Guidance and Control Graduate Certificate

Stanford School of Engineering

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply



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.

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
  • Receive a B (3.0) or better in each course


  • 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.


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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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