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Graduate Certificates

Graduate Stackable Certificates

A Cockrell School of Engineering Graduate Certificate in a career-aligned specialized topics area enables the working engineer a cost-effective post-graduate option to update technical skills and deepen knowledge.

Stackable graduate certificate programs provide students with the opportunity to earn a transcript-recognized, non-degree credential for completing a structured sequence of courses. These programs are specifically designed to meet identified workforce needs and to provide engineers and STEM professionals with skills and knowledge that will be useful for their lives and careers.

Please note that admission to one of our online graduate certificates does not assure you of admission into the UT Austin Graduate School to pursue an advance degree. But if you decide to apply to an associated Master’s Degree program, following successful application and admission, Graduate Certificate coursework may be used to satisfy the requirements of a Master’s degree, thus creating a stackable pathway towards degree.

All the Graduate Certificate programs listed below are exclusively offered online and require that students have their bachelor's degree. You'll learn from the same faculty who have helped establish the University of Texas as one of the top universities in the world.

Current Stackable Certificate Programs:


Mechanical Engineering Controls Certificate: Designed primarily for working mechanical and petroleum engineers who deal with the control and optimization of processes and systems. While working engineers from the energy industry are estimated to gain significant value from this Graduate Certificate, engineers across several disciplines will benefit from topics, including process control, controls of physical systems, and automatic control as they ensure industrial systems operate the process safely, reliably and profitably.

The program requires completion of 9 semester credit hours of coursework. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate and admission into the degree program, these 9 credit hours can be applied to either the PGE or ME Option III Master's Degree.

  • ME 381M Statistical Methods for Process Control and Manufacturing
  • ME 386M Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Physical Systems
  • ME 387M Introduction to Automatic Control

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Petroleum Engineering Data Analytics Certificate: The Data Analytics graduate certificate is designed primarily for the working petroleum engineer who want to master the ability to use analytics on the massive amounts of data being made available in the industry to better inform decision-making. With the proliferation of data recording sensors in exploration, drilling, and production operations, the oil and gas industry has become a massive data intensive industry. Analyzing seismic and micro-seismic data, improving reservoir characterization and simulation, reducing drilling time and increasing drilling safety, optimization of the performance of production pumps, improved petrochemical asset management, improved logistics, and improved safety are among some of the applications of Data Analytics in the oil and gas industry. As the energy industry continues to rely on the increasing amount of diverse production and geological data (and the attendant increasing availability of big datasets), this Graduate Certificate represents the critical competencies an oil and gas engineer needs to compete and be successful in the energy industry.

The program requires completion of 9 semester credit hours of coursework. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate and admission into the degree program, these 9 credit hours can be applied to either the PGE Option III Master's Degree.

  • PGE 383 Topic 56 Stochastic Methods for Reservoir Modeling
  • PGE 383 Subsurface Machine Learning
  • PGE 383 High Performance Computing for Engineer

Petroleum Engineering Fundamentals Certificate (COMING SOON): The Petroleum Engineering Fundamentals graduate certificate is designed primarily for non-petroleum engineers working in the oil and gas industry that desire a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the industry, including reservoir engineering, drilling, and production. The program is designed to maximize flexibility for the working professional while delivering mission‐critical and industry‐essential skills through a top‐ranked curriculum.

The program requires completion of 9 semester credit hours of coursework from the following course options. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate and admission into the degree program, these 9 credit hours can be applied to either the PGE Option III Master's Degree.

  • PGE 383 Topic 35 Advanced Production Engineering
  • PGE 381L Advanced Petrophysics
  • PGE 381 Drilling Engineering
  • PGE 388 Advanced Reservoir Engineering
  • PGE 382 Basic Geological Concepts for Engineers

Petroleum Engineering: Unconventional Resources (COMING SOON): The Unconventional Resources graduate certificate is designed primarily for the working petroleum engineer who desires additional expertise and tools to understand and evaluate unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. The primary focus is on shale development but with coverage of the few select key elements of shale that are similar to coalbed methane, and tight oil and gas sands. As a recent and rapidly growing part of the oil and gas industry worldwide, this graduate certificate provides an important credential for the oil and gas engineer to understand this increasingly active sector of the petroleum industry today to optimize different drilling and completion options and address current environmental challenges and solutions.

The program requires completion of 9 semester credit hours of coursework from the following course options. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate and admission into the degree program, these 9 credit hours can be applied to either the PGE Option III Master's Degree.

  • PGE 383 Topic 33 Advanced Drilling and Well Completion
  • PGE 383 Topic 32 Hydraulic Fracture Design and Evaluation
  • PGE 383 Formation Evaluation of Unconventional Resources

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How to Apply?

Interested participants must apply by providing a resume, transcripts, and a letter indicating why you want to pursue this certificate. For more information or if you would like to apply for the graduate certificate please contact Lauren Salinas.