A group of naval vessels in the Pacific Ocean

Naval engineering is a field of study and expertise that includes all engineering and sciences as applied in the

  • research
  • development
  • design
  • construction
  • operation
  • maintenance
  • and logistic support

…of surface and subsurface ships, craft, aircraft, and vehicles (manned and autonomous) used by the Navy for the nation’s defense.

This certificate program is inherently multidisciplinary, involving all departments from the College of Engineering and from other colleges.

The program will attract and enable graduate students throughout the college to better prepare for this critical profession. It is open to all graduate students in the College of Engineering including distance-learning students.


Required coursework in addition to graduate degree:

  • 3 credit hours  |  AOE    5304:     Advanced Naval Architecture or equivalent
  • 3 credit hours  |  AOE    5305:     Marine Engineering or equivalent*
  • 3 credit hours  |  AOE    5314:     Naval Ship System Design and Effectiveness** 

* May substitute AOE 5074: Advanced Ship Structural Analysis if Marine Engineering was taken previously as an undergraduate or other.

** It is strongly recommended that students who wish to take AOE 5314: Naval Ship System Design and Effectiveness, first take AOE 4264: Principles of Naval Engineering.

Students enrolled in their last class of the naval engineering graduate certificate should submit the application for degree or certificate (AFDC) conferral form by the application for degree deadlines.


Application for degree deadlines

  • Fall semester: October 1
  • Spring semester: March 1

Contact: Dr. Alan Brown, albrown5@vt.edu