Aerospace engineering

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Overview

This online graduate certificate is designed for students working in the aerospace industry, seeking to increase their academic exposure to aerospace engineering. The certificate gives students access to technical knowledge they need to succeed and advance in their careers.

As a student, you would learn:

  • The ability to apply the fundamentals of both incompressible and compressible flows, wing and airfoil theory, and fluid kinematics and dynamics.
  • How to analyze aircraft engines and spacecraft propulsion systems.
  • The mechanics and design issues associated with aerospace structures; including the analysis of thin skins with stiffeners for external surfaces, bulkheads and frames for shape support, and fasteners for holding components together.
  • How to analyze the flight mechanics of aircraft, including flight performance, flight dynamics and stability, and flight control.

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in aerospace engineering

Campus

University of Missouri

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

College of Engineering

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours

12

Estimated cost

$7,912.80

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Job titles graduates of this program can expect to achieve:

  • Senior engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Staff engineer
  • Engineering manager
  • Program manager
  • Aerodynamics engineer
  • Flight test engineer
  • Guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) engineer
  • Thermal management engineer
  • Airframe structural analysis engineer
  • Propulsion engineer
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
4.31%
employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$92,000
median salary

Program structure

The online graduate certificate in aerospace engineering is 100% online: no campus visits required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one to two classes per semester and finish the program in one year.

Course work includes

  • Aerospace fluid mechanics
  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Aerospace structures
  • Aerospace flight mechanics

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

1 year

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Craig Kluever, PhD

Craig A. Kluever is a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri. He worked in the Space Shuttle Guidance, Navigation and Control group at Rockwell International before joining MU. His research interests include mission analysis and design, trajectory optimization, guidance and control of aerospace vehicles, reentry flight mechanics and orbital mechanics. His research and consulting efforts have been funded by NASA, SpaceX, Aerojet and Global Aerospace Corporation. He is a Deputy Editor of the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.

Craig Kluever, PhD
Professor, Program Director
C.L. Chen, PhD

Chung-Lung (C.L.) Chen is an endowed-chair professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the director of the Thermal, Fluid & Energy Laboratory at the University of Missouri. Before joining MU in 2011, he was the department manager and founder of Applied Computational Physics and Thermal & Flow Physics at the Teledyne Scientific (formerly the Rockwell Science Center).

C.L. Chen, PhD
William and Nancy Thompson Professor
Ming Xin.

Ming Xin is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri. His research interests include flight mechanics, guidance, navigation and control of aerospace vehicles. His research has been funded by NSF, NASA, DOE and USDA. He was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is a Technical Editor for IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and an Associate Editor for AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets.

Ming Xin, PhD
Professor
Hussein Nassar.

Hussein Nassar is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Missouri, Columbia. He studied Engineering, Mechanics and Mathematics in France and joined MU’s faculty in 2018. His research interests are in the area of solid mechanics and his activities are supported by the National Science Foundation and by the Army Research Office.

Hussein Nassar, PhD
Assistant Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the College of Engineering