Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Systems Engineering

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in engineering or other science
Certificate Type: Graduate Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 18.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1.5 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

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


About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering teaches students the process and art of systems engineering. Students learn systems engineering tools and skills to integrate user needs, manage requirements, conduct technological evaluation, and build elaborate system architectures. The courses devote particular attention to knowledge, skills, mindset, and leadership qualities needed to be a successful systems engineering leader in the field.

This graduate certificate is certified by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and it is one of only six curricula in the world to hold this distinction. Graduates will automatically qualify for the CSEP (Certified Systems Engineering Professional) or ASEP (Associate Systems Engineering Professional) without having to take the certification exam. 

Any students working or interested in the field of systems engineering should consider pursuing and completing this certificate.

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. A 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

For more information about this certificate, visit the College of Engineering certificates web page.

Program Requirements

SYSE 682Introduction to Systems Science3.0
SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
SYSE 688Systems Engineering Analysis3.0
SYSE 520Global Sustainment and Integrated Logistics3.0
SYSE 640Model Based Systems Engineering3.0
SYSE 690Modeling, Simulation and Other Tools3.0
Total Credits18.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
SYSE 6853.0SYSE 5203.0SYSE 6903.0SYSE 6883.0
 3 3 3 3
Second Year
SYSE 6823.0SYSE 6403.0  
 3 3  
Total Credits 18
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