Graduate School

Graduate School Certificate Programs

Graduate certificates can be obtained concurrently with a graduate degree or can be obtained by students who have completed an undergraduate degree. A graduate certificate requires fewer credits and is more limited in scope than a master's degree. You may be interested in a graduate certificate if you have a specific skill set you'd like to enhance. Many of our students seeking certificates use them to get further a career, find a new job, or meet state or national licensing requirements.

A maximum of 1/3 of the coursework credits required for a certificate can be transferred in from another university or from a Michigan Tech undergraduate degree schedule. Credits applied toward a certificate can be used to satisfy both requirements for a degree and requirements for a certificate. Credits applied toward a certificate must have been earned no more than 5 years prior to the date on which the certificate will be awarded.. Research credits (if required for the certificate) must be earned through Michigan Tech.

Credits may be double counted between a single certificate and a single master's or PhD program.

Certificate Admissions

  • Current Michigan Tech graduate students who are in a degree program do not need to formally apply. However, we recommend that you talk to your advisor before beginning your coursework.
  • Non-degree seeking students interested in obtaining a graduate certificate must apply to the certificate program using the online application— the number of credits earned prior to admission that can be counted are restricted.
  • International Students must apply and be accepted into a degree-granting program in order to earn a graduate certificate.

Available Graduate Certificates

  • Advanced Electric Power Engineering
    The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Electric Power Engineering program provides advanced knowledge of the operation and design of electric power systems.
  • Automotive Systems and Controls
    Students completing this certificate will develop competencies in controls, systems engineering, and systems integration, encompassing multiple aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering with a primary focus on automotive applications.
  • Data Science
    The Data Science Graduate Certificate program provides students with strong academic training in data analysis, including aspects of predictive modeling and data mining. The skills developed are broadly applicable, and being interdisciplinary in nature, this Data Science certificate can enhance backgrounds in many disciplines.
  • Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering
    The Graduate Certificate in Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering program provides advanced knowledge of the design, calibration, and operating characteristics of electric drive and hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Nanotechnology
    The Graduate Certificate in Nanotechnology recognizes advanced study of scientific, technological, and engineering topics in nanotechnology, including aspects of (i) characterization, (ii) micro- to nano-scale fabrication and control, and (iii) devices, systems and integration. The certificate also requires study of the societal and ethical implications of emerging technologies.
  • Post-Secondary STEM Education
    The Post-Secondary STEM Education Graduate Certificate is designed to develop high-level skills related to the assessment, development, and delivery of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction at university or community college settings.
  • Sustainability
    The Certificate in Sustainability formally recognizes curricular breadth in the following areas: i) policy, societal, and economic systems, ii) environmental systems, and iii) industrial systems. The student has the opportunity to achieve specialized education in engineering, forestry, science, social sciences, humanities, business, and economics.
  • Sustainable Water Resources Systems
    The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Systems will be useful to students in such fields as natural resource management, business and policy, environmental and civil engineering, geology and geological engineering, and environmental policy.