Systems Engineering Certificate for Professionals

At the Opus College of Engineering, we are world-class engineers who will lead bold, innovative change to serve the world in the Jesuit tradition.

This interdisciplinary engineering certificate responds to the push for innovation, preparing practicing engineers to assess and manage risk, striking a balance among competing objectives.  By completing this certificate, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge required to solve complex systems engineering problems in a variety of domains using current tools and approaches.  

Systems engineers provide value to communities and society at large by leading interdisciplinary engineering analysis, design and deployment of a system to ensure that it efficiently satisfies stakeholder needs, fulfills its intended operation and has a long and useful operating life.

Flexible, affordable graduate certificates

We recognize the importance of flexibility to those pursuing graduate education, especially to practicing engineers. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to complete our certificates on a full- or part-time basis. 

In an effort to support engineers completing their certificates, the Dean of the Opus College of Engineering is offering up to 5 tuition scholarship credits for those enrolled in a 12 credit certificate. For more information, please speak with our admissions specialist.



Credit Hours


Months to Complete*

online program delivery

      Online and On-Campus  


 *12-18 months to complete, based on a student's individualized plan  


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Topic Areas

This certificate is designed to allow students to supplement the domain-neutral systems engineering courses with 1-2 technical courses that expand the depth of knowledge in a particular application domain. Topics include:  

  • Medical imaging physics 
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Traffic operations analysis and design 
  • Sensor devices  
  • Industrial robotics 

Additional Program Highlights

Flexible course of study

Students can achieve their professional goals with great autonomy by selecting courses that help them achieve their goals.  

Industry focused

The certificate graduate program creates the opportunity to provide the skills that future engineers will need. Students will also be able to apply the in-depth coursework directly and immediately to their current position.  

Study with expert faculty 

Students work closely with Marquette faculty, who are experts with extensive industry experience and teach students how to become an "Ignatian Engineer" and develop a skillset with the technical expertise and a reflective mindset to recognize the impact on the world. Meet the faculty>>

Learn from industry experts

Industry experts will participate in this certificate program through workshops and guest lectures, allowing students to learn and apply their skills based on their expertise.

Expanding depth and breadth of knowledge

The program allows engineers from a variety of disciplines to expand their depth of knowledge in systems engineering, while also allowing the opportunity to develop essential skills around leadership, communication and business fundamentals that will help them to succeed as they continue to advance in their professional careers.  

View the Course Work

Total Credit Hours 12

Required Courses:
Systems Engineering Principles and Practice
Engineering Risk Analysis

Elective Courses

Choose two from the following:

  • Biomedical Instrumentation Design
  • Image Processing for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Systems Physiology
  • Engineering Decisions Under Uncertainty
  • Traffic Characteristics and Design
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Computer Security
  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
  • Sensor Devices: Theory, Design, and Applications
  • Software Testing
  • Introduction to Algorithms
  • Introduction to Intelligent Systems
  • Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Design
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Physical Systems Modeling
  • Experimental Design
  • Human Factors Engineering

Other courses as approved by the Certificate Faculty Sponsor and the associate dean for academic affairs in the Opus College of Engineering.

Learning Outcomes

Upon certification completion, students will be able to:

  • Analyze complex systems engineering problems.  As the complexity of systems continue to increase and new technologies emerge, systems engineers are challenged to maintain and enforce a holistic view of the solution – including regulatory, sustainability, safety, reliability, maintainability, social and economic perspectives.  
  • Communicate and effectively explain systems engineering problems and proposed solutions to a wide range of stakeholders (I.e. professional engineers, corporate decision makers, government regulators, etc.).  
  • Integrate advanced systems engineering concepts, modern engineering tools, and best practices to recommend technologically appropriate and responsible solutions.  
  • Reflect on the purposeful and meaningful contribution of each course to achieve the professional growth desired through the certificate.  

Apply Your Knowledge

Graduates of the Systems Engineering certificate program are likely to find positions in a wide range of industries including:

  • Healthcare
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Defense


Take the next step towards your future


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  • Admission Requirements
  • Application Details
  • Application Deadline

Ready to learn more about Marquette's systems engineering graduate certificate program? Reach out directly to our program recruiter or fill out the form below (all fields required) and we will respond to you shortly. 

Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

phone: (414) 288-7139




To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Applicants who do not have an engineering degree must complete prerequisite engineering requirements. The list of required prerequisite course(s) is determined during the academic advising process. Students who do not meet the 3.000 requirement, but have completed one year of engineering work experience, are reviewed and considered based upon a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to determine the applicant’s ability to complete advanced course work.

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply and submit all application materials any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions – August 1
  • Spring term admissions – December 15 

Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (scholarships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall term: February 15
  • Spring term: November 15

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