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Systems Engineering


The expanding complexity of providing products and services in a worldwide marketplace with a global workforce has fueled an increase in demand for Systems Engineers. Systems Engineers utilize a combination of product development and service delivery fundamentals including program & project management techniques and keen business skills. Systems Engineers plan, coordinate, and manage team efforts that translate customer requirements and operational needs into effective solutions that meet cost, schedule, and performance goals.

The Systems Engineering Certificate prepares you to sit for the Associate and Certified levels of the Systems Engineering Professional exams (ASEP & CSEP) given by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Recognized internationally, these certifications have set the standard for excellence in systems engineering.

Who Should Enroll

This program benefits program managers, project managers, and those in technical and non-technical disciplines who are involved in any aspect of the development and deployment of products or services. This includes development, design, operations, manufacturing, testing, implementation, procurement, cost, scheduling, training and support. Those who are involved with project or program management or enterprise-level process improvement will also benefit from this program.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for engineering technicians, except drafters in the United States.

Projected Growth
Annual Salary
(25th-75th Percentile)

Program Benefits

  • Gain critical skills and techniques to optimize product development and service deployments
  • Acquire useful and practical skills to improve your organization's operational efficiency
  • Reduce project and program risks while keeping on schedule and under budget
  • Analyze customer needs and develop clear requirements that translate into optimal products and services
  • Develop innovative approaches for systems design and integration
  • Utilize simulation-based engineering to optimize development and deployment efforts
  • Define verification and validation programs tailored to your company and your customer's risk threshold
  • Identify, prioritize, and select relevant solutions to solve complex engineering problems and processes
  • Prepare for CSEP industry certification

Course Schedule

Required Courses

EECS X491.81
Foundations of the Systems Engineering Process (2.5 units)
EECS X491.81
EECS X491.71
Systems Requirements Engineering (2.5 units)
EECS X491.71
EECS X491.94
System Design and Integration (2.5 units)
EECS X491.94
  to be scheduled    
EECS X491.93
System Validation and Verification (2.5 units)
EECS X491.93
    to be scheduled  

Elective Courses

Systems Engineering
EECS X429.2
Simulation-Based Engineering of Complex Systems (2.5 units)
EECS X429.2
  to be scheduled to be scheduled  
EECS X491.98
Systems Engineering: Tools & Methods (2.5 units)
EECS X491.98

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of 15 credit units: 4 required courses (2.5 units each) and 5 units of elective courses, with a grade of “B” or better in each course. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Carlee Bishop, Ph.D., Executive Director, Professional Masters in System Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Carol J. Gutierrez, M.S. - System Engineering, MBA, INCOSE ESEP, CM
  • Rick Hefner, Ph.D., Program Director, California Institute of Technology
  • John C. Hsu, Ph.D., M.S., PE, Technical Director of Systems Management and Engineering Consulting Services; Adjunct Professor, California State University Long Beach; Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Thomas V. Huynh, Ph.D., Associate Professor Systems Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Scott Jackson, M.S., CSET, Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE); Adjunct Faculty in Systems Engineering and Resilience Architecting, University of Southern California
  • Michael E. Krueger, President, ASE consulting, LLC, Co-author of INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook
  • Ian Presland, CEng, CSEP, INCOSE UK; Professional Development Director Systems Engineering Business Manager, Thales Training & Consultancy
  • Benjamin Wu, Ph.D., PE, MBA, Managing Partner, Quality and Productivity Advisors

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.