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.

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 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, contact Dr. Randy Follett, 662.325.3073 or follett@ece.msstate.edu.

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 computer science and engineering department, 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. Andy Perkins at 662.325.0004 or perkins@cse.msstate.edu.

Energy

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.

The Energy Certificate Committee will review the candidates’ records to determine if course and grade requirements have been met. If all requirements have been met, the committee will submit the candidates’ name to the Dean of Engineering for certification. The Energy Certificate will be awarded at the time of completing a degree from MSU for degree-seeking students and the Dean of Engineering will notify the Office of the Registrar that the candidate has completed the Energy Certificate program (international exchange students are exempt from this requirement).

The Energy Certificate is open to undergraduate students in good standing at MSU. Each student who wishes to participate in the program must complete the Energy Certificate Application and submit it to the Committee of the Energy Certificate Program (Dr. Heejin Cho at cho@me.msstate.edu and Dr. Masoud Karimi at karimi@ece.msstate.edu).

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. Click here for more information about the entrepreneurship certificate program or contact Dr. Yucheng Liu at liu@me.msstate.edu.

Cyber Security

The Computer Science and Engineering department offers two cyber security certificate programs.

  • 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. To apply for the Information Assurance Professional Certificate, complete the IA Certificate Application. If you are an undergraduate applying for the certificate, email the application form and an unofficial transcript to Mrs. Pam Bobo. If you are a graduate student seeking the IA Certificate, email the application form and transcript to Mrs. Wendy Dandass. To receive this certificate you must demonstrate the successful completion of the required courses.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Operations may be awarded upon completion of a graduate degree in computer science or electrical engineering. To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Operations, complete the GCO Certificate Application and email the form and an unofficial transcript to Mrs. Wendy Dandass. To receive this certificate you must demonstrate the successful completion of the required courses.

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 bagley.msstate.edu/research/materials. For specific information, contact Dr. Hongjoo Rhee at 662.325.3260 or hrhee@me.msstate.edu.