Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Systems Engineering (SEC)
Current as of: 03/07/2016

Degree Type: Certificate Program

Availability: In-residence or Distance Learning

Program Description: The Department of Systems Engineering and Management offers a Systems Engineering Certificate (SEC), which can be earned as a minor concentration as part of another AFIT degree or accomplished independently entirely via distance learning. The target audience is active duty military, DoD civilians, and contractors with traditional engineering backgrounds, usually working in laboratories, test centers, product centers, air logistics centers, or in a requirements/capability planning office (e.g., Air Staff, Joint Staff, or MAJCOM).

Program Educational Objectives: The SE Certificate Program takes students with traditional engineering backgrounds (mechanical, electrical, aerospace, etc.) and produces graduates who can effectively use SE methods and tools to approach and analyze complex problems, design feasible solutions, and select an appropriate solution.  Specific objectives are as follows, which are based on the SE Core classes in the Graduate Systems Engineering program.

  1. AFIT SE graduates will demonstrate thorough understanding of the SE process from mission area analysis through requirements definition to system development, sustainment, and retirement.
  2. AFIT SE graduates will be proficient with some of the tools for implementing the SE process, including development of system architectures, requirements analysis, modeling, and project management.
  3. AFIT SE graduates will demonstrate application of the SE process and methods on contemporary problems of interest to the DoD.
  4. AFIT SE graduates will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate technically complex ideas and concepts.

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
  • Student selections are determined by the Department of Systems Engineering and Management for enrollment for the fall quarter. Selections are made the first week in August, if selected notifications are send out shortly after.

The GRE is not required for certificate-seeking students, unless the student intends to also pursue a master& rsquo 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 web page.

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

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