This Certificate Program in Composite Materials is offered by the University of Delaware’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Composite Materials and is administered through the Engineering Outreach Program. It is designed for engineering and science professionals who are new to the field of composite materials or wish to expand their knowledge of composite materials. To successfully participate in this certificate program, one should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or the sciences, thereby ensuring the necessary background in calculus, ordinary differential equations, and engineering mathematics including linear algebra and field theory.
If the certificate program participant only holds an undergraduate degree, it is recommended that he/she take the certificate program courses for credit and grade (A, B, etc.), so that, if at a later date the participant elects to pursue a graduate engineering degree, these graduate engineering courses would be transferable into that degree program. (At most institutions, including the University of Delaware, a maximum of three courses–9 credits–taken in a non-degree status can be transferred into a graduate degree program.) If the certificate program participant already holds a graduate degree and does not intend to use the courses toward any future degree program, then the participant may elect to take the courses Pass/Fail, still earning graduate credits; but those credits are unlikely to be transferable into a graduate degree program.
The Certificate in Composite Materials will be signed by the Director of UD’s Center for Composite Materials, the academic department chairperson for each course taken by the awardee, and the Director of Engineering Outreach. Those who are awarded the Certificate in Composite Materials will have satisfactorily completed three graduate level courses (9 credits).
The University of Delaware published graduate student tuition base rate for graduate credit in 2016-17 is $1,720 per credit hour. UD Deans may offer adjustments to students in specific programs that may reduce the per credit costs.