Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Human Systems (HSC)
Current as of: 08/31/2015

Degree Type: Certificate Program

Availability: In-residence or Distance Learning

Program Description: The Department of Systems Engineering and Management offers a Human Systems Certificate (HSC), which provides a set of graduate level courses to support the Air Force and DoD-wide focus on human factors and Human Systems Integration (HSI). These courses are intended to aid individual contributions towards HSI research and application across the DoD. The HSC may be earned as a minor concentration as part of most other AFIT programs or accomplished independently entirely via distance learning.
Student Outcomes: The following student outcomes are those competencies that students are expected to achieve by the completion of the program:

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of Human Systems Integration and the role of the HSI professional in the systems engineering processes.
  2. Evaluate contemporary human factors problems of interest to the DoD, and design process and solutions utilizing detailed methods in an area of specialization.
  3. Apply the requisite tools to make systems trades among the HSI domains.
  4. Effectively communicate technically complex ideas and concepts in written and oral formats.

Admission Criteria: The general requirements for admission to the GSE program are as follows:

  • Degree: A bachelor& rsquo s degree in engineering (e.g., Aeronautical, Astronautical, Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, or Systems Engineering) or a degree in Engineering Science is required. 
  • Mathematics Courses: At least ordinary differential equations are required.
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA  > = 3.0 overall

The GRE is not required for certificate-seeking students, unless the student intends to also pursue a master's degree, in which case the graduate degree admission criteria will apply. Waivers to the above criteria may be granted (on an individual basis) by the Department of Systems and Engineering Management. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria may apply.

For more information on specific admission procedures to AFIT programs, please refer to the AFIT Office of Admissions.

For full details regarding the SEC program, refer to Chapter 7 of the Department  Blue Book.

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