Certificate in Systems Design and Development

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in engineering or other science
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 15.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 14.2701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 17-2199


About the Program

Note: New students are no longer being accepted into this certificate for Academic Year 2022-2023. Please contact Rob Lazzaro (sg77ybbm@drexel.edu) and Rick Grandrino (rag28@drexel.edu) for additional information.

The courses in this certificate focus on teaching students engineering design and management of large complex systems, including software intensive systems. By exposing the students to the systems engineering design body of knowledge and allowing them to develop systems skills in stimulating and challenging environments, they will be prepared to become industry leaders who can make a significant difference. Upon completion of this certificate, the students will be able to design, lead, and manage any systems engineering effort regardless of size, complexity, technologies, or engineering emphasis.

Admission Requirements

Degree and GPA Requirement

A bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET-accredited college or university is required. A bachelor’s degree in the sciences (physics, mathematics, computer science, etc.) may also be acceptable. Applicants with degrees in the sciences may be required to take a number of undergraduate or post-baccalaureate courses. An undergraduate degree earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a US bachelor's degree. A minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for a bachelor’s degree as well as for any subsequent graduate-level work is required. 

TOEFL Requirement

For students whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a US institution, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old to be considered. Minimum total score of 94 (internet-based). Official documents of this exam must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Unofficial photocopies will not be accepted.

Other Requirements

  • Submission of an application
  • Official, sealed college transcripts
  • An essay
  • Two or more letters of recommendation


SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
SYSE 688Systems Engineering Analysis3.0
SYSE 530Systems Engineering Design3.0
SYSE 531Systems Architecture Development3.0
SYSE 532Software Systems Engineering3.0
Total Credits15.0
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