University of Maryland (USA)

PhD in Reliability Engineering

MS in Reliability Engineering

Online Master’s degree in Reliability Engineering

Online Graduate Certificate in Engineering in Reliability Engineering

Reliability Engineering is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental program housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Students may specialize in Assessment (Root-Cause Failure Analysis, Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Common-Cause Failures); Testing and Operation (Operator Manufacturing Methods); Component and Structures Reliability (Microelectronics and Materials); Electronic Packaging Reliability; Software Reliability.

The Reliability Engineering Program is guided by industrial concerns and requirements. The Faculty closely interact with over thirty companies nationally and with State of Maryland industries through the Engineering Research Center. Special courses and lectures are transmitted directly to industry by the University's Instructional Television System. The program has achieved national and international recognition through IEEE Reliability Society and ASQC Reliability Division awards.

The Reliability Engineering Program at the University of Maryland.

The Reliability Engineering Program at the University of Maryland was approved to offer the MS and PhD degrees in Reliability Engineering in 1989. It provides a broad range of courses and experiences for its students, designed to prepare them to assist the nation in its ability to produce complex technological systems with ultra-high reliability and availability.

 graduate program is designed to take qualified engineers and provide them with the tools they will need to better understand the factors that cause components and systems to fail. These tools include stress analysis methods to calculate loads, probabilistic methods to assess time to failure distributions, laboratory tools to conduct post-mortems and identify failures causes, and computer models to identify system failure modes and effects.

The Center for Risk and Reliability (CRR). The Center for Risk and Reliability (CRR) was created in May 2004 through the merger of the Center for Reliability Engineering (CRE) and Center for Technology Risk Studies (CTRS). CRE focused primarily on the research and development needs of the industry in product and process reliability. CTRS mainly addressed the research and development needs of the government agencies in risk analysis and risk-informed decision making. CRR mission is inclusive of the missions of the centers it replaces.

Areas of Research.  Reliability engineering faculty is engaged in a wide range of research activities both in reliability and in risk analysis. The subjects of study include systems (from large and complex to nano-level), software, human, organizations, complex process, and natural environment. The behavior of these complex entities are studied (a) on the phenomenological level to understand fundamental causes of failures or accidents and corresponding preventive measures, and (b) from a predictive perspective to assess the levels of reliability, safety, or security. Therefore the topics cover experimental work on materials and structures of components and systems, development of computational models and simulation codes, functional and causal modeling of complex systems, and analytical and probabilistic models.

POC:  CRR Director Professor Ali Mosleh,  Center for Risk and Reliability,  2100 Marie Mount Hall,  University of Maryland,  College Park, MD 20742-7531, USA; e-mail

Online Courses: The 30-credit program (or 12-credit graduate certificate) can be completed in 20 months on a part-time basis, and you'll have the convenience and flexibility of learning when and where it's most convenient for you. In addition, you'll experience the same high standards of academic excellence and accessible resources that you'd expect from the leading educator of reliability engineers-the University of Maryland

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