Certificate in Systems Reliability 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

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.

This certificate teaches students to design for sustainability and reliability of systems during the life-cycle of an operation. The first three courses teach students the analytical tools required to perform reliability and maintainability modeling and analysis. The final three courses will focus on systems reliability, maintainability, and availability analysis (RM&A) for systems. The courses have an application to all phases of the systems engineering process, including requirements definition through systems design and development. The students will learn the process that starts with RM&A in the initial phases of development, conducting trade-off analysis during the system development phase to optimize reliability and availability of the system. The students will also learn to improve the reliability and availability of a product or a system by modeling and analysis of systems reliability using probability models.

Upon completion of the courses, students will be able to understand RM&A and modeling and apply reliability models for a product or system during its life-cycle: design, production, and warranty. Additionally, students will learn to conduct trade-off analysis to enhance availability and reliability of the system and to develop maintenance concepts that are cost effective and support sustainment of the system.

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. 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

Program Requirements

EGMT 571Engineering Statistics3.0
EGMT 572Statistical Data Analysis3.0
EGMT 573Operations Research3.0
SYSE 688Systems Engineering Analysis3.0
SYSE 523Systems Reliability Engineering3.0
SYSE 524Systems Reliability, Availability & Maintainability Analysis3.0
Total Credits18.0
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