Graduate Certificate in Model Based Systems Engineering

Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

Recent advances in information technology and the increased level of interconnectivity achieved through Internet and broadband communication technology has led to systems that are  increasingly complex. To manage this complexity, computational modeling and data resources  have become nearly ubiquitous in Systems Engineering, driving the profession from a document-centric paradigm to a model-centric one. Model Based Systems Engineering provides the means to construct models that capture system structure, behavior, and requirements and maintain consistency of these models automatically between collaborating engineers. These models can then be used in tandem with engineering and mathematics tools to quickly gain insight into the overall system performance over the entire lifecycle before a system component is ever made.

This graduate certificate program provides practicing engineers the opportunity to develop the necessary skills in the use of current modeling techniques to develop and simulate complex, multi-disciplinary engineering systems. In addition, engineers will learn methods to automate data acquisition for system development, establish rules for reusability of model resources, and necessary modern techniques for simulating the designed systems.

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Admission Requirements:

The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS degree in an  engineering or hard scientific discipline. In addition, the applicant must have a minimum of two years of professional experience or currently be accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. The certificate program consists of four courses, two core courses and two elective courses. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department will be responsible for offering the core courses at least once per year. The courses in the certificate program should be offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Systems Engineering MS program. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards the MS. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B average is maintained in the courses taken.

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  • Sys Eng 6541 Distributed Systems Modeling
  • Sys Eng 6542 Model Based Systems Engineering
  • Sys Eng 6239 Smart Engineering System Design
  • Eng Mgt 5411 Engineering Design Optimization

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Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Systems Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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