Graduate Certificate – Systems Engineering Practice

Documents and Forms

Certificate Curriculum Sheet

SE Graduate Student Handbook

Certificate Summary

  • Requires 12 credits of graduate work

  • All credits must be earned at Colorado State University. There are no course waivers or substitutions for certificates.

  • No courses completed while enrolled in an undergraduate degree program may be used toward the certificate, unless specifically excluded from the student’s undergraduate degree requirements through the Registrar’s Office.

  • Students must be enrolled in the certificate program the semester in which they complete their final certificate course requirements; a student cannot be back-awarded a certificate. If a student completes all four required courses prior to being admitted, they are ineligible for the certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Practice provides an introduction to the systems engineering discipline and hands-on experience applying systems thinking to real-world problems.

Students may apply for and complete just the certificate, or may apply for both the certificate and a degree program (separate applications, but can be completed in the same semester). This allows students to start with the certificate and continue on to a more advanced degree.

Application deadlines match with those for our degree program (July 1 deadline for Fall admission and November 1 deadline for Spring admission).

Certificate Curriculum

To see when courses are expected to be offered, please check our SE Courses page.

SYSE 501 – Foundations of Systems Engineering (3 cr.)

SYSE 530 – Overview of Systems Engineering Processes (3 cr.)

ENGR 531 – Engineering Risk Analysis (3 cr.)

And one of:
ENGR 502 – Engineering Project Management and Program Management (3 cr.), previously MECH 501
CIS 600A – Information Technology and Project Management (3 cr.)
CIS 670 – Advanced IT Project Management (3 cr.)

Interested in Applying?

Check out our Getting Started page to learn more about the admissions process. Please note that all students interested in earning the certificate must apply for the certificate program, even if they are already in a CSU degree program.