Graduate Certificate Programs in Engineering

Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate Program

The goal of this graduate certificate program is to prepare students to apply systems engineering principles across the product development or acquisition lifecycle.  To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a grade-point average of 3.0 to be awarded the certificate. Students should complete their coursework within three years of starting the certificate program.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.  The successful applicant will possess a degree in science or engineering or a closely aligned field and is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Course Number

Course Title 

Required or Elective

Schedule/Location

Schedule/Location

SYSEN 520 

Systems Engineering

Required

Spring 2014 (PNY) N/A

SYSEN 522 

Systems Verification Validation & Testing

Required

N/A N/A

SWENG 586 

Requirements Engineering

Required

N/A Summer 2014 (PNY)

SYSEN 530 

Systems Optimization

Elective

N/A N/A

SYSEN 531 

Probabilistic Modeling  and Simulation

Elective

N/A Summer 2014 (GV)

SYSEN 533 

Deterministic Modeling and Simulation

Elective

Spring 2014 (GV) N/A

SYSEN 536 

Decision and Risk Analysis in Engineering

Elective

N/A N/A

SYSEN 550 

Creativity and Problem Solving I

Elective

Spring 2014 (PNY) N/A

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate in systems engineering complete 12 credits. Courses are each 3 credits and may be applied to the Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering if admitted as a degree-seeking student. Courses are offered in convenient seven-week sessions.

To learn more about the graduate certificate in Systems Engineering, or for a personal appointment call 610-725-5339 or e-mail gvengin@psu.edu.


To apply:

  • If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/index.cfm/prospective-students/requirements/.
  • If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/index.cfm/apply/. Choose Certificate Admission. Select your certificate choice in the pull-down menu.
  • Upload to the online application:
  • Submit non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University (more information)
  • Submit two official transcripts from undergraduate institution (more information).  Transcripts should be sent directly from each college or university you have attended to the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Office, Attention: JoAnn Kelly, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA 19355. Your admission will be reviewed after your application portfolio is complete. For admissions questions, contact Millie Ingersoll at mxi4@psu.edu or 610-648-3282.