4 Courses Required

The Guidance and Control Graduate Certificate provides an understanding of the fundamentals behind modern control techniques for linear and non-linear systems as well as orbital mechanics. Students will use MATLAB extensively, becoming familiar with the programming language by the completion of the certificate.

You Will Learn

  • Orbital mechanics
  • GPS based navigation
  • The development of automatic control systems
  • The understanding of system error
  • Stability
  • The dynamic response of such control systems

Who Should Apply

Mechanical and aerospace engineers looking to expand their knowledge of control of spacecraft and aircraft vehicles.

Additional Details

Earning the Certificate

  • Tailor the certificate to your interests and career goals
  • Begin your certificate any academic quarter that an applicable course is offered, subject to prerequisites
  • Take courses for graduate credit and a grade
  • Maintain a B average (GPA of 3.0) or better

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  • Basic knowledge of MATLAB
  • Linear algebra and differential equations
  • Strong college level dynamics
  • A conferred Bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better.


To pursue a graduate certificate you need to apply.


Tuition is based on the number of units you take. See Graduate Course Tuition on our Tuition & Fees page for more information.

Time to Complete Certificate

1-2 years average
3 years maximum to complete


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