Department and Director

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Program Director: Dr. Heng Ban

Associate Program Director: Dr. Thomas V. Congedo

Offered On-Campus and 100% Online

Credits and Program Duration

Average Time to Complete Certificate Program: 20 months

Credit Hours Required: 15 credits or five courses

NOTE: Performance dependent, students who intend to apply for the Master of Science Program in Nuclear Engineering can expect all 15 credits to transfer to the MS program if accepted. Admission to one of our online certificates does not guarantee you admission into Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering Graduate School to pursue an advanced degree.

Who Should Apply?

BS in Engineering from an ABET accredited university program OR BS in other technical disciplines

NOTE: Professional experience will be considered.

Accepts Part-Time and Full-Time Students

Application Requirements

  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE score required for certificates
  • Official transcripts to apply

Application Deadlines

Domestic students have up to 60 days before the start of the term to apply for admission to the Graduate School of Engineering. International students must meet the following application deadlines:

  • March 01 - Fall Semester
  • July 01 - Spring Semester
  • February 01 - Summer Semester

Online Features

Identical content to our on-campus curriculum

Taught by the same expert faculty as our on-campus classes

Convenience to attend lectures online after work hours or view a recorded lecture


Online graduate students are offered an in-state, per-credit part-time tuition rate regardless of state of residence. Please contact Stephanie Opalinski at for further information on tuition costs for online students. More information on Pitt's tuition rates and fees can be found at

Group tuition rates are available to qualifying organizations. Learn more about Pitt's Corporate Partnerships.