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Computer-Integrated Design in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The computer-integrated design certificate program has been created to provide working engineers with a coordinated four-course sequence that emphasizes hands-on experience with current professional design methodologies, and software.

Analysis and design techniques utilizing industry-standard computer codes are beginning to be addressed in some of today’s undergraduate engineering programs, but many working engineers lack sufficient training in this area and are required to gain their expertise while on the job.  The computer-integrated design certificate program has been created to provide such engineers with a coordinated four-course sequence that emphasizes hands-on experience with current professional design methodologies, and software.

This certificate program offers an alternative to a Master of Science degree (M.S.) program for professionals who wish to expand their education beyond the bachelor’s degree but might not have the time to commit to a full graduate degree program.  The graduate certificate in computer-integrated design serves as a path towards the M.S. degree (since the M.S. program accepts all certificate courses) in mechanical and aerospace engineering at The George Washington University.

The program comprises four courses (12 credit hours) – three courses focus on numerical design and analysis tools, and the fourth course is the capstone course in which students apply these tools to individual projects in aircraft, mechanical, or spacecraft design.  Each of the classes meets in the evening once per week.  The twelve credits earned in the graduate certificate program are fully transferable to the MS program of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Students who wish to become M.S. candidates must complete another application and will be subject to the standard requirements then in effect for admission for graduate study in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – January 15
Spring – September 1
Summer – March 1

Standardized test scores:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a copy in the original language and an English language translation must be uploaded. Transcript evaluations should not be uploaded. Applicants with degrees from Indian universities should upload transcripts and/or detailed marksheets.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University; describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.

International applicants only:

International applicants requiring a visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program, but may apply for the M.S., Ph.D., or a professional degree (App.Sc. or Engr.) in mechanical and aerospace engineering with an area of focus in design of mechanical engineering systems.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact for questions:
engineering@gwu.edu - 202.596.7239 - 202.994.1651 (fax)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Skype: GW Engineering