As part of our commitment to continuing education, CECS offers 20 graduate-level certificate programs to provide industry professionals an opportunity to acquire expertise in a particular focus area.

Courses completed toward one certificate area may not be double-counted toward additional certificates. Replacement courses may be elected with the approval of the program advisor. Students admitted to a CECS graduate certificate program have 3 years from their first semester of enrollment to complete the required number of credit hours for the certificate. Students have 2 years from the date they complete the last required graduate certificate course to apply for the certificate to be granted.

All of our graduate certificate program courses can be completed online.


Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in an engineering or computer science discipline with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Applicants who wish to pursue the Program & Project Management certificate may also possess a degree in Business, Economics, Math or another Physical Science.  The deadline to apply for a certificate program is no later than 1 month prior to the term an applicant wants to enroll in courses.  For more information on academic terms, please visit the University of Michigan-Dearborn Academic Calendar

Degree Seeking Students

Students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at UM-Dearborn may declare a CECS graduate certificate to supplement their primary field of study or area of expertise. Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their graduate degree program before applying to a certificate program. In order to declare a certificate, students must fill out a Declaration of Certificate Form and return it to the academic unit which supports the certificate.

Please note: For certificates offered in conjunction with majors offered through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, not more than one-sixth of the credits required for the graduate degree may be double-counted with a certificate. Specific rules regarding the duplicate use of credit hours are available at the Rackham Graduate School website at

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students may also pursue a graduate certificate as a non-degree seeking student. Students pursuing this option should complete the Graduate Certificate Application. Because of the relatively few credit hours required to earn a certificate, credits earned at another accredited institution, including another University of Michigan campus cannot be transferred into the UM-Dearborn CECS certificate program.

Completion of Certificate

Certificates are conferred three times per year: Fall, Winter, and Summer semester. A Program Completion Form should be completed and submitted to Records & Registration at the beginning of the term in which a student expects to complete their certificate requirements.  When applying for certification, all graduate certificate students are to abide by the official graduation timetable, which is predetermined by Enrollment Services and Office of the Registrar.  Students not meeting certificate requirements must apply for certification in a subsequent term by the specified deadline date. Students completing a certificate only are not eligible to participate in Commencement. Questions regarding completing a certificate can be directed to or 313-583-6500. 

For more information, please contact:

Computer & Information Science


  • Game Design
  • Software Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering


  • Control Systems
  • Electric Energy Technology
  • Electrical System Analytics
  • Electrical System Equipment 
  • Electrical System Planning
  • Electrical System Protection and Control
  • Intelligent Systems in Engineering Applications
  • Vehicle Electronics & Controls

Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering


  • Program & Project Management
  • Systems Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


  • Automotive Materials and Design Engineering
  • Automotive Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH)
  • Automotive Powertrains
  • Engineering of Electrified Vehicular Systems
  • Industrial Mechatronics
  • Materials for Manufacturing
  • Modeling and Simulations in Engineering
  • Plastic and Composite Materials


Undergraduate Certificates

Please visit the Undergraduate Certificate page for information regarding the Undergraduate Certificate in Practical Aspects of Computer Security (PACS).

CECS Graduate Education Office

Professional Education Center [PEC]
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