Graduate Certificate - Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering Certificate Program consists of the four courses listed below, which are delivered as part of our regular master's degree program in Systems Engineering. Students will be responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors.

For prerequisites regarding the courses below, please visits the Catalog of Courses provided by the Registrar's Office.

SysEng 5101 Systems Engineering and Analysis I
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.

SysEng 6102 Systems Engineering and Analysis II
This course uses customized case studies based on team projects from prior courses. Topics covered include physical and functional analysis, analysis and traceability of requirements and specifications, verification and validation, optimization, simulation, and trade studies.

SysEng 6104 Systems Architecting
The objective of the course is to provide the basic tools and concepts of architecting complex engineering systems. Systems thinking, ambiguity in system architecting, search as an architecting process, SysML and DoDAF Architecting Framework, System of Systems and Network-Centric Architectures.

SysEng 6103 Systems Life Cycle Costing 
The methods of economic evaluation for engineering projects involving complex systems.  Economic impacts on choosing system alternatives, life cycle costing, economic decisions involving risk and uncertainty, and engineering cost estimation for projects in government, defense, and commercial industries.

Admission Requirements
This certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree with a degree in Engineering or hard science with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 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.

Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designated courses.  In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the certificate course.  Once admitted into the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program.

Students admitted to the Certificate Program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete.  If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of "B" or better in each of the courses, they will be admitted to the appropriate MS program if the apply.  The certificate course taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degree.  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.

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 2010-11 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011).