Certificates are available to traditional and non-traditional students who meet all admission requirements; students must be admitted to Mississippi State University in order to pursue certificates. Prerequisite courses are required in order to qualify for the certificate programs (normally satisfied at the undergraduate level). Some engineering certificate programs may be available to non-engineering graduate students. Please refer to the specific certificate of interest for prerequisite requirements and certificates available to non-engineering graduate students.
All certificates require that a student take a minimum of 15 hours of academic credit (5 courses) in an approved certificate area and may be earned by completing selected courses from a list of qualifying courses designated by a representative faculty member or committee. Hours earned in acquiring a certificate may be counted toward completion of an advanced engineering degree. A graduate student must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on courses taken to acquire a certificate. Upon satisfactory completion of the required course work, the student will become a candidate for certification. The MSU transcript will indicate successful completion of the certificate program. Contact information is provided below for each certificate program.
Automotive Engineering—The Automotive Engineering Certificate enhances the education of a student in topical subject matter related specifically to automotive engineering. This certificate was developed in support of the automotive manufacturing companies in the State of Mississippi to provide students an opportunity to focus on engineering knowledge and issues related to the design of vehicle systems and their production. The program is multi-disciplinary allowing students from all areas of engineering to participate. Course work will be selected from Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. All students are required to participate in a vehicle design/construction experience which must be approved by the director of the Automotive Engineering Certificate and will be the designated as a three-hour Directed Individual Study (4000-level for undergraduate students/7000-level for graduate students) course. Membership in the student section (or appropriate level) of the Society of Automotive Engineers is strongly encouraged. An Automotive Engineering Committee comprised of faculty members from various engineering departments who have an interest in the automotive industry will administer the certificate in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Engineering. For additional information, contact Dr. Mohamad Qatu, 662-325-1535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computational Biology—The Computational Biology Certificate combines course work in computer science and biology to offer students a formal program of study to address how biological systems work by analyzing the data made available with high throughput biology. Students will gain fundamental skills in computing integrated with biology (i.e., application techniques to understand the structures, functions, dynamics, and evolution of living organisms) and will become competitive for high-end employment in emerging technical fields. The well-defined program will provide students with recognition of their training in the area and will allow students from diverse disciplines to learn together. The program will be administered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Center for Computer Security Research, and the Office of the Dean of Engineering. The certificate is awarded by the Bagley College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For additional information, contact Dr. Susan Bridges at 662-325-7505 or email@example.com.
Entrepreneurship—This program has been designed for engineering students who plan to pursue a career combining technical and business skills. This could include a business startup or working for an entrepreneur in the early years of the business. The certificate also enhances the engineering program for students interested in corporate management. Upon completion of the Entrepreneurship Program requirements, the associate dean will review the student's records. If all requirements are met satisfactorily, the associate dean will submit the candidate to the Deans of Business and Industry and of Engineering for issuance of the certificate. The associate dean will notify the Registrar to have a statement placed on the candidate's transcript. For more information about the entrepreneurship certificate program click here.
Geospatial and Remote Sensing—Geospatial technologies include remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and the more familiar global positioning systems (GPS). MSU is highly respected on the national level because research in these areas has results in various real-world applications for agriculture and natural resource management, local/state/federal agency applications, homeland security, coastal zone management, and enhancing transportation systems and designs. Students who engage in the geospatial and remote sensing program will gain experience in developing and operating imaging and GIS systems for surveillance, security, agriculture and urban mapping, as well as for environmental and wildlife land management purposes. Engineering students who complete the certificate are heavily recruited to work in the state and federal government (laboratories, operational agencies), agriculture, forestry, transportation, power and communication, and environmental. The certificate is awarded by the Bagley College of Engineering. For additional information, contact Dr. Lori Bruce at 662-325-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Assurance—The Information Assurance Certificate provides educational course work in the areas of information assurance and data security. MSU is certified as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (IA) by the National Security Agency; the IA program of instruction has been certified by the Committee on National Security Standards (CNSS) against the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals—NSTISSI No. 4011 and the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO)—NSTISSI No. 4014. The curriculum for the certificate conforms to the Federal training standards in this area. A faculty member from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering’s Center for Computer Security Research (CCSR) will be appointed annually to administer the program. The certificate is jointly administered through the CCSR and the Dean of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Additional information may be accessed at http://security.cse.msstate.edu/IAcertificateappl.doc. For additional information, contact Dr. David A. Dampier at 662-325-8923 or email@example.com.
Manufacturing—In addition to coursework, the Manufacturing Certificate requires actual work experience in a manufacturing environment equivalent to a cooperative work semester or a summer internship. The certificate is a means for students to gain an enhanced manufacturing related educational experience. Verification of employment by the employer, including a description of work duties may be required of the candidate prior to certification. The Manufacturing Certificate is jointly administered by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Dean of Engineering. For additional information, contact Mr. Larry G. Dalton at 662-325-0570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials—The Materials Certificate recognizes the completion of an organized plan of study in the interdisciplinary materials related areas. Courses for the certificate cover topics on advanced composites, biomaterials, materials processing, polymers, and electrical materials. Through the combination of research and engineering, students may choose to specialize their certificate in any two additional areas of study that include: aerospace, biomedical, chemistry, computer, environmental, forest products, mechanical, and physics. The Materials Engineering Working Group (MWG) will serve as the advisory committee to oversee and recommend courses in the certificate group. The Materials Certificate is administered by the Dean of Engineering. Additional information, including course selection, may be accessed at http://www.bagley.msstate.edu/research/workinggroups/materials/index.php. For specific information, contact Dr. Judith Schneider, Materials Engineering Coordinator, at 662-325-9154 or Schneider@me.msstate.edu.
Six Sigma—The Six Sigma Certificate offers students formal training in order to utilize various problem solving and process improvement methods to facilitate improved performance by identifying and eliminating “non-value added” activity or waste in organizational functions. The program is a rigorous application of an extensive set of skills and methods, both statistical and non-statistical, utilized to reduce the amount of output variation in any given process. Completion of this certificate lends to salary and career enhancement, proven credibility, and an improved skill set. The certificate is jointly administered by the Department of Industrial Engineering and the Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering. Additional information may be accessed at http://www.ie.msstate.edu/SixSigma/sixsigma.htm. For additional information, contact Mr. Larry Dalton at 662-325-0570 or Dalton@ise.msstate.edu.
Software Engineering—The Software Engineering Certificate focuses on the application of science and mathematics in a disciplined process in order to address the problem of making computers useful via software. The program offers a formalized program of study focused on the software engineering skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic field of software development. Laboratories facilities within the Center for Computer Security Research are equipped to allow students to explore cyber crime and research methods to develop information assurance software security programs that are difficult to filtrate. The certificate targets those professionals with an interest in learning about software engineering but, without the intent to pursue a graduate degree in software engineering. The program is available to students in other disciplines. Additional information may be accessed at http://www.cse.msstate.edu/academics/gradstud/certificate.php. For additional information, contact Dr. David A. Dampier at 662-325-8923 or email@example.com.