems (UAS).
The skills developed in these courses can be applied in a number of different industries including those associated with aerospace science missions, defense missions and commercial applications as well as in the automobile and marine industries.
Aerospace Engineering is the branch of engineering that focuses on design, development and test of all aspects of atmospheric and space vehicles. The Certificate in Aerospace Engineering would be of interest to a variety of working professionals, including those with mechanical, electrical, Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics backgrounds seeking to expand their knowledge and career opportunities in this field. This certificate is available entirely online.
The Engineering faculty at the University of Maine is committed to ensuring that their students receive the education and training necessary to meet the growing technological, mechanical and professional requirements for engineering positions in today’s markets.
For a complete list of Mechanical Engineering faculty, visit their Faculty and Staff website.
Students to be admitted into the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Certificate must hold an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or closely related discipline and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. GRE scores are not required. Students can apply to transfer up to 6 credits of equivalent coursework into the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Certificate. The certificate coordinator must approve such transfer credits after assessing whether they are substantially equivalent.
What can I do with a Graduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering?
- Commercial Aerospace Applications (communications, GPS, aviation, launch, etc.)
- Military and Defense Aerospace
- Marine vessel and automobile industries
Fundamental engineering skills developed in these course include:
- Vehicle Mathematical Modeling and Simulation
- System Equations of Motion
- Control System Design and Analysis
- Orbital Mechanics
What students have to say about the Graduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering
I graduated from the University of Maine in 2015 with a Masters in Engineering Physics and concurrent graduate certificate in Aerospace Engineering. As a resident graduate student, I chose to pursue online aerospace coursework because it allowed access to an engineering field not available on campus. Two years later I am pleased to report that I hold a technical staff position at a preeminent laboratory and get to flex my orbital dynamics and spacecraft simulation capabilities on a daily basis.
One major benefit ascribed to online course work is the schedule flexibility it offers. While flexibility is of great benefit to many students, I think a largely underestimated perk accompanying online coursework is the access to industry acclimated experts who may not otherwise be available to you in a classical academic setting. Dr. Rubenstein is fantastic and I found the class emphasis on modeling and simulation to be highly engaging. Approaching from a physics centric background, the focus on how to manipulate mathematical system representations to my advantage was particularly helpful in understanding connections between theoretical frameworks and their value in describing physical systems.
As a newly minted engineer transitioning out of academia and into the professional engineering realm, I can report that the online aerospace classes at UMaine were both invaluable to the advancement of my currently required skillset and incredibly interesting. I think the aerospace course sequence is a wonderful opportunity for students with strong technical backgrounds who are interested in aerospace engineering applications.
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