Aug 04, 2021  
Rensselaer Catalog 2019-2020 
Rensselaer Catalog 2019-2020 [Archived Catalog]

Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate (SECT)

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The Systems Engineering certificate prepares students to quantitatively and qualitatively model, evaluate, and improve systems and processes within any organization. The certificate develops a systems framework that is a fusion of a management/decision sciences framework from which to evaluate systems and processes.

The program is taught by Rensselaer’s outstanding and highly ranked faculty. The program is built using a blended delivery methodology, bringing the best aspects of classroom and online learning together to deliver a unique project-based program – completely digitally, meaning that working professionals anywhere can participate fully in what is a personal and challenging experience. Not only will students learn the latest aspects of the profession, they’ll gain experience through the projects.

Certificate Information

The certificate requires three 3-credit hour courses, for a total of 9 credit hours.

  • The program results in a graduate-level certificate in Systems Engineering.
  • The certificate’s blended online delivery reflects today’s dynamic workplace.
  • Courses are taken for credit, and successful completion requires a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Practitioner faculty guide the completion of project work as it relates to student’s career objectives.
  • As each of the courses build upon prior courses, courses must be taken in sequence.
  • Students may choose to complete multiple certificates or apply certificates to other degree programs, according to each program’s requirements (for eligible programs, see program Web site at
  • For more information about start dates and application requirements, see program Web site at (

Students completing this certificate are able to:

  • map existing processes and systems.
  • use quantitative and qualitative tools to evaluate the existing state of processes and systems according to benchmark functional requirements and metrics.
  • isolate those factors that cause the system or process to underperform.
  • make specific recommendations for change.
  • model or simulate potential impacts of changes.
  • communicate with purpose and clarity in written and oral formats.
  • apply leadership tools to facilitate inquiry and change processes within an organization.


The following courses are required and are taken in sequence for a total of 9 credit hours:

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