Jul 18, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate (Rensselaer at Work)

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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.  Today’s complex organizations – in every sector of the economy – struggle with how they do what they do and need systems engineers to analyze and lead change in rapidly evolving environments. Rensselaer’s program prepares decision makers who are ready to Change the World.  Students who complete the program are able to establish system/process desired outcome requirements, map existing state, deploy evaluative tools to determine where improvements can be made to move from existing state to desired state, and to then plan and implement change processes to arrive at optimal performance.

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 ewp.rpi.edu). The Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate may not be used to fulfill degree requirements of the Systems Engineering and Technology Management degree program.
  • For more information about start dates and application requirements, see program Web site at (ewp.rpi.edu).

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:


  1. Students completing a Systems Engineering certificate as part of their MBA requirements, may be able to substitute ISYE 4240  for ENGR 6100 with advisor approval.

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