Applied Trajectory Optimization Certificate

Certificate #299

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Program Area: Naval Engineering

POC: Program Manager

Modality: Distance Learning


This certificate program provides students a suite of practical mathematical tools for applying trajectory optimization techniques to solve various problems in engineering design and optimization. The coursework equips students with an ability to model various dynamical systems and formulate a collection of dynamic optimization problems that explore the engineering trade-space. Two of the four-course sequence may be chosen as track electives to meet a student's particular interest in an engineering system. A capstone course provides the mathematical and computational framework that are necessary to apply the tools to address a trajectory optimization problem related to a practical system chosen by the student.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 Choose one of the following:
  • AE3818
  • AE4816
  • AE4818
  • AE4820
  • EC4310
  • AE4362
  • ME3801
  • ME4703
  • ME4822
  • MV3472
  • MX3001
  • PH3152
  • PH4153
  • AE3820
  • AE3815
Quarter 2 Choose one of the following:
  • AE3830
  • EC3320
  • MA4311
Quarter 3 AE4850
Quarter 4 ME4881

Requirements for Entry

  • Acceptance by the MAE Department

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

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Other Information

A minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed. To earn the academic certificate students must pass all four courses with a C+ (2.3 Quality Point Rating (QPR)) or better in each course and an overall QPR of 3.0 or better. Students earning grades below these standards will need to retake the courses to bring their grades within standards or they will be withdrawn from the program.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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