Certificates

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.

The Automotive Engineering 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 can be selected from aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer science and 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 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.

For additional information: Requirements for Automotive Engineering Certificate

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 program will provide students with recognition of their training in the area and will allow students from diverse disciplines to learn together.

For additional information: Requirements for Computational Biology Certificate

This program has been designed for engineering students who plan to pursue a career in energy related fields. The Energy Certificate utilizes courses in most MSU engineering programs plus a required course in alternate energy sources. Students who successfully complete the Energy Certificate will have acquired significant energy engineering expertise in their related engineering disciplines as well as an interdisciplinary overview of energy and sustainable energy concepts.

Upon completion of the Energy Certificate, students should have achieved the following student learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated an awareness and broadened perspective of energy issues.
  • Developed a more in-depth technical understanding of an energy area(s).
  • Successfully gained knowledge of and perspective for alternate energy sources.

For additional information: Requirements for Energy Certificate

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.

For additional information: Requirements for Entrepreneurship Certificate

The Information Assurance Professional Certificate may be awarded upon completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree majoring in: computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or information systems.

For additional information: Requirements for Information Assurance Certificate

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.

For additional information: Requirements for Materials Certificate

The Automotive Engineering 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 can be selected from aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer science and 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 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.

For additional information: Requirements for Automotive Engineering Certificate

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 program will provide students with recognition of their training in the area and will allow students from diverse disciplines to learn together.

For additional information: Requirements for Computational Biology Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Operations may be awarded upon completion of a graduate degree in computer science or electrical engineering.

For additional information: Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Cyber Operation

This program has been designed for engineering students who plan to pursue a career in energy related fields. The Energy Certificate utilizes courses in most MSU engineering programs plus a required course in alternate energy sources. Students who successfully complete the Energy Certificate will have acquired significant energy engineering expertise in their related engineering disciplines as well as an interdisciplinary overview of energy and sustainable energy concepts.

Upon completion of the Energy Certificate, students should have achieved the following student learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated an awareness and broadened perspective of energy issues.
  • Developed a more in-depth technical understanding of an energy area(s).
  • Successfully gained knowledge of and perspective for alternate energy sources.

For additional information: Requirements for Energy Certificate

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.

For additional information: Requirements for Entrepreneurship Certificate

The Information Assurance Professional Certificate may be awarded upon completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree majoring in: computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or information systems.

For additional information: Requirements for Information Assurance Certificate

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.

For additional information: Requirements for Materials Certificate