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UCI Division of Continuing Education and Georgia Institute of Technology Announce Articulation Agreement Between Systems Engineering Programs

Partnership Creates New Educational Opportunities for Systems Engineering Professionals

IRVINE, Calif. – December 22, 2011 – University of California, Irvine Extension and the Georgia Institute of Technology today announced their agreement to articulate earned credits for systems engineering classes in order to open new pathways for students pursuing systems engineering. Through the new articulation agreement, course participants who complete designated UC Irvine Extension Systems Engineering courses may receive academic credit toward the Georgia Institute of Technology Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE) degree program. Both programs are delivered primarily online. Georgia Tech’s program does require a few campus visits over the two-year duration.

“Course participants will learn that systems engineering requires the integration of different components to create a holistic system,” said Dave Dimas, director of engineering, sciences and information technologies at UC Irvine Extension. “Similarly, our partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology creates a unique combination of both programs to provide participants with the most comprehensive education available.”

“After conversations with leading industry officials, Georgia Tech launched the Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering three years ago,” said Nelson Baker, vice provost, Distance Learning & Professional Education. “This program was designed in response to the desire for a quality degree program that delivered applied content grounded in real-world knowledge. In addition, another priority was to develop a team-based program that could be delivered online and quickly adapted into the workplace. We are excited to partner with UC Irvine Extension in allowing for flexible methods for students to earn this industry-sought credential.”

UC Irvine Extension’s Systems Engineering certificate program examines the systems engineering process as a multi faceted and multi disciplined function within an organization. Topics include the concept of operations and elicitation of requirements, functional systems design and integration analysis and establishment of validation and verification plans.

The articulation agreement gives students the ability to transfer credits earned for “Foundations of Systems Engineering” and “Systems Requirements Engineering” in the UC Irvine Extension Certificate in Systems Engineering program to the Georgia Institute of Technology PMASE program. In order to be eligible, students must complete both courses with a grade of “B” or better and submit an application, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a resume and an official transcript. Furthermore, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in math, a hard science or engineering degree from an accredited college or university and five years of professional work experience.

About the Georgia Institute of Technology:

The Georgia Institute Technology is one of the world’s premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities, the Institute enrolls more than 20,000 students within its six colleges. Georgia Tech is the nation’s leading producer of engineers as well as a leading producer of female and minority engineering PhD graduates. Holding more than 780 patents and receiving approximately $570 million in sponsored awards, Georgia Tech ranks among the nation’s top ten universities (without a medical school) in research expenditures. Visit for more information.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit