Why ODU for Coastal Engineering?

By successfully completing this certificate, you'll demonstrate a basic understanding of the physical sciences, engineering, economics, environmental, institutional-political-social, and aesthetic constraints that influence all coastal engineering design.

You'll learn alongside Master of Science and Ph.D. students in the four courses required to complete this certificate.

This certificate may also provide the necessary credentials for continuing education by state licensing boards and professional organizations.

Thinking about a master's degree? The four courses in this certificate can be applied towards ODU's master's program in Civil Engineering with a focus in Coastal Engineering.

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Ranked #75 (tie)

Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs, 2023
U.S. News & World Report

Required Courses

  • 12 credit hours (four courses):
    • Introduction to Coastal Engineering
    • Dredging and Beach Engineering
    • Coastal Hydrodynamics and Sediment Processes
    • Design of Coastal Structures

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Coastal Engineering

An academic certificate in coastal engineering can open new career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Research, education and teaching
  • Consulting engineering
  • Instrumentation development
  • Project management
  • Membership on coastal zone management teams
  • Federal, state or city government 
  • Permit review, dredging or surveying

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$571 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To take courses in this certificate, you must be admitted to ODU as a non-degree graduate student. An undergraduate degree from an accredited university in engineering or oceanographic sciences is preferred. Experienced professionals in the Coastal Engineering field are welcome to apply.

If you are an international student interested in taking this program online from your home country, please contact the ODU International Admission Office for assistance.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.