Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering (GCSE)


The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering requires 12 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) of coursework plus a 3-hour Project Practicum with industry.​

The evolving global economy and particular market demands an increasing number of engineers with interdisciplinary and systems based training able to continuously adapt to societal and geopolitical changes being brought by advances in technology.

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering (GCSE) prepares engineers in the process framework to define, develop, implement and test complex systems of the 21st Century. Graduates will be able to undertake the understanding of new applications of engineering models in a constantly changing environment.

The GCSE is designed for working professionals and students with an interest in understanding and applying the systematic approach for development of very complex systems.

Required Course Work

The GCSE is a 15 Semester Credit Hour (SCH) program. Each student is expected to acquire core knowledge in key areas of Systems Engineering. All students are required to complete the following five core courses.

  • Systems Engineering Fundamentals & Architectures
  • Requirements Engineering/Analysis
  • SE5341 Systems Engineering Fundamentals & Architectures (3-0)
  • SE5342 Program and Systems Engineering Management (3-0)
  • SE5343 Requirements Engineering (3-0)
  • SE5344 Integration, Validation & Testing of Complex Systems (3-0)
  • SE5345 Special Project "Practicum" (3-0)

Course Description

SE5341: Systems Engineering Fundamentals (3-0)

Introduction to the key concepts, processes and process activities carried out by Systems Engineers. Fundamentals for architecting, designing and engineering large and complex systems. Software tools are covered with emphasis on architectural analysis and design, functional design alternatives, and key architectural attributes.

SE5342: Project & Systems Engineering Management (3-0)

Techniques and tools for Systems Engineering management. Topics include technical management, organizational environments and technical team structures, time and cost estimates and cost control, resource allocation and resource management. Students propose project studies, under the approval of the professor, to be developed in phases as the course progresses.

SE5343: Requirements Engineering (3-0)
Methodologies, approaches, and techniques associated with requirement analysis and definition; process for defining requirements including feasibility studies, requirements elicitation, formal specification, modeling, validation, verification, and documentation.

SE5344: Integration, Verification & Validation (3-0)

Integration, Verification and Validation (IV&V) processes and recommended activities at different program phases. Includes verification planning, verification and validation methods during development, during launching and operations of the product/system. Test bed requirements and unitary test, subsystem tests and integration test data collection analysis and systems requirement validation. Test reporting and modification or change request processes that need to be initiated.

SE5345: Special Project Practicum in Systems Engineering (3-0)

Methodologies and processes applied to develop a project from the conceptual phase to prototype definition under the supervision of at least two (2) faculty members from participating departments. Students are encouraged to work on real customer projects.

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