Thermal-Fluid Sciences Certificate


The Certificate in Thermal Fluid Science program is a professional-oriented program designed for individuals who possess at least one degree in engineering or closely-related field and desire additional specialized training in an area of mechanical engineering. The certificate program makes available to working professionals valuable advanced training and professional development. The program is structured so that current employees can enhance skills relevant to employers’ needs without leaving for training.

This is a twelve hour program consisting of four graduate courses. Most of the graduate courses are offered during the evening, which is convenient for working professionals. The number of courses offered may vary per semester. Students receive a certificate upon completion of four graduate courses in a chosen area from the mechanical engineering graduate courses’ list with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the certificate program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor's  degree  in  Mechanical  Engineering  from  a  regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources
  4. Letter of intent detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree
  5. Resume

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 12 Hours

Choose four from the following:

MECE 6310Intermediate Engineering Analysis


MECE 6341Modeling of Physical Systems


MECE 6362Finite Element Analysis


MECE 6372Viscous Flow I


MECE 6373Viscous Flow II


MECE 6375Engineering Acoustics


MECE 6380Combustion Engineering


MECE 6385Thermal Systems


MECE 6399Topics in Mechanical Engineering


Total Credit Hours: 12