Vehicle Dynamics Certificate

  • Programs Offered

    • Certificate
  • Delivery Options

    • Online

    • On-Campus
    • Accelerated
  • Credits

    • 9 credits
  • Timeline

    • One–three semesters

Gain High-level skills for Understanding the Behavior of Vehicles in Motion.

There is an increasing demand for engineers whose understanding encompasses not just math and science, but also the computational aspects of vehicle dynamics. Michigan Tech's graduate on-campus and online certificate in Vehicle Dynamics is taught by industry-connected faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. This certificate builds your theoretical knowledge in vehicle dynamics and provide opportunities to apply the theoretical concepts you have learned to solve real-world automotive engineering problems. Vehicle dynamics is an essential component of vehicle and propulsion system engineering. It provides the concepts for assessing vehicle performance, enhancing vehicle dynamics, and minimizing potential accidents.

Who is This Certificate For?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.

What You Need to Know

The graduate certificate in Vehicle Dynamics program equips students with tools and concepts to understand the behavior of vehicles in motion. You will develop the fundamental knowledge of lateral and longitudinal vehicle dynamics as well as the ability to adequately construct a model, perform simulations, and assess performance relative to targets and specifications.

Topics include modeling, analysis and simulation of lateral and longitudinal vehicle characteristics, suspension, tires, propulsion system designs, and chassis system integration. You will learn principles of control systems for traction, propulsion, braking, and automated driving. You will also apply vehicle dynamics, propulsion, and control techniques to solve engineering problems.


To enroll in this certificate program, students must have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, or a degree in a closely related technical field. Students with degrees in other fields may be required to take preparatory courses. See complete admissions requirements.

Accelerated Option

Michigan Tech Bachelor's + 1 Semester = Accelerated Graduate Certificate

Current Michigan Tech undergraduates or recent alumni, get started right away. Our accelerated graduate certificates are a fast, affordable way to add graduate credentials to your bachelor's degree in as little as one semester. Be more marketable in your industry or prepare for your master's degree. Explore accelerated certificate options.

Online Option

Accredited Courses, Convenience

Online learning at Michigan Tech provides greater flexibility and can fit around your busy schedule wherever you are. Upgrade or change your career path.

Prospective students can earn graduate certificate in Vehicle Dynamics fully online.


This graduate certificate requires a minimum of 9 total credits. Students may apply the credits earned for this certificate toward a graduate degree at Michigan Tech.

Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.