Mechanical Engineering Certificate Programs

Working professionals are often interested in gaining more experience, developing sharper skills and increasing their knowledge in a specific area. Graduate certificates allow you to accomplish this in only four or five courses. Courses successfully taken as part of a certificate program can also be applied toward a degree in that field if you apply and are accepted into the related master’s program.

Villanova’s College of Engineering offers five Mechanical Engineering certificates and 11 more in a variety of other disciplines. All Mechanical Engineering certificates can be completed through our E-Learning program.

Note that successful completion of the certificate program requires an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Mechanical Engineering Certificates


A certificate in Mechanics and Materials will be awarded upon successful completion of four courses selected from the list below. These four courses must include at least one course selected from each of the two disciplines: a) Mechanics and b) Materials. ME 7000 can be taken as one of the courses that count towards the certificate but it will not count towards the required one course from either discipline.

Materials Courses:

Mechanics Courses:

Machinery Dynamics

A Certificate in Machinery Dynamics will be awarded upon successful completion of any four of the following courses:

Modeling and Simulation

A certificate in Modeling and Simulation requires the successful completion of five courses. Two tracks are available:  Dynamics & Systems (Track A) and Mechanics & Manufacturing (Track B).

The following two courses are required for both tracks:

Students then choose any three courses from the following options for each track:

Track A: Dynamics & Systems

ME 7204 - Comp-Aided Anal of Multibody Sys


Track B: Mechanics & Manufacturing

Thermofluid Systems

A certificate in Thermofluid Systems will be awarded upon successful completion of any four of the following courses:

Electro-Mechanical Systems

A certificate in Electro-Mechanical Systems will be awarded upon successful completion of a total of five courses. One of these courses is required and the remaining four are electives to be chosen from the elective course list below. At least one elective must be an ME graduate class. Similarly, at least one elective must be an ECE graduate class.

Required Course:

Elective Courses: (Choose four from the following list)


1These courses will be accepted only if the selected topics are appropriate for the certificate, as determined by the graduate committee chair.

2While ME 7000 may be used toward these certificate programs, it cannot be counted toward two different ME certificates.