The goal of the Systems Engineering 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, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a GPA of 3.0. Students should complete their coursework within three years of starting the certificate program.
Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (post-secondary) 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 strong background in mathematics, typically found in an undergraduate program in engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science, with at least two semesters of calculus. Students with other undergraduate majors with a solid understanding of mathematics may apply. A minimum combined junior/senior GPA of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale is recommended.
To be awarded the graduate certificate, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work consisting of 9 required and 3 elective credits. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0.
Systems Engineering Certificate Courses
Fall 2020 Course Offerings
Fall I Term:
- STAT 500 – Applied Statistics
Fall II Term:
- SYSEN 850 - Creativity and Problem Solving I (formerly SYSEN 550)
Spring 2021 Course Offerings
Spring I Term:
- STAT 500 - Applied Statistics
Spring II Term:
- SYSEN 536 - Decision and Risk Analysis in Engineering
Penn State's schedule of courses lists course availability. Although the course numbers, times, and availability on the University registrar's schedule of courses is correct, their prerequisites differ.
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.
If you are a current certificate student and have completed all the coursework, please submit the Graduate Certificate Completion Form.