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Graduate Certificate in Systems

Graduate Certificate in Systems available on-campus and fully on-line

Purdue Systems Collaboratory’s Graduate Certificate in Systems is a 9-credit hour program designed for students and professionals across all majors who want to gain understanding and practical skills in systems thinking, systems dynamics and systems engineering. The Certificate program is a response to the need for a new generation of leaders with holistic perspective, who can address the most challenging and complex problems of today’s societies.

The program is administered through the Office of the Provost and is governed by the Collaboratory’s Educational Committee. For Purdue students, upon completion of certificate and Purdue degree requirements, students will receive an official certificate, which is also recorded on their academic transcript. For non-degree seeking participants, the official certificate will be awarded when the certificate is completed. The program is available both on-campus and fully on-line. Students should apply for the Systems Certificate before their last semester, or just prior to the semester they plan to graduate.

For more information on the on-line offering, visit Purdue Online.

Required courses for the Graduate Certificate in Systems

Information on the Graduate Program Requirements can be found here.

SYS 500000 - Perspectives on Systems Fall semesters
This course will provide students with an introduction to various quantitative and qualitative approaches to systems engineering, with case studies, concepts, and readings to support interdisciplinary project work.
SYS 510000 - Tools and Methodologies for Designing Systems Fall semesters
The purpose of the course is to emphasize patterns of systems thinking, introduce systems engineering processes and methods, introduce theory for model-based systems engineering, and provide practice in using model-based systems engineering tool.
SYS 530000 - Practical Systems Thinking Spring semesters
This course introduces multiple systems concepts and methods and emphasizes critical thinking about how the concepts and methods are applicable to the problematic situations of the projects and how well the project teams are able to perform the required activities. Continuing education students can choose their project topics related to their company/organization or line of work.

To enroll for the program, go to the Purdue Graduate School website and click on Apply Now. When you get to the “program details” section of the application, choose “Systems” as your Selected Graduate Major and “Systems Graduate Certificate” for your Degree Objective. (a screenshot is available as a guide).

Questions? Email Collaboratory’s Senior Program Manager, Kat Burkhart