Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Systems Engineering for Software Applications

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in engineering or other science
Certificate Type: Graduate Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 14.2701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 15-1243


About the Program

This graduate certificate is intended to enhance the skills of software engineers who work in areas of product design and development related to a variety of industries, but with a particular focus on the Department of Defense (DoD) and related business. In today’s environment, managing the complexity of hardware product development and software interface coding requires technical knowledge and know how, as well as system engineering approaches with a focus on the product development lifecycle process. The courses associated with this certificate focus on software development but provide connection to development of hardware products and/or assets. The software enables integration and operation of the hardware and/or asset. This graduate certificate program will leverage this competency to provide systems engineering thinking paired with technical depth in software engineering design, development and integration. This pairing will enhance the skill set and talent of engineers who work in the field of hardware product design and development.

Note: Students interested in the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification should take SYSE 688 Systems Engineering Analysis, as their elective course, as completion of two courses (SYSE 685 and SYSE 688) is needed for INCOSE SEP certification. For more information about this certification refer to INCOSE SEP Certification.

Courses completed in this certificate program can be applied to a masters in systems engineering and/or most other master degree programs within the College of Engineering.

Admission Requirements

BS in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent STEM BS degree. Note, interested students can apply for admission to this program in any term (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) as there is enrolling admission throughout the year.

A GPA of 3.0 and / or significant work experience.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact Rick Grandrino at

Program Requirements

Required System Engineering Courses
SYSE 532Software Systems Engineering3.0
SYSE 640Model Based Systems Engineering3.0
SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
COE or CCI Technical Elective (1 Course) *3.0
Total Credits12.0

The technical elective must be a graduate level course (500, 600 or 700 series) in CS, ECE, ECES, ECET or SE

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
SYSE 685 or 6883.0SYSE 6403.0SYSE 5323.0Technical Elective*3.0
 3 3 3 3
Total Credits 12

Technical Elective must be a graduate level courses (500, 600, or 700 level) in CS, ECE, ECES, ECET or SE.