Graduate Certificate Programs

Network Centric Systems

Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program Description:
The area of Network Centric Systems has evolved from recent advances in information technology and the increased level of interconnectivity that society has achieved through the Internet and Broadband communication technology. The area of Network Centric Systems has grown due to advances in information technology and increases in connectivity due to the convergence of computing and communications.

Network Centric Systems are frequently "Systems of Systems" with complex interfaces and interactions. The Graduate Certificate in Network Centric Systems is a joint effort between Computer Engineering and Systems Engineering to provide practicing engineers with the necessary skills to develop and design the operation of network centric systems. These four courses count towards a M.S. degree in Systems Engineering or Computer Engineering and they address the intersection between network engineering, systems engineering, and architecting.

Core Course The following course is required:

SysEng 6321 /Comp Eng 6410: Modeling Complex Systems

Engineering system of today are non linear, distributed, global,and adaptive to their environment in both space and time, thereby creating emergent behaviours. This course covers the current modeling and techniques used in modeling and architecting these complex systems.

Elective Courses Select three courses from the following:

Comp Eng 5510: Fault-Tolerant Digital Systems
Design and analysis of fault-tolerant digital systems. Fault models, hardware redundancy, information redundancy, evaluation techniques, system design procedures. Prerequisites: Comp Eng 2210 and Comp Eng 2211.

Comp Eng 5410: Introduction to Computer Communication Networks
Design of computer networks with emphasis on network architecture, protocols and standards, performance considerations, and network technologies. Topics include: LAN, MAN, WAN, congestion/flow/error control, routing, addressing, broadcasting, multicasting, switching, and internetworking. A modeling tool is used for network design and simulation. Prerequisite: Comp Eng 3550 or computer hardware competency.

Comp Eng 5420: Introduction to Network Security
This course examines basic issues in network management, testing, and security; it also discusses key encryption, key management, authentication, intrusion detection, malicious attack, and insider threats. Security of electronic mail and electronic commerce systems is also presented. Prerequisite: Comp Eng 5410 or Comp Sci 4601.

Comp Eng 5430 / Sys Eng 5323: Wireless Networks
Introduction to wireless communications and networking. Topics include transmission fundamentals, wireless channel, coding techniques and error control, satellite and cellular networks, cordless systems, mobile IP and management, multiple access techniques and wireless protocols, wireless LAN, IEEE 802.11, and adhoc and sensor networks. Prerequisites: Hardware competency, Elec Eng 3420 or Comp Eng 3150 and graduate standing.

Comp Eng 6510 / Sys Eng 6322: Resilient Networks
This course presents reliability and fault tolerance for network-centric systems, including models, metrics, and analysis techniques.  This course also concentrates on security, including technical tools and methods for audit and assessment as well as management and policy issues. Prerequisite: Sys Eng 6410, Comp Eng 6410, or Comp Eng 5420

Comp Eng 6420 / Sys Eng 6324: Wireless Ad hoc and Sensor Networks
Introduction to ad hoc and sensor networks, IEEE standards, heterogeneity, quality of service, wireless channel issues, energy awareness, power and topology control, routing, scheduling, rate adaptation, self-organization, admission and flow control, energy harvesting, security and trust levels, hardware and applications. Prerequisite: Comp Eng 5430 or Comp Eng 5420 or equivalent.

Comp Eng 6430: High Speed Networks
A state-of-the-art survey of high-speed networks, modeling and simulation, quality of service (QoS) for multimedia applications and management schemes, TCP congestion control, ATM and Internet traffic management, Internet Service Architecture (ISA), and Internet routing protocols. Prerequisites: Comp Eng 5410 and hardware competency for ECE students, Comp Sci 4600 for computer science students, or consent of the instructor.

Comp Sci 6600: Computer Security
The course presents various vulnerabilities and threats to information in cyberspace and the principles and techniques for preventing and detecting threats, and recovering from attacks. The course deals with various aspects and layers of security: data-level, network-level, system-level, and application-level security. Prerequisite: A "C" or better grade in both Comp Sci 3600 and Comp Sci 5200.

Comp Sci 6604: Mobile And Sensor Data Management
Architectures of mobile computing systems; Mobile-IP support in mobile computing systems; location data management, Broadcasting and indexing, replication control; caching, fault tolerance and reliability of mobile systems; adhoc and sensor routing schemes, key management. Prerequisite: Comp Sci 4601.

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the Systems Engineering or Computer Engineering faculty may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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Systems Engineering, Computer Science Departments

This certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12 months of professional employment experience or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete.

Admissions Requirements: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Departments

  • BS degree in any field of engineering
  • A minimum of 24 months of post B.S professional work experience
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the B.S degree
  • Average GPA of 3.0 or better (a grade of B or better) in the CT courses
  • 3 years to complete the CT
  • Employed while taking CT courses

Once admitted to the program, the student must take four designated courses as given above. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the MS program in electrical or computer engineering if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degrees. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2016-17 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017)


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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Computer Engineering (MS)
Electrical Engineering (MS)
Systems Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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Classes are offered over the internet via live-streaming video. There will be a PowerPoint presentation available on the Internet to enhance the class lecture so that you can view the PowerPoint slides and watch the video simultaneously. Tests and reports are arranged by the course instructor. If you view the video online in real time, a technician can help resolve any communication problems, and when you need to ask a lecture-related question, you can call the instructor. If you view the lecture video offline, you can communicate with the instructor through email.

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