Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Systems Engineering (SEC)
Current as of: 08/31/2018

Degree Type: Certificate Program

  • Availability: In-residence or Distance Learning

Program Description:   As most disciplined engineers in acquisition perform many systems engineering activities, this graduate certificate provides techniques to specific, analyze, and develop complex military systems. Such techniques include: modern Model-based systems engineering (MBSE), agile software development, the use of System Modeling Language, and architecture frameworks. Current DoD challenges, topics of interest and case students will be presented. The Certificate can be earned as a minor concentration as part of another AFIT degree or accomplished independently entirely via online/distance learning. The target audience is active duty military, Air Force civilians, and contractors with traditional engineering backgrounds, usually working in laboratories, test centers, product centers, logistics centers, or in a requirements/capability planning office. If taking one course per quarter, this program can be completed in 12 months part-time. Completion of this certificate also provides a pathway for engineers to continue into an AFIT SE Master& rsquo s program, thesis or non-thesis option, resident or online.

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, process and tools to approach and analyze complex problems and select appropriate solutions.  It is expected that graduates possessing these skills will go on to make substantive contributions to capability development with the DoD and AF.  Within a few years after graduation, graduates are expected to:

  • Make positive programmatic and/or system engineering impacts, resulting in successful
  • Employ sound systems engineering processes and tools across the acquisition lifecycle
  • Provide technical leadership to teams promote and facilitate integration and communication across interdisciplinary teams sustain and increase an effective professional and technical network

Student Outcomes: The following student outcomes are those competencies that students are expected to achieve by  program completion. Graduates will  :

  1. thoroughly understand select SE processes and tools across the lifecycle
  2. apply SE processes and sound engineering principles in systematic manner to solve contemporary defense-focused problems
  3. analyze and evaluate Air Force high-interest, systems engineering policy, challenges and solutions

Certificate Requirements: The past SE Certificate, offered during 2003-2016, required four courses and a completion of Capstone project. For the new SE Certificate, approved for AY16-17, students must complete only four core SE courses:

Certificate Courses (4 courses, 16 credits): These courses provide a common breadth of knowledge and the basic building blocks for DoD systems engineers. 

  • SENG 520 Systems Engineering Design (4)
  • SENG 593 Software Systems Engineering (4)
  • SENG 640 System Architecture (4)
  • SENG 610 Project Management (4) or SENG 670 Advanced Topics in DoD Systems Engineering (4)


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




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