About the Certificate

This graduate certificate in Materials for Extreme Environments provides working professionals and graduate-level students with advanced insights into the fundamentals and characteristics of materials produced for service in extreme environments and the degradation mechanisms involved in service. Students enrolled in this certificate will take one required course and three elective courses.

The following course is required:

  • MET ENG 5810 Principles of Engineering Materials

Choose three courses from the following:

  • CER ENG 5250 Refractories
  • CER ENG 6230 Composites
  • MSE 5220 Advanced Phase Equilibria
  • MET ENG 5170 Nuclear Materials I
  • MET ENG 5230 Corrosion and Its Prevention
  • MECH ENG/AERO ENG 5212 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

The Materials for Extreme Environments Certificate Program is open to all persons holding a bachelor's, master's., or doctorate degree in engineering, science, and/or mathematics and who have a minimum of one year of professional employment experience, or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designated courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.  Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program.

A student admitted to the Materials for Extreme Environments Certificate Program will have non-degree graduate status; however, they will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student, upon application, will be admitted to the master’s degree program sponsoring the graduate certificate, provided that all other program prerequisites and admission requirements are met. The certificate credits taken by the student admitted to the master's degree program will count toward their master's degree. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to begin the courses in the Materials for Extreme Environments Certificate Program will be allowed to take ''bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Students applying for a graduate certificate must submit the following:

  • Completed Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts

Online Application

  • When you start a new application, select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select the certificate program.
  • Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.
  • Statement of purpose should be 2-3 paragraphs explaining why you are applying for this program. 
  • Statement is to be submitted electronically on the online application; you'll copy and paste it into the provided text box.

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admit decision. 

  • Upload your transcripts on the online application under your "Institutional Data." If you previously attended S&T, you must upload your transcript. An unofficial transcript can be requested through Joe’SS. How to Request Unofficial Transcripts (pdf)  
  • PDF scans are preferred.
  • The university requires official transcripts from all schools attended before a student may register for a second semester.
  • In order for a transcript to be counted as official it must be sent directly from the school to S&T, it cannot come from a student. 

Official transcripts should be mailed to Global Learning:

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Office of Global Learning
G8 Norwood Hall, 320 West 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409


Pathway to a Master's Degree

Are you a working professional who wants to earn your master's degree, but you don’t have time to take the GRE/GMAT? Then start in a graduate certificate program. Graduate certificates were designed as a pathway to a master's degree.* The admission requirements are more relaxed and credit earned will count toward your degree. Once you successfully earn your graduate certificate, you can continue with the corresponding master's degree without having to take the GRE/GMAT.

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply.


Contact Us

Missouri S&T Online Education

Sylvia Skouby, Associate Director for Online Admissions

Phone: 573-341-6903
Email: stgrad@mst.edu

Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Michael Moats
Associate Chair for Graduate Programs and Professor
B39 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: 573-341-6974
Fax: 573-341-6934
Email: moatsm@mst.edu
Web: mse.mst.edu

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Xiaodong Yang
Associate Professor
227 Toomey Hall
Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: 573-341-6273
Email: yangxia@mst.edu
Web: mae.mst.edu

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Anna Vroman
Administrative Assistant
226 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: 573-341-4753
Email: avroman@mst.edu
Web: mne.mst.edu