Graduate Certificate - Systems Engineering Practice

A flexible program introducing you to the systems engineering discipline and with hands-on experience applying systems thinking to real-world problems.

Program Summary

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.

  • 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.

Admission Deadlines

Our program’s flexible design means you can earn your certificate online or on-campus. 

Visit CSU Online to learn more about completing your certificate online.

Fall admission

Application materials due by July 1

Spring admission

Application materials due by November 1

Certificate Curriculum

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.)

Course descriptions and expected offerings are available on the Courses page.