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Education for Working Professionals

Systems Engineering

Graduate Certificate

Every organization has systems and processes—are those systems and processes performing flawlessly? Remaining competitive today becomes increasingly difficult with complex global supply chains, just-in-time inventory management, and new manufacturing techniques. Engineering and business leaders with the right systems engineering tools know how to evaluate systems and processes to ensure they are optimized and achieve strategic objectives. Systems Engineers see the “whole picture” and work with stakeholders to improve performance–evaluating, optimizing, and becoming a change agent to move the organization forward. Rensselaer’s Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate prepares you to get costs and inventory under control and enhance your organization’s competitive advantage.

Online Application and Important Dates

Informational Webinars

Attend a participatory webinar with Rensselaer’s Education for Working Professionals faculty to fully understand the distinctions of these programs designed with you in mind. Webinar participants receive a $75 application fee waiver for attending. Let us know we can expect you with an RSVP.

Informational Webinar Schedule

Certificate Information

  • You can begin the certificate in January, May, or August
  • Each course is 3 credit hours, the certificate is 3 course, 9 credit hours to complete
  • The certificate’s blended online delivery reflects today’s dynamic workplace
  • Practitioner faculty guide the completion of project work that relates to your career objectives
  • The program results in a graduate level Certificate in Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Courses are taken for credit, and successful completion requires a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • As each of the courses build upon prior courses, courses must be taken in sequence.
  • Students may choose to complete multiple certificates, or apply certificates to other degree programs, according to each program’s requirements (for eligible programs, see program web site at ewp.rpi.edu)

Course Coverage:

The Systems Engineering Certificate requires three courses:

ENGR 6100: Business Issues for Engineers and Scientists - Investigate the underlying business model in new ventures or within an existing enterprise, including competitive market analysis, the value proposition, beating the competition, financial performance, strategy formulation, and implementation.

ISYE 6610: Systems Modeling in Decision Sciences - Model systems using linear programming, integer programming, multi-criteria decision-making, and decision analysis. Use computational tools to evaluate systems and make actionable decisions to improve system performance.

ISYE 6620: Discrete Event Simulation - Use simulation modeling and analysis techniques to evaluate system performance, using graphical simulation modeling, animation techniques, large-scale and complex systems models, pseudo-random number and random variate generation, input and output modeling, sensitivity analysis, and interactive simulation-based decision-support systems.

Accelerated Application Process

A dedicated admissions officer will guide you through the process from start to finish as you prepare and submit all of the required application components.
An admissions decision will be made within 2 weeks of application submission.

Accelerated Application Requirements:

Application Component

Completed By Applicant

Requested By Applicant

Online Application

Official Transcripts


Personal Statement

Two letters of recommendation

$75 Application Fee

You are invited to apply online at https://ewp.rpi.edu/apply.html. Please make arrangements to have official copies of your transcripts sent to us via email at or by postal mail to: Graduate Admissions, Admissions Building, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180-3590. All other documents are received via the online application. We look forward to reviewing your graduate certificate application to Rensselaer!

For More Information

Complete an Inquiry Form: https://apply.rpi.edu/register/APSinquiry
The online application and important dates are found at: https://ewp.rpi.edu/apply.html
For More Information contact Bonnie Sofarelli, 860-548-5331