Graduate Certificate

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The Systems Engineering Department of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology offers a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering. The Graduate Certificate allow students to specialize in systems engineering topics such as:

  • Systems Engineering Design
  • Requirements and Functional Analysis
  • Systems Architecture Development
  • Design for Operational Feasibility
  • System Integration
  • Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Engineering Project Management
  • System Lifecycle Cost Analysis
  • Organization for Systems Engineering

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering program can help students bring together knowledge from traditional engineering fields, creating the “big picture” for accomplishing goals and managing complex structures such as:

  • Computer Networks
  • Wireless Networks
  • Power Plants
  • Airplanes and Spacecraft Systems
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Transportation Systems
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems

Admission Requirements
The minimum entrance requirement is a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, technology, or a related discipline. Because of the professional nature of the Certificate, the precise entrance requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Systems Engineering Admissions Committee.

Program Requirements
The Graduate Certificate consists of 18 credit hours of course work (which amounts to about half of a typical master’s degree requirement). It is ideal for working professionals who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the intricacies of systems engineering. Certificate holders who have finished the program may further pursue a master’s degree in Systems Engineering, building upon the 18 hours already taken in the Certificate Program. For the Certificate, students must take six, three-credit-hour courses, consisting of four Systems Engineering core courses and two electives.

Core Courses (12 hours)
The Systems Engineering (SYEN) core courses are intended to provide the fundamental methods relevant to the design, implementation, and management of engineering systems. They include:

  • SYEN 7311 Systems Design and Analysis
  • SYEN 7312 Systems Architecture and Design
  • SYEN 7313 Systems Management and Evaluation
  • SYEN 7314 Multicriteria Decision and Risk Analysis

These four courses address methods and practices involved in the translation of need, deficiency, or market opportunity into a feasible system or product architecture.

Electives (6 hours)
Due to the diversity of students’ educational and professional backgrounds, students are encouraged to choose two upper-level elective courses (5000-level or above) that are compatible with their specific interests. These two technical courses need to be approved in advance by the Graduate Coordinator, and can be chosen from university departments such as: Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Information Science, or other graduate science- or engineering-related programs.

Sample Electives

  • SYEN 5310 Introduction to Signal Processing
  • SYEN 5314 Queuing Theory and Systems
  • SYEN 5320 Linear State-Space Control Systems
  • SYEN 5322 Modeling Transportation Systems
  • SYEN 5331 Advanced Computer Architecture
  • SYEN 5332 Applied Operating Systems
  • SYEN 5336 Advances in Communication Networks
  • SYEN 5342 Linear Program and Network Flows
  • SYEN 5352 Spatial Time Series
  • SYEN 5354 Power Systems Analysis
  • SYEN 5355 Mobile Multimedia Internet
  • SYEN 5356 RF Techniques and Systems
  • SYEN 5366 Advanced Digital Systems
  • SYEN 5383 Finite Element Analysis

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