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Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate Online

The Systems Engineering Certificate Program provides valuable resources for any engineer responsible for the oversight, creation, or operation of a complex system.  The program provides focused learning opportunities for systems engineers, design engineers, lead engineers, software systems engineers, project managers, and others seeking to increase their professional knowledge and advance their careers.  Through this program, students will learn how they can ensure that a system will satisfy its requirements throughout the entire system life cycle.  The program has been designed to enable engineers, regardless of undergraduate discipline, to develop the analytical abilities needed to design, evaluate, and manage complex systems involving many components and demanding specifications.  The intent of the program is to extend the ability of engineers to work across disciplinary boundaries and to develop the engineering management capabilities needed in today’s work environment.

Admissions Requirements

Unrestricted admission requires (1) a 3.0 grade point average from an ABET accredited undergraduate engineering program, (2) two years of engineering experience or current full-time employment as an engineer, (3) calculus, engineering statistics, and engineering economy. A GRE is not required for this program.

Applicants for admission to the Engineering Management Program apply through the Graduate College at Iowa State University.  Each applicant must submit:

  • Application and application fee
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume

Applications should be submitted as early as possible before the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. Individuals may also take up to 9 credits at Iowa State as a non-degree seeking student and then transfer them to the program when they are admitted. Completed applications are due January 15 for Fall admission and September 15 for Spring admission.  PLEASE NOTE that applications will not be considered after the application deadline. 

Continuing on for a Masters Degree
If a person who receives a graduate certificate decides to continue for a graduate degree, the person needs to seek approval from that degree program.  Credits earned for the graduate certificate may also be used to meet degree requirements for the graduate degree if approved by the Program of Study Committee.  Students wishing to transfer into the Masters Program do not need to repeat the application process; instead, students must fill out the “Transfer From One Major/Program/Department To Another” form found on the Graduate College web site.  For details on the Systems Engineering Masters Program, please click here.

Certificate Requirements – Effective 2013-2014

The Systems Engineering Certificate consists of 5 courses for a total of 13 credit hours.

  • IE 564 Decision Analysis in System Design (3)
  • IE 565 Systems Engineering and Analysis (3)
  • IE 570 Systems Engineering and Project Management (3)
  • IE 585 Requirements Engineering (3)
  • IE 590 Special Topics in Industrial Engineering (1)

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

Please see the Systems Engineering & Engineering Management Student Handbook for complete information.

Contact Information

Holly Twedt
Program Assistant
515-294-4702
Engineering-LAS Online Learning
800-854-1675 or 515-294-7470
elo@iastate.edu