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Certificate in Noise Control

Advancing Your Knowledge While Enhancing Your Credentials

Curriculum Requirements
12 credits in noise control and related courses (i.e., other related aspects of mechanical engineering). Up to three semester credits can be transferred from another university (effectively, one of four courses); the remainder must be earned at Purdue.

An average grade of B or higher in the two core courses and an average of B or higher overall are required. If the student receives a lower grade in a course, he/she may repeat it once, or, for elective courses only, substitute another approved elective. This repetition or replacement will be allowed for a maximum of two courses only.

Admission Requirements
You must have a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area (Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Technology) with GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Note: Acceptance into the Certificate program does NOT assure admission to the Graduate School of Purdue University to pursue an advanced degree.

Course Requirements
All courses are taught by the graduate faculty of Purdue University.

ME 51300: Engineering Acoustics
ME 56300: Mechanical Vibrations

And six credits from the following electives:

Specialty Electives
ME 56400: Vibrations of Discrete Systems
ME 57900: Fourier Methods in Digital Signal Processing
ME 58000: Nonlinear Engineering Systems*
ME 59500: Fundamentals of Noise Control*
ME 61300: Advanced Engineering Acoustics
ME 61500: Aeroacoustics
ME 64000: Structural Acoustics

Complementary Electives
ME 50000: Thermodynamics
ME 50900: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
ME 57500: Theory and Design of Control Systems
MA 51100: Linear Algebra with Applications
MA 52000: Boundary Value Problems of Differential Equations*
MA 52500: Introduction to Complex Analysis

*Courses currently offered on West Lafayette campus only.

Benefits of the Program

  • Enhance your understanding of Noise Control Engineering processes and technologies and their applications in industry.
  • Strengthen your analytical skills and the ability to handle complex inter-disciplinary problems.
  • Equip yourself with tools that will improve your ability to solve realistic multi-mode problems with a comprehensive approach.

Intended Audience
This certificate program meets the needs of mid-career and late-career engineers new to the area of Noise Control and engineering managers who need a background in Noise Control and its implementation in emerging technologies. This certificate program is available for off-campus students only.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply for the certificate?
Complete a Notice of Interest. When the ProEd office receives your notice, we will send you next steps for the approval process.

Q: How long do I have to complete the certificate?
All courses must be taken within a four-year time span. Students set their own pace for completion. However, note that the courses in the certificate program are not available every semester at a distance, so as you plan your schedule you will want to refer to the ProEd course planning guide to determine when the courses will be offered. The four-year time frame is defined by the first and last classes you take for the certificate.

Q: Do courses taken before I enroll in the certificate program apply?
Yes, if they are applicable to the Graduate Certificate at the time you register for the program, and if they fall within the four-year time limit.

Q: I already have a Master's or PhD from another school. Can I earn a Purdue certificate in digital signal processing?

Q: How do I receive credit for the course taken elsewhere that I wish to transfer to the certificate program?
To obtain a letter of approval to transfer credit for a course taken elsewhere, send the ME Graduate Office a request together with the catalog description of the course syllabus and an official transcript, showing that you have earned a grade of B or better in the course. Also, clearly indicate whether the course is to be applied to meet requirements towards the required courses or the elective courses.

Q: How do I receive the certificate?
When you believe you have fulfilled all requirements, send ProEd a list of completed courses. Please allow a minimum of four weeks to receive your certificate.

Q: Can I earn both a certificate and an MSE, MS, or MSME degree from Purdue?
Yes. Courses can be counted both for the Certificate and a Master's degree. However, if you are already enrolled in the Master's degree program in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue, you are not eligible for the certificate. Note: to be a graduate student in a Master's program, you must complete a separate application form and be admitted into the Master's program by the Purdue University Graduate School.

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