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Distance and Continuing Education

In addition to its course offerings for Ohio State graduate students, the Center for Automotive Research provides a one-year certificate program for professional engineers, as well as credit and noncredit seminars. Implemented through high quality e-learning technology, the distance and continuing education program is designed to provide professionals with the cutting-edge knowledge that is required for innovation in the automotive industry—all without the full commitment of a master’s program.

The distance education certificate program, which is the primary professional education program administered by CAR, consists of two credit courses and two to three noncredit seminars. Currently, the program has three specialized certificate tracks:

  • Advanced propulsion systems
  • Powertrain modeling and control
  • Noise, vibrations and harshness

For more information on the available courses and seminars offered through CAR’s automotive engineering certificates, visit

Continuing and professional education contact:
Marianne Weber
Program Coordinator | 614-688-8574
930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212

Record of success

For over 20 years, the program has been preparing practicing engineers for success in the transportation and energy industry. With program participants in a number of locations worldwide, CAR has an educational reach that’s globally encompassing. The certificate courses and seminars involve cutting edge research and trend development. Completion of the program grants engineering professionals an understanding of the automotive industry that is both current and comprehensive. In result, the content featured in program courses and seminars is constantly adapted with respect to industry need and research trends.

Getting started with CAR’s certificate program

To refresh on foundational engineering concepts, CAR has ensured that preparatory seminars in Matlab; systems dynamics; signals and systems for control; and noise, vibrations and harshness are available for certificate program participants.

The certificate mandates the separate completion of two graduate credit courses (one in autumn, one in spring semester), with a minimum grade of B. Additionally, participants will complete two to three non-credit, self-paced seminars on topics that are supplemental to their studies.