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Hydraulic Design Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Overview Open Accordion

Start expanding your knowledge of applied hydraulic design in a new online graduate certificate program from CSU. From initial concept to implementation, learn how to evaluate and employ a variety of key hydraulic design principles during an engineering project.

Gain applied skills in a flexible, online program

Whenever water or other liquids need to be moved, stored, or managed, engineers utilize hydraulic design principles, such as:

  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Morphodynamic modeling
  • Conveyance system design
  • Concepts in geomechanics
  • Concepts in structures

Build upon your existing skills and gain in-depth knowledge to advance in your current engineering career or pursue a completely new career opportunity. Learn how to:

  • Plan and effectively apply hydraulic engineering concepts to the completion of civil and environmental engineering projects
  • Understand in depth the roles of various hydraulic structures and systems
  • Evaluate the processes associated with the performance of hydraulic structures and systems
  • Choose pertinent instrumentation and methods for measuring and monitoring hydraulic processes
Careers Open Accordion

Organizations throughout the U.S. and world hire qualified engineers with hydraulic design expertise. After successfully completing this program, you will have the knowledge to pursue career opportunities in a variety of different engineering professions, including:

  • Civil engineering
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining

Median annual salaries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Civil engineer: $88,050
  • Environmental engineer: $96,820
  • Agricultural engineer: $82,640
  • Industrial engineer: $95,300

Over the past several decades, problems with energy pipelines have caused significant pollution, outages, property damage, and financial hardship, including the recent 588,000 gallon Keystone pipeline spill in Washington County, Kansas.

Read America’s pipeline arteries are at risk. What can engineers do? to learn more and find out how CSU is preparing engineers to address these issues.

Curriculum Open Accordion

This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate.

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

Program Total Credits: 9

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites. Not all courses are currently available online.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester May 1
Spring semester December 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of science in civil or environmental engineering, life sciences, or natural sciences from an accredited, four-year institution
  • Basic hydraulics course (CIVE 401 or equivalent) is recommended
  • International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS that meet CSU minimums

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Resume: Include any previous experience, along with position titles, dates of employment, institutions, and major responsibilities.
  • Statement of purpose: Prepare a short statement of purpose (up to 300 words) stating why you are interested in the certificate and why you think you can successfully complete the certificate

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Hydraulic Design (Certificate) - Distance" when choosing the Program of Study.

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

5 Submit Test Scores (Optional)

GRE test scores are not required, but may be submitted if you feel these will strengthen your application. Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075, leave the department code blank). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date.

  • All three sections — verbal, quantitative, and analytical — must be submitted. Photocopies are not accepted.
  • CSU graduates do not, generally, need to take the GRE. If you think it will strengthen your application, though, we recommend you do take it.

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and promptly notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Tandi Hawkey
Hydraulic Design Graduate Certificate
Prospective Student Support Coach
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Program Details

$993 per credit 
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships
Estimated Additional Educational Costs
Tuition and fees are just part of the costs to attend Colorado State University online. Please view additional elements that may be factored into your cost of attendance.
Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Hydraulic Design
Time Frame
Can be completed in 1 year

Application Dates

Fall semester
May 1
Spring semester
December 1

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