Aerospace Engineering Certificates

The College of Engineering offers an online graduate program in aerospace engineering which allows students to pursue certification in a variety of specialized areas. Online students receive access to recorded on-campus lectures and follow the class syllabus, including the same assignments, exams, and projects as on-campus students. All courses are offered via web streaming technology.

Program Requirements

To earn a Professional Development Certificate, students must complete three or four courses for 12 credit hours (for the Environmental and Water Resources Certificate, three courses must be taken, and one must be at the 500-level). Courses cannot be applied to more than one certificate, and students must earn a B- or higher in each course.

Certificate Specializations

Graduate Certificate in “Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics”

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics are among the most basic aspect of Aerospace Engineering. The Aerospace Engineering faculty includes world-class experts in both theoretical and practical aspects of aerodynamics and flight mechanics. This certificate requires students to complete graduate-level courses for 12 credit hours in the area of Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics. Courses that can be applied toward this certificate are the following:

AE 410: Computational Aerodynamics (3 or 4 credit hours)
AE 416: Applied Aerodynamics (3 or 4 credit hours)
AE 419: Flight Mechanics (3 or 4 credit hours)
AE 451: Aeroelasticity (3 or 4 credit hours)
AE 515: Wing Theory (4 credit hours)
AE 550: Nonlinear Aeroelasticity (4 credit hours)

Graduate Certificate in “Aerospace Materials”

The Aerospace Engineering Department has a long tradition in Aerospace Materials and Aerospace Structures. For many years the department housed a Composite Materials Center, which is now being expanded, and also has introduced an Autonomic Materials center housed at Beckman Institute. The Department also has strong links with Mechanical, Civil, and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics faculty in these areas. As advanced materials, especially composites and high temperature materials, become more commonplace in Aerospace Engineering the “Aerospace Materials” certificate becomes very relevant. This certificate requires students to complete graduate-level courses for 12 credit hours in the area of Aerospace Materials. Courses that can be applied toward this certificate are the following:

AE 427: Mechanics of Polymers (3 credit hours)
AE 428: Mechanics of Composites (3 credit hours)
AE 522: Dynamic Response of Materials (4 credit hours)
AE 525: Advanced Composite Materials (4 credit hours)
AE 526: Composites Manufacturing (4 credit hours)
AE 529: Viscoelasticity Theory (4 credit hours)
AE 598 MMM: Multi-scale Modeling of Materials (4 credit hours)

Graduate Certificate in “Aerospace Structural Mechanics”

The Certificate in Aerospace Structural Mechanics is geared towards practicing engineers who wish to gain additional technical expertise in aircraft structures. The aircraft structures group at Illinois boasts among the largest research and graduate education program of its kind in the US. This comprehensive program has world-class faculty, a broad-based, cutting-edge research portfolio, and strong ties to industry and government agencies. Our Aerospace Structural Mechanics courses are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in materials, design, specifications, and sustainability engineering practices. This certificate requires students to complete three graduate-level courses for 12 credit hours in the area of Aerospace Structural Mechanics. Each of the three selected courses must be taken for 4 credit hours. Courses that can be applied toward this certificate are the following:

AE 420: Finite Element Analysis (3 or 4 credit hours)
AE 521: Fracture and Fatigue (4 credit hours)
AE 522: Dynamic Response of Materials (4 credit hours)
AE 523: Nanoscale Contact Mechanics (4 credit hours)
AE 528: Nonlinear Continuous Media (4 credit hours)
AE 550: Nonlinear Aeroelasticity (4 credit hours)

Graduate Certificate in “Spaceflight Engineering”

The Aerospace Engineering department has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in Astrodynamics and Orbital Mechanics with pioneering studies being performed here, as well as development of widely used theories and textbooks. Thus the Aerospace Engineering faculty at Illinois offers unequalled expertise in al aspects of spaceflight engineer making this a natural certificate program to form in this department. The Certificate in Spaceflight Engineering is geared towards practicing engineers who wish to gain additional technical expertise across a wide range of Space Science topics. This certificate requires students to complete three or four graduate-level courses for at least 12 credit hours in the area of Transportation Engineering. Courses that can be applied toward this certificate are the following:

AE 402: Orbital Mechanics (3 or 4 credit hours)
AE 403: Spacecraft Attitude Control (3 or 4 credit hours)
AE 446: Cube Sat. (new AE number for ENG491) (1 to 4 credit hours)
AE 502: Advanced Orbital Mechanics (4 credit hours)
AE 504: Optimal Aerospace Systems (4 credit hours)
AE 508: Optimal Space Trajectories (4 credit hours)

Application Requirements

  • Current AE online graduate student
    or...
    BS degree in engineering or science from an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad. Basic background knowledge in the area of Aerospace Engineering is required for success in this certificate. Students with a non-engineering BS must have acquired this knowledge through coursework and/or through professional experience in order to qualify. A GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher for the last 60 semester hours in a BS program is required as well. (Students who do not meet the 3.0/4.0 GPA criterion may still be eligible to enroll if they have significant experience outside of the classroom. Such students are encouraged to contact the Aerospace Department at aerospace@illinois.edu to determine if they are eligible to register for online classes and to participate in the certificate program.)
  • Students wanting a certificate must fill out an application form declaring this intent before enrollment in the last course to be counted towards the certificate.
  • Students must earn a B or higher in each course. Courses cannot be applied to multiple certificates. However, courses taken while pursuing certificates can be applied toward the MSAE degree. Up to 12 hours of coursework taken by non-degree students and/or those pursuing certificates can be transferred into the MS AE degree. A separate application is needed for the MSAE program.
  • Admission to a certificate program does not guarantee future admission to a degree program.

For all other inquiries, contact the Office of Online and Professional Engineering Programs at (217) 333-6634,
or e-mail engr-o2pep@illinois.edu.