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.

This certificate is available to graduate degree-seeking and non-matriculated students. Additional certificate information can be found on the department's Hypersonics Certificate webpage.

Distance Education Option

Students can take individual courses toward a master's degree or graduate certificate through distance education (online). For more information, connect with the individual graduate program directly.


Admission Requirements

  • Completed undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or its equivalent.
  • Undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra and differential equations; two semesters of undergraduate calculus-based physics; and at least two semesters of upper-division undergraduate courses in engineering or physics.
  • Ability to program at a level that will enable successful completion of graduate course assignments.

For more information, degree-seeking students may visit the AES Certificates webpage; nondegree-seeking and non-matriculated students may visit the AES Certificates & Continuing Education webpage.

Required Courses and Credits

The standard requirements of this certificate program are the completion of twelve (12) hours of graduate-level coursework (typically four 3-credit courses). 

There is one required course, ASEN 5131 Introduction to Hypersonics. Each student is free to choose the other three courses from the elective list below.

Grades of B or higher are required for fulfillment of requirements and certificate award. Students also pursuing other graduate certificates may not use the same courses to count for both certificates.

Course Requirements
ASEN 5131Introduction to Hypersonics3
Choose three:9
Graduate Projects I (Specifically focused on hypersonics, approved by certificate coordinator)
Graduate Projects II
Space Propulsion
Boundary Layers and Convection
Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics
Composite Structures and Materials
Molecular Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Special Topics (Hypersonic Vehicle Design Project)
Independent Study (Specifically focused on hypersonics, approved by certificate coordinator)
Space Vehicle Guidance and Control
Turbulent Flows
Molecular Gas Dynamics and DSMC
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Classical Thermodynamics
Materials Chemistry and Structures
Heat Transfer
Introduction to Combustion
Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (High Temperature Materials)
Reacting Flows
Total Credit Hours12