This certificate will provide knowledge and education in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD).  Completing this certificate will enable the student to use CFD tools effectively in the design process.  The required 12-credits of graduate courses for the certificate can be taken either in the classroom, or online to accommodate remote students.  The online program will be offered in collaboration with the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning, and will consist of recorded lectures delivered using streaming media technology as well as teacher-student interaction via chat room, e-mail, and phone conversations.

The program will be most appropriate for those individuals with a bachelor's degree in a scientific and engineering discipline, who are pursuing a professional career, and who already have a strong base of engineering skill, including an understanding of fluid mechanics or aerodynamics.  Applicants must meet all admissions requirements for certificate-seeking graduate admission as defined by the University's policy on Admission to Graduate Study.

In addition, applicants must have earned a previous degree in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field and must demonstrate a GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  Candidates may be considered for admission by the Computational Fluid Dynamics supervisory committee if they do not meet all of these requirements, but otherwise show clear potential.  However, all students must meet the university's minimum requirements for admission to graduate study.

Admission into the certificate program will not guarantee admission into the master's or doctoral programs.  If a student who earns a certificate wishes to obtain admission into the master's or doctoral programs, the student will need to apply for admission and gain acceptance by meeting the admission requirements as established by KUAE and the University admissions policies.

Application Requirements

In order for applications to be considered complete, the following materials must be submitted online with the application by the posted deadline:

  1. Transcripts from all degree granting institutions (If admitted, official transcripts must be submitted by all applicants - including KU undergraduate students). In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the institution either by mail or e-mailed directly to the university. KU does not consider transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant's possession as official. You may be admitted by the department with the transcript you uploaded to the application; however, University Graduate Admissions must receive your official transcript - sent directly from your institution – before you will be officially admitted to the University. Degree conferral transcripts must be received by the end of your first semester of graduate enrollment to be eligible to continue enrollment. The official transcript must show that your undergraduate degree has been conferred.
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Official scores from an English proficiency standardized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE), sent by the testing agency to the University of Kansas. Official scores must be less than two years old. (Only for non-native English speakers)
  4. Statement of Financial Resources may be required for International students

* Please note: All application materials must be received before any type of decision is made. Do not send paper documents unless requested.

Admission into the certificate program will not guarantee admission into the masters or doctoral programs. If a student who receives a certificate wishes to obtain admission into the masters or doctoral programs, the student will need to apply for admission and gain acceptance by meeting the admission requirements of KUAE and KU graduate programs.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must complete one mandatory course and three elective courses.

One Mandatory Course (3 credits)

AE 746 - Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (Offered every Fall)

Three Elective Courses (9 credits) from:

AE 743 - Compressible Aerodynamics (Offered every Spring)

AE 744 - Introduction to Turbulent Flow (Offered every other Spring in even years)

AE 846 - Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (Offered every other Spring in odd years)

EECS 639 - Introduction to Scientific Computing (Offered every Fall)

EECS 739 - Parallel Scientific Computing (Offered every Spring)

Courses offered online will be assessed in the same way as regular graduate courses.  Home work, exams, and projects will be used as assessing tools.  The completion requirements of the graduate certificate in Computational Fluid Dynamics include:

a. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better in the required courses

b. Grades of C- and below do not count toward fulfilling requirements and cannot be counted toward certificate completion

c. No credits may be transferred from another institution for this certificate