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Systems Engineering (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering is intended for working professionals who wish to obtain knowledge and training in Systems Engineering as needed in industries for career advancement, preparation for the INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) program as well as attracting students that have completed the certificate and wish to apply for admission to the regular MS degree that is available through the Distance Learning program in the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department.  This program is also offered online.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Systems & Industrial Engineering -

The Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) Department at the University of Arizona was established in 1961 as the nation's first department of systems engineering.  Since then, the SIE Department has achieved international prestige for its contributions to the inter-disciplinary design of large-scale complex systems involving people, technology, and information.  With the introduction of a modern industrial engineering curriculum in 1972 and a reliability and quality engineering degree in 1987, the department offers a truly diverse and successful graduate program.  Career opportunities for graduates of the Systems and Industrial Engineering programs are outstanding.  Over the years, graduates from these programs have found employment in the nation's leading corporations, research institutes, and universities.

College of Engineering  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Cindy T Nguyen
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cindy T Nguyen
Director of Graduate Studies
Vignesh Subbian
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the UA. Students who do not have a degree equivalent to the UA Bachelor of Science degree in Systems & Industrial Engineering may be admitted

into the graduate certificate program, but may be required to complete some undergraduate deficiency courses prior to enrolling in graduate courses.

You must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in your undergraduate degree or your last 60 units of your undergraduate degree. 

The graduate application can be found at ; You must upload a letter of intent and unofficial transcripts.  Three letters of recommendation are also required.  If applying for funding, GRE scores must be submitted.  If you are an international student, a TOEFL score is also required. 

Standardized Tests

We do not require the GRE for the Certificate program.

Financial Aid
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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: March 31
  • Spring: June 15


International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Certificate in Systems Engineering requires a minimum of 12 credit hours.  

The following 3 courses are required for the certificate:


Class                            Description                                    Usually Offered

SIE 550                       Theory Linear Systems                           Spring

SIE 554A                      The Systems Engineering Process          Fall

SIE 531                       Simulation Modeling & Analysis                Fall &   Spring


The remaining 6 elective credits can be selected from the following:

SIE 530                              Engineering Statistics                                Fall

SIE 540                              Survey of Optimization                                Spring

SIE 564                              Cost Estimation                                         Spring

SIE 654                              Adv. Concepts in Systems Engr.                 Spring


All courses are offered via distance learning as well as on campus. 



Minor Requirements
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