Main Navigation
Apply Now Request Info


Systems Engineering Practice Graduate Certificate

Credits to Earn Your Certificate
CSU Online Grad Students Secured Plans Related to Their Career
Grad Students Would Choose CSU Online Again
In research expenditures in FY23
Course Overview Open Accordion
Systems engineering courses and certificate

Earn your systems engineering certificate online

Systems engineering is a multi-disciplinary approach to managing complex projects that require systems thinking in order to take a product, or system, through its lifecycle, from concept to completion. Earning a systems engineering certificate online allows you to understand the way the individual pieces work together.

Examples of the types of projects systems engineers might tackle at work include:

  • Troubleshooting complex systems such as an electric grid, which can involve working with electrical engineers, policy makers, and other constituents to resolve security or performance issues.
  • Managing the complicated process of designing, manufacturing, bringing to market, maintaining, and eventually retiring commercial and military aircraft.
  • Bringing a new drug to market by working across various teams to optimize equipment, ensure safety and reliability, design a smooth production and distribution process, and account for the entire product lifecycle.

Develop foundational skills

Learn the concepts and practices that help systems engineers lead engineering projects from idea through development and production. The certificate is a four-course series that prepares students with the core competencies and skills needed to practice as a systems engineer.

Topics of study include foundations and processes of systems engineering, engineering risk analysis, information technology project management, and engineering program management.

Expand your engineering experience

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Practice is designed for students and working professionals in:

  • Aerospace,
  • Technology,
  • Energy,
  • Government,
  • Military,
  • Biosciences and healthcare,
  • Environmental resources, and
  • Engineering related fields.

This certificate provides an introduction to systems engineering concepts and practices.

Curriculum Open Accordion

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript. No course substitutions or transfer courses are permitted.

Required systems engineering courses:

Select one course from the following:

The online systems engineering certificate program offers the advantage of a hybrid course delivery strategy. This option allows you to study when and where it works best for you:

  • Online while the lecture is happening live;
  • Watching a recorded version after work or on the weekend; or
  • Attending a selection of courses in person at our South Metro Denver location.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Full consideration is given to applicants who meet the given deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed as space within the program allows.

Fall semester July 1
Spring semester November 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

Apply Now

1Review Admission Requirements

Download the complete Systems Engineering Practice Application Checklist prior to starting the application process. Candidates for the certificate program must have completed a bachelor of science in engineering, business, life sciences, or natural sciences from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. A basic statistics course and Calculus I are recommended.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Resume
    Include any previous experience, along with position titles, dates of employment, institutions, and major responsibilities.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Systems Engineering Practice (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


We love learning about your goals and answering any questions you have.

Tandi Hawkey
Prospective Student Support Coach
Schedule Time to Talk

Program Details

12 credits
$1,175 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering Practice
Time Frame
1 year

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 1
Spring semester
November 1

Request Information

By providing your information, you consent to receive calls, emails, and/or text messages from CSU Online. Consent not required to purchase goods or services. For more info, call 1-970-491-5288. We respect your privacy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.