WPI’s graduate certificate in systems engineering will provide you with a strong foundation in the discipline, allowing you to develop a range of technical skills to better design and implement complex systems. The online, part-time program is highly flexible and can be tailored to your individual career goals.

Systems engineering helped me understand how the complexity of a major engineering effort can be controlled and guided so that what the customer wants the customer gets.
Mike Bonin
Senior Engineer
General Dynamics Electric Boat


Other online graduate program in Systems Engineering: 


The certificate provides fundamental information in systems engineering while enabling you to focus on topics of specific industry sector interest. The program is comprised of six courses (18 credits) that are determined in conjunction with an academic advisor.

Required Course
SYS 501. Concepts of Systems Engineering

Choose two or more from the following:
SYS 510. Systems Architecture and Design
SYS 511. Systems Integration, Verification and Validation
SYS 520. Systems Optimization **View sample content for this course
SYS 502. Business Practices for Systems Engineers
SYS 579D. Engineering Dependable and Secure Systems
SYS 540. Introduction to Systems Thinking
SYS 521. Model-based Systems Engineering
SYS 579R. Requirements Engineering
SYS 579S. System of Systems Engineering
MA 511. Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
MA 546. Design and Analysis of Experiments
SD 550. System Dynamics Foundation: managing Complexity
SD 562. Project Dynamics
MIS 500. Innovating with Information Systems
MIS 573. System Design and Development
MIS 576. Project Management
OBC 500. Group and Interpersonal Dynamics
OIE 541. Operations Risk Management
CS 509. Design of Software Systems

The remainder of the academic credit must consist of graduate courses at the 500/600 level and may include up to three credits of directed research.


The online graduate certificate in systems engineering requires a BS in engineering from an ABET-accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A variety of prep courses are available to help you fill in requirements gaps and brush up on needed skills.

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