This certificate recognizes student accomplishments at the graduate level in successfully completing a specialized program of study in the cross-disciplinary field of hypersonics. It is sponsored by the Ann and H. J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) and the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and involves courses from AES and ME.

The purpose of the certificate is to develop interdisciplinary skills in the field of hypersonics, which requires knowledge about fundamental areas such as gas dynamics, materials, controls, and how their inter-relationships determine hypersonic vehicle performance. The certificate is available to both current graduate students and non-degree students.

Certificate Requirements

The standard requirements of this certificate program are the completion of twelve (12) hours of graduate-level coursework (typically four 3-credit courses) with grades of B or better in each course. There is one required course, ASEN 5519 Introduction to Hypersonics. Each student is free to choose the other three courses from the elective list below.

Students also pursuing other graduate certificates cannot use the same courses to count for both certificates.


  • ASEN 5519: Introduction to Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics
  • Three additional 3-credit courses from the list of Electives.


  • ASEN 5151: Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics
  • ASEN 5121: Boundary Layers and Convection
  • MCEN 5042: Heat Transfer
  • MCEN 6001: Reacting Flows
  • MCEN 5228: High Temperature Materials
  • MCEN 5022: Classical Thermodynamics
  • ASEN 5053: Rocket Propulsion
  • ASEN 5212: Composite Structures and Materials
  • ASEN 5519: Special Topics: Molecular Thermo & Kinetics
  • ASEN 6061: Molecular gas Dynamics and DSMC
  • ASEN 6331: CFD Unstructured Grid
  • ASEN 5519: Hypersonic Vehicle Design Project
  • ASEN 6037/MCEN 7221: Turbulent Flows
  • MCEN 5024: Materials Chemistry and Structure
  • ASEN 6015: Aerospace Vehicle Guidance and Control
  • ASEN 5152: High Temperature Gas Dynamics
  • ASEN 5018: Graduate Projects (Specifically focused on hypersonics, approved by certificate coordinator)

Enrollment and Awarding

*Note: A grade of B or higher is required in all courses to earn a certificate.

Informational resources


Aerospace Engineering Sciences Graduate Program Advisor Maureen Craig.