Graduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering is an ever-evolving and highly challenging career choice. Aerospace engineers are on the leading-edge of that evolution, involved in research, design and development of a wide range of fascinating vehicles, some traveling at astounding speeds through both air and space. These systems can include satellites, launch vehicles, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, marine vessels, projectiles, airdrop vehicles and an ever widening range of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The skills developed in these courses can be applied in a number of different industries including those associated with aerospace science missions, defense missions and commercial applications as well as in the automobile and marine industries.

Aerospace Engineering is the branch of engineering that focuses on design, development and test of all aspects of atmospheric and space vehicles. The Certificate in Aerospace Engineering would be of interest to a variety of working professionals, including those with mechanical, electrical, computer science, physics or mathematics backgrounds seeking to expand their knowledge and career opportunities in this field. This certificate is available online and on-campus.

Application Process

Students to be admitted into the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Certificate must hold an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or closely related discipline and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.  GRE scores are not required.  Students can apply to transfer up to 6 credits of equivalent coursework into the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Certificate.  The certificate coordinator must approve such transfer credits after assessing whether they are substantially equivalent.

When you are ready to apply, please first review the Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application here.


David S. Rubenstein, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

The University of Maine
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 219
Orono, ME  04469-5711
Phone: (207) 581-2120
Fax: (207) 581-2379

Required Courses (12 credits)

The Graduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering is comprised of four courses totaling 12 credits.  The courses are:

  • MEE 445: Aeronautics Credits 3 cr. Syllabus
  • MEE 446: Astronautics Credits 3 cr. Syllabus
  • MEE 547: Flight Dynamics and Control of Aircraft Credits 3 cr. Syllabus
  • MEE 548: Spacecraft Orbit and Attitude Dynamics and Control Credits 3 cr. Syllabus

A grade of B or higher is required for courses to count towards completion of the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Certificate.

Schedule of Aerospace Engineering Courses

  • Fall 2018 – MEE 445: Aeronautics
  • Spring 2018 – MEE 548: Spacecraft Orbit and Attitude Dynamics and Control
  • Fall 2017 – MEE 446: Astronautics
  • Spring 2017 – MEE 547: Flight Dynamics and Control of Aircraft

Continuation to Professional Science Masters Degree in Engineering and Business

Aerospace Engineering Graduate Certificate coursework counts toward a Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Engineering and Business.  Information on the coursework and application requirements for the PSM may be found in the graduate catalog.