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Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Management

Faculty working with Students: 1
Students: 5
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall July 15
  • Spring November 15
  • Summer March 15
  • Global Campus: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The complexity of modern systems and projects has demonstrated that it is no longer possible to rely on design evolution and associated tools to improve and develop a system. To address this complexity, system engineering has evolved along with new methods and modeling techniques to better comprehend engineering systems as they grow more complex. System engineering is a holistic, robust approach to the design, creation and operation of systems. It consists of identification and quantification of system goals, creation of alternative system design concepts, performance of trade studies, selection and identification of the best design, verification that the design is properly built and integrated, and post implementation assessment of how well the system meets the customer goals and needs. The system engineering method deals with systems as an integrated whole comprised of diverse subsystems and functions and works to optimize overall system functions and achieve maximum compatibility of its elements. This course focuses on how complex engineering projects should be managed over the life cycle of the project. It deals with the work processes and tools to handle large scale complex engineering projects in a sustainable environment and overlaps with the technical and human disciplines characteristic of these projects.

Admission Requirements:

Bachelors degree from an accredited institution (transcripts)


Student will provide a personal statement that is clearly written and addresses the applicant’s career and personal goals that will be enhanced by this certificate.


Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop a systematic and analytic framework to support decision making and make effective changes.
  2. Gain skills to manage changing technology.
  3. Cultivate business and human resources management skills.
  4. Learn technical and leadership skills designed to meet today’s—and tomorrow’s—industry needs.
  5. Stay at the leading edge and become a leader in the management of technology.

Faculty Members:

Squires, Alice, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Contact Information:

Alice Squires
Pullman, WA 99164
Patti Elshafei