Systems Engineering – Graduate Certificate

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.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, the applicant should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field from a college, university, or technical school of recognized standing. Non-engineering backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. High academic achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional accomplishments is expected for admission to the program. The GRE is not required.

Applicants for admission to the Systems Engineering Certificate Program apply through Iowa State University’s Office of Admissions.

Each applicant must submit:

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

Applications must be submitted by July 15 for fall admission, November 15 for spring admission, or April 15 for summer admission.  International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  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.

The Systems Engineering Certificate Program at Iowa State University is focused on supporting working professionals so teaching or research assistantships typically are not available.

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.  See details on the Systems Engineering Masters Program.

Certificate Requirements

Systems Engineering Intro/Core Courses (required first year)

IE 563. Engineering Management Theory
IE 565. Systems Engineering & Analysis

Core (required to select 2 courses)

IE 560. Engineering Risk Analysis
IE 564. Decision Analysis in System Design
IE 570. Systems Engineering & Project Management
IE 585. Requirements Engineering

Contact Information

Gary Mirka
Director of Graduate Education

Jess Severe

Program Assistant