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Naval Engineering
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (MC 0203) Randolph Hall, RM 215 Virginia Tech 460 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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Certificate Overview

Naval Engineering is defined as a field of study and expertise that includes all engineering and sciences as applied in the research, development, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and logistic support of surface and subsurface ships, craft, aircraft, and vehicles (manned and autonomous) used by the Navy for the nation’s defense. It is inherently multidisciplinary involving all departments from the College of Engineering and departments from other colleges as well. This certificate program enables graduate students throughout the College of Engineering to better prepare for this critical profession. It is open to all graduate students in the College of Engineering including Distance Learning students.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements

Students must have:

  • Registered no later than the last day to add courses for the semester in which they complete the last courses for the certificate,
  • Submitted the application for the certificate to the Graduate School, which has been signed by one of the faculty members on the Graduate Certificate in Naval Engineering Oversight Committee,
  • Attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the designated courses, and
  • Submitted the application for certificate conferral to the Graduate School. 

Course Requirements

AOE 5304: Advanced Naval Architecture (3 credits)*

AOE 5305: Marine Engineering (3 credits)**

AOE 5314: Naval Ship System Design and Effectiveness (3 credits)***

May substitute AOE 5334: Advanced Dynamics if Naval Architecture was taken previously as an undergraduate or other.

** May substitute AOE 5074: Advanced Ship Structural Analysis if Marine Engineering was taken previously as an undergraduate or other.

*** It is strongly recommended that prior to taking AOE 5314: Naval Ship System Design and Effectiveness, students first take AOE 4264: Principles of Naval Engineering.