About this Program

The Coastal Engineering Certificate Program provides practicing engineers the opportunity to study coastal engineering at the graduate level. The certificate demonstrates a basic level of understanding of the physical sciences, engineering, economics, environmental, institutional-political-social, and aesthetic constraints that influence all coastal engineering design. The certificate may also provide the necessary credentials for continuing education by state licensing boards and professional organizations. The certificate requires four graduate level courses in the specialty area of Coastal Engineering within Civil Engineering.

Program Highlights

  • Internships in areas related to the program are available. 

  • Students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and to present their own research at regional, national and international professional communication associations. 

  • Opportunities to develop study abroad programs are available.

  • The Certificate can be completed in 2 years, and all courses are relatively self-contained so that you can begin at any semester


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Environmental Engineers

$91,180 Median Salary

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Civil Engineers

$91,790 Median Salary

Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

Water/Wastewater Engineers

$91,180 Median Salary

Design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design.


What are the requirements to apply for Coastal Engineering at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Coastal Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university in Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Ocean etc.) or the Oceanographic sciences (Oceanography, Geology, etc.) is preferred.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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