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C4I systems are concerned with gathering, retrieving, analyzing, and disseminating time-sensitive information to achieve mission-critical objectives. These systems support military operations across the spectrum of conflict, intelligence operations, transportation monitoring, emergency response, drug interdiction, and law enforcement, among others. C4I systems include the equipment, people, and procedures necessary to accomplish the mission. The equipment may include a variety of sensors, communications systems, and information processing and decision-support systems.

The C4I certificate focuses on the analysis, design, development, and management of C4I systems. Topics addressed include C4I architectures and software, communications, decision support, modeling and simulation, and sensor data fusion.

The graduate certificate may only be pursued on a part-time basis.


The certificate is available to students who hold bachelor's degrees in engineering and scientific disciplines or are in graduate status in such programs. Admission requirements are identical to those for the Systems Engineering, MS.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: VS-CERG-C4I

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

The certificate requires 12 credits (4 courses). Students must complete the following with an average grade of B or better:

Required Courses

SYST 680Principles of Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence (C4I)3
or ECE 670 Principles of C4I
OR 542Operations Research: Stochastic Models3
or ECE 528 Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Select two from the following:6
Heterogeneous Data Fusion
Bayesian Inference and Decision Theory
Modeling, Simulation, and Gaming
Discrete System Simulation
Computer Network Architectures and Protocols
Statistical Communication Theory
Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
Total Credits12

Completing the C4I Certificate within the Systems Engineering Master's Program

In addition to the four certificate courses above, students must complete the following six courses:

SYST 505Systems Engineering Principles3
SYST 510Systems Definition and Cost Modeling3
SYST 520System Engineering Design3
SYST 530Systems Engineering Management I3
SYST 611System Methodology and Modeling3
SYST 699Masters Project3
Total Credits18