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About the Systems Engineering Program

A system is a collection of different elements that together produce results not obtainable by the elements alone. The elements, or parts, can include people, hardware, software, facilities, policies, and documents as defined by INCOSE. Systems Engineering is a technique of combining knowledge from all associated engineering disciplines to solve complex engineering problems.

Customers are becoming much more demanding, competition is greater, and advances in technology are shortening the product life-cycle. Systems Engineering solves these problems by providing the best possible solutions within cost and performance constraints while meeting all customer objectives. The application of sound engineering principles provides each business entity with a clear and certain competitive advantage in their respective industry.

The courses in this program are based on the application of sound engineering principles and are structured to provide a clear competitive advantage in their respective engineering discipline. The culmination of the five required courses are what comprise the basic skill set necessary to earn the title of "Systems Engineer."

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For more information about this program, please email unexengr@ucsd.edu.

  • How to make effective teams out of multidisciplinary resources
  • Skills for planning and executing the various phases of a project
  • Systematic methodologies to obtain efficient design and production
  • Techniques to minimalize product defects and failures with solid verification and validation methods
  • Methods to reduce design changes by producing a clear and concise “Statement of Work” (SOW)
  • How to improve system reliability, maintainability, and availability
  • The importance of applied logistics and support strategies
  • Industries employing systems engineers include; Defense, Information Technology, Financial Services and Banking, Aerospace and Airlines, Communications, Health care, Manufacturing, Utilities, Automotive, Transportation and Warehousing, Pharmaceuticals, and Biomedical.
  • According to statistics from Burning Glass - Labor Insight Jobs, within the last year (4/2019 - 5/2020) there were 6,357 job postings in the state of California and 27,056 nationwide
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the medain salary range for a Systems Engineer at 97K annually
Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $6,455

Excludes textbooks and materials.

Duration: 2 years

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

Contact
Department
Science & Technology
Phone
858-534-9152
Email
unexengr@ucsd.edu

Courses

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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses: Eight courses (five required and three electives)
  • Total units: 24
  • Background: A Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required to complete this certificate

All 5 courses are required

Systems Engineering ManagementBUSA-40066

Units: 3.00

$795

Intended for managers, engineers, and technical specialistswho desire a broader understanding of the systems engineering process and its management applications. Students will examine typical system l...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Systems Requirements AnalysisBUSA-40125

Units: 3.00

$795

Discover a powerful set of requirements analysis toolsessential to the engineering development process. Understand the importance and differences between the system, hardware and software architecture...

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Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Systems Verification and ValidationBUSA-40414

Units: 3.00

$795

Understanding and applying core principles of Systems Verification and Validationis considered by many to be the key element of a solid systems engineering process. In this course, you will learn the ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Systems Engineering Software OverviewCSE-41293

Units: 3.00

$795

In modern systems development, software has become increasingly important and pervasive.In a recent CNBC interview, Don Butler, Executive Director of connected vehicles at Ford Motor Corp. stated we ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Systems Hardware/Software IntegrationEE-40060

Units: 3.00

$795

Learn the application of systems engineering processes to systemsincorporating software and hardware. Through a class project, the development of requirements from a problem statement and the allocati...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Select any combination of elective courses. Minimum of 9 units required.

Introduction to Systems ThinkingMAE-40017

Units: 3.00

$795

A Systems Thinking methodology adds a new and powerful set of analysis toolsto the systems engineer s product development toolkit. Looking at a system as the sum of its parts working together, as op...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Systems Engineering with OMG SysML™CSE-40981

Units: 3.00

$795

Discover model-driven systems engineering using the UML Profilefor Systems Engineering (OMG SysML™). Systems engineering principles will be applied to developing a comprehensive model of a solut...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

LEAN Thinking for Big Data AnalyticsCSE-41296

Units: 3.00

$795

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics most recent figures, overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow 30 percent from 2018 to 2028 - much faster than the average...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall

Logistics I: Logistics OverviewBUSA-40932

Units: 3.00

$795

This course is structured to define the role of the Logistics Engineerin support of engineers involved in the development of products and establishing the Total Life Cycle Cost. This course will provi...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Introduction to System SafetyMAE-40026

Units: 3.00

$795

Discover the theories, concepts, applications, and practices of the field of system safety.This course emphasizes the specialized integration of safety skills and resources into all phases of a system...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Summer

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This Program Is Designed For:

  • Individuals seeking to transition from, but not limited to, the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:
    • Project Management
    • Software Development
    • Software Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • System Integration
    • System Design
    • Configuration Management
    • System Architecture
    • System Administration

Industry Certification

  • The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has established a multi-level Professional SEP Certification Program to provide a formal method for recognizing the knowledge and experience of systems engineers, regardless of where they may be in their career
  • For more information on certification http://www.incose.org/certification/  

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The San Diego Regional EDC's Advancing San Diego program is designed to address talent shortages in STEM positions. Students of our program will be eligible for fully-funded internships at San Diego small companies. Learn more about the program by visiting AdvancingSD.com.

 

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Conditions for Admission

UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are Soft Skills available to students for their professional development under this program?

To advance in today’s competitive job market, in addition to your technical skills, employers are seeking candidates who possess soft skills including self-awareness, communication skills, team building, EQ, Leadership and Management etc. Our Corporate and Community Relations team offers a wide array of workshops, webinars, and executive programs designed to develop strong professional skills applicable across all industries. Participants will be able to implement the skills learned immediately upon completion of their training. 

To get more detail on what they have to offer, we encourage you to visit our Leadership and Management Essentials webpage.

Can this program be completed entirely online?

Yes! This program is designed for you to take it online in the convenience of your own home or office. We are currently using Canvas as our online Learning Management System for all our online courses in this program. While students do not get access to their respective courses until the first day of the course, we encourage students who are new to Canvas to click on the following link to Canvas and Take the free tour of Canvas.

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable program flyer and program FAQs under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at 858-534-9152 or unexengr@ucsd.edu.


 

How do I enroll in a course?

To enroll into a class, click on the class link in the matrix and that will take you to that class page. There you can find the start date for that course, and you can click on “Add to Cart” which will lead you to complete the registration/payment process.

How long is this program?

You officially have 5 years to complete all requirements for the certificate, although students can usually complete the entire program in 2 years by taking 1 course per quarter.

If I already have the skills taught in one of the program courses, can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Please contact the program representative via email at unexengr@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-9152 for more information.

Is this certificate open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at ipinfo@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-6784.

Advisory Board

Ed Fields

Senior Systems Engineer

Raytheon

Jeffrey Grady

Owner

JOG Systems Engineering

Don Greenlee, B.S., M.S., M.Eng.

Senior Systems Engineer

American Systems Corporation

Don Muehlbach, Jr.

Professor of Practice, Department of Systems Engineering

Naval Post Graduate School

Moshe Olim, Ph.D.

System Engineer

D&K Engineering

Hal Sorenson

Professor Emeritus

University of California, San Diego

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