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Aerospace Engineering - Aerodynamics Certificate


Aerospace Engineering – Aerodynamics Certificate Program

Why pursue a graduate certificate in aerodynamics?

The skills you learn within your Aerospace Engineering - Aerodynamics Certificate will empower you to make decisions that inspire more efficient and effective aeronautics projects. The program is 100% online and courses are taught asynchronously so that students can pursue the certificate and continue their busy lifestyles. Our courses are taught by faculty who are actively involved in cutting-edge aerospace research, and who rank among the country's most accomplished aerospace and mechanical engineers. If you want to know more about aerospace engineering and aerodynamics engineering, check this out.

In today’s aerospace and aeronautical industries—which have highly interdisciplinary technological needs—the cohort of engineers represents a variety of disciplines, with aerospace engineers being a relatively small fraction in comparison to mechanical engineers. Our Aerospace Engineering - Aerodynamics Certificate program can help bridge your gap to understanding and lead to career growth. 

Recognizing the amplified demand for talented aeronautics professionals, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this field to grow by 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means employers will be looking for leaders with educational experience in the aerodynamics field.

Who should apply?

Working professionals, military members, students at other universities worldwide, and current on-campus students are eligible. In today's aerospace industry, which has highly interdisciplinary technological needs, the cohort of engineers represents a variety of disciplines, with engineers with actual aerospace degrees being a relatively small fraction in comparison to mechanical engineers.

Our Aerospace engineering - Aerodynamics Certificate is designed to be a post-college program for aerospace engineering and aeronautical engineering. It can also be completed immediately after a bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering at our college with very little additional time investment.

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What is the Aerodynamics Certificate?

An Aerospace Engineering - Aerodynamics Certificate is often an entryway towards a full graduate degree in aerospace engineering or aeronautical engineering. A certificate also caters to individuals who are already in the work force and require additional training to adapt to changes in their job requirements or are seeking to attain knowledge while in their jobs.

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Career Options

A variety of career opportunities exist, but primarily in the areas of: Aerospace & Defense, Space Missions, Manufacturing, Warehouse and Distribution Facilities, Consulting Firms, Spacecraft Operations, Technicians, Technical Operations & Communications, Architectural Designers, Quality Control Inspection.

What does the Aerospace Engineering - Aerodynamics Certificate involve?

Offered by our Department of Mechanical Engineering, the online graduate certificate in Aerospace Engineering – Aerodynamics consists of four courses (12 credit hours) in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields. The only required course is “Fundamentals of Aerodynamics” (EAS 5102). Students are allowed to select three additional elective courses to complete the certificate based on their interest and course availability. This provides maximum flexibility in designing a certificate program aligned with your research and career interests.

Learn more about how our joint college works and your enrollment options

Aerodynamics Certificate Faculty

Yousuf Ali, Rajan Kumar, Chiang Shih and S. Unnikrishnan

For more information, please contact us at:

Breda Arnell
Graduate Studies Program Administrator
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(850) 410-6196

Mohd Yousuf Ali, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(850) 410-6588

Aerodynamics Graduate Certificate Courses

The online AE-Aerodynamics Graduate Certificate curriculum consists of 12 credit hours (four courses). The certificate program through the Department of Mechanical Engineering can be completed in as little as two semesters. Students can also complete the program at their own pace part-time. 

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Required Course:

  • EAS 5102 Fundamentals of Aerodynamics (offered every fall semester) 

Elective Courses: 

  • EGM 5121 Random Data Measurements and Analysis 
  • EML 5422 Propulsion Systems 
  • EML 5710 Introduction to Gas Dynamics 
  • EML 5709 Fluid Mechanics and Selected Applications 
  • EML 5930 Experimental Methods & Advanced Flow Diagnostics 
  • EML 5930 Introduction to Hypersonic Flows

Prerequisite Courses:

Students who have not taken Thermal Fluids I (Fluid Mechanics) or an equivalent course must take this course as an articulation course. Additional courses may be required if the student's undergraduate major is not mechanical engineering, or a closely-related major. *Students must submit the online Aerodynamics Engineering Certificate Application Form (forms-db.com) prior to completion of the 2nd course required for the certificate.* 

Tuition & Fees

Academic Year tuition and fees for online graduate courses can be found at Florida A&M University or Florida State University (depending on your program and institution).

Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the certificate program must be currently enrolled as a non-degree seeking or graduate student in good standing at either Florida A&M University or Florida State University.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related engineering discipline (computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics, physics or applied physics).  Students without a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, but with a degree in an approved field may be required to complete remedial coursework in mechanical engineering as a condition of admission. The remedial course will include EML 3015C - Thermal Fluids I or an equivalent course (Fluid Mechanics). 

In general, the following criteria will be used for admissions:

  • GPA of 3.0/4.0 or greater
  • One (1) Letter of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or a CV
  • Unofficial transcripts can be submitted with the certificate application; International applicants must include an English translation.

Graduate Certificate Application

Submit the online Aerodynamics Engineering Certificate Application Form (forms-db.com) prior to completion of the 2nd course required for the certificate. 

Admission and completion of a graduate-level certificate program does not guarantee admission to a master’s or specialist degree program. Students may, however, apply up to 12 semester hours of credit earned toward the master’s or specialist degree with approval. 

Application Policy for the Aerospace Engineering – Aerodynamics Graduate Certificate

  • B.S Students / Undergraduates: Ineligible to apply to the certificate program
  • B.S./M.S. Pathway students: BS/MS pathways students should wait to take certificate classes until they have matriculated as a graduate student if they are interested in the certificate as well. After matriculation to the master’s program, students must apply for the certificate program, via the aerospace application form before they complete their second course. 
  • Graduate students: Current graduate students must apply for the certificate program, via the aerospace application form, prior to completing the second course that is part of the certificate program.
  • Non-Degree Seeking Students: Students who are not already enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program, but wish to complete the certificate, must apply as graduate non-degree seeking. Students must have a bachelor’s degree in STEM field to be eligible. Students must also apply directly to the aerospace certificate, via the application form