Graduate Certificate Programs

Systems Engineering

Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Are you ready to move into systems engineering positions at your next engineering job? Are you interested in pursuing an MS degree in systems engineering in the future? Are you excited about seeing the big picture in complex engineering projects? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a systems engineering graduate certificate is for you.

Program Description:
The systems engineering graduate certificate program provides structured training in the fundamentals of systems engineering to equip engineers with the skills that can be used in the design, operation, and maintenance of systems throughout their life cycle. The techniques covered and concepts introduced are applicable to any industry. The broad application of these techniques is necessary as the engineering systems of the future become more complex, making them difficult to design and operate without an understanding of the whole and effective integration of all components, from design to disposal. Although industrial experience is a key factor in systems engineering, it needs to be supported by formal education.

The following four core courses are required:

Sys Eng 5101: Systems Engineering and Analysis
The concepts of systems engineering are introduced through a project. Students work in virtual teams. The topics covered are architecture development, basic system architectural design techniques, functional decomposition, design and technical review objectives and initial specifications.

Sys Eng 6103: Systems Life Cycle Costing
Methods of economic evaluation for engineering projects involving complex systems. Economic impacts on choosing systems alternatives, life cycles costing, economic decisions involving risk and uncertainty and engineering cost estimation for projects in government, defense and commercial industries. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing

SysEng 6102: Information Based Design
This course is an introduction to the use of common data analytical methods and analysis for the purpose of decision making during the design phase of engineering system development. Through the introduction to such analytical methodologies, the system engineering tool belt is made more effective as it is the foundation to decision analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

SysEng 6104: Systems Architecting 
Tools and concepts of architecting complex engineering systems. Ambiguity in Systems Architecting and Fuzzy Systems; Search as an Architecting Process; Architecting Heuristics; Systems Scoping and Attribute Selection; Assessing Architectures; Systems Aggregation, Partitioning; Systems Behaviour Generation; Systems Science and Thinking, Cyber Physical Systems.

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department 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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This program is designed to appeal to working professionals. Certificate courses taken for graduate credit can be counted in the M.S. degree once accepted into the M.S. degree. If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of "B" or better in each of the courses taken, they can apply to the M.S. program in systems engineering. The certificate program may be followed by six additional 3 credit courses to complete the M.S. degree. The certificate program is open to all persons holding a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in engineering or a physical science 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.

  • B.S. in engineering or a physical science
  • Undergraduate courses: Calculus Series(I,II,III), Differential Equations, Statistics, Physics or Chemistry, Engineering Economy
  • GPA: Regular status: 2.75 cumulative
  • TOEFL: All international applicants must submit a current TOEFL score, regardless of prior academic experience or place of study. Regular status: 580/237/92

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the department.

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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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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

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:

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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Courses are offered via the Internet to all states in the USA and locations throughout the world with Internet access. You attend class real-time via the Internet from your home or place of employment and utilize a phone connection throughout the lecture period for participating in live class discussions. Past lectures are archived for later viewing.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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