Graduate Certificate in Network Centric Systems

Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Deaprtment of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program  Description:

Recent advances in information technology and the increased level of interconnectivity that society achieved through internet and broadband communication technology created systems that are very much different.  The term Network-Centric is being used to describe such systems. these systems comprise a diverse category of large and complex systems whose primary purpose is providing network-type services. Network-centric systems are also frequently collaborative systems that are built on the partially voluntary and uncontrolled interaction of complex elements.

This graduate certificate program provides practicing engineers to develop the necessary skills for the design and operation of network centric systems. The graduate courses selected for the program addresses the intersection between network engineering and systems engineering and architecting.

Admission Requirements:

The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS degree in an engineering or hard scientific discipline who have a minimum of two years of professional experience or are currently 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.  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 be admitted to the MS program in systems Engineering or Computer Engineering if they apply. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards their master's degrees. 

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 6321/COMP ENG 6410: Modeling Complex Systems
  • COMP ENG 5410: Introduction to Computer Communication Networks

Choose two courses from the following :

  • COMP ENG 5420: Introduction to Network Security
  • COMP ENG 5510: Fault-Tolerant Digital Systems
  • COMP ENG 5430/SYS ENG 5323: Wireless Networks
  • SYS ENG 6322/COMP ENG 6510: Resilient Networks
  • COMP ENG 6420/SYS ENG 6324: Wireless Ad hoc and Sensor Networks
  • COMP ENG 6430: High Speed Networks
  • COMP ENG 6440/ COMP SCI 6602: Network Performance Analysis
  • COMP SCI 6600:  Computer Security
  • COMP SCI 6604: Mobile and Sensor Data Management


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:

Computer Engineering (MS)
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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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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