Admissions

Architecture-Based Systems Integration Concentration

A bachelor's degree is required for admission to a certificate program.

C4I & Cyber Concentration

The certificate with this concentration 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.

Communications and Networking Concentration

The certificate with this concentration in communications and networking is open to all students who hold BS degrees in scientific and engineering disciplines from accredited universities.

Engineering Resilient Enterprise Systems Concentration

The certificate with this concentration is available to any student who holds a bachelor's degree in an engineering or scientific discipline or has graduate status in such a program. Admission requirements are identical to those for the Systems Engineering, MS, except that the math requirements include only MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II, and a probability and statistics course.

Financial Systems Concentration

The certificate with this concentration will be open to all students who hold a BS degree in scientific and engineering disciplines from an accredited university program, with a GPA minimum established by VSE for all MS programs. Students who are already enrolled in a master's program must submit an application form to enroll in this certificate with concentration program; all others must apply for graduate admission to this certificate with concentration program.

Tactical Computer Operations Concentration

Students applying to the certificate with this concentration must hold a bachelor's degree in either computer science or computer engineering. Prospective students without these specific degrees will need to have a technical bachelor's degree and show academic competence in the areas of: C (C++, C#, Objective C), Assembler, discrete mathematics, and computer networking. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale) is required. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.

Policies

The Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

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

Banner Code: VS-CERG-SYST

Total credits: 12-15

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

Concentration in Architecture-Based Systems Integration (ABSI)

Administered by the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Coursework

The following four courses must be completed with a grade of B or better:

SYST 520System Engineering Design3
SYST 618Model-based Systems Engineering3
SYST 620Discrete Event Systems3
SYST 621Systems Architecture Design3
Total Credits12

Certificate coursework within the Systems Engineering MS

In addition to the ABSI concentration courses, students must take the following six courses within the Systems Engineering, MS:

SYST 505Systems Engineering Principles 13
SYST 510Systems Definition and Cost Modeling3
SYST 530Systems Engineering Management I3
SYST 611System Methodology and Modeling3
SYST 699Masters Project3
Select one approved elective from the ABSI concentration3
Total Credits18
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Students who have work experience in systems engineering should consult with their advisor on replacing SYST 505 Systems Engineering Principles with a higher-level SYST course.

Concentration in C4I & Cyber (C4IC)

Administered by the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research

This certificate with concentration may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

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

Coursework

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

Completing the certificate with the C4I concentration within the Systems Engineering Master's Program

In addition to the four 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

Concentration in Communications and Networking (CONE)

Administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The certificate with a concentration in Communications and Networking is awarded on completion of five graduate courses (15 credits) in communications and networking. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required and one course with a grade of C at most may be applied toward the certificate. The certificate courses comprise two required foundation courses and three electives.

Coursework

Foundation Courses:
ECE 528Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 542Computer Network Architectures and Protocols3
Total Credits6

Electives

After completing the foundation courses, students choose electives by taking three courses from the following:

Select three courses from the following:9
Digital Signal Processing
Introduction to Optical Electronics
Optical Fiber Communications
Statistical Communication Theory
Coding Theory
Adaptive Signal Processing
Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
Network Switching and Routing
Cryptography and Computer Network Security
Digital Communications
Mobile Communication Systems
Detection and Estimation Theory
Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Wireless Networks
High-Speed Networks
Discrete System Simulation
Network Modeling
Queuing Theory
Total Credits9

Concentration in Engineering Resilient Enterprise Systems (ERES)

Administered by the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research.

To be eligible for a certificate with concentration in Engineering Resilient Enterprise Systems, students must complete two required courses (6 credits) plus two electives (6 credits) with an average grade of B or better.

Coursework

SYST 523Engineering Resilient and Agile Enterprise Systems3
SYST 618Model-based Systems Engineering3
Total Credits6

Electives

The remaining two electives must be taken from the list below with the approval of the advisor. Courses designated as basic methods courses may also be used as an elective. Some certificate electives may require stronger math requirements.

Electives6
Select at least one course from the following:
Systems Thinking
Information Systems Analysis and Design
Object-Oriented Software Specification and Construction
Decision Support Systems Engineering
Heterogeneous Data Fusion
Systems Engineering Management II
Select the second course from the courses listed above or from the following:
Computer Communications and Networking
Computer Network Architectures and Protocols
Principles and Practices of Communication Networks
Total Credits6

Concentration in Financial Systems (FNSY)

Administered by the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research.

To be eligible for the certificate with concentration in Financial Systems Engineering, students must complete three required courses (9 credits) plus one elective (3 credits) with an average grade of B or better.

Coursework

SYST/OR 538Analytics for Financial Engineering and Econometrics3
SYST/OR 588Financial Systems Engineering I: Introduction to Options, Futures, and Derivatives3
SYST/OR 688Financial Systems Engineering II: Derivative Products and Risk Management3
Total Credits9

Elective 

Select one from the following:3
Stochastic Processes
Computational Methods in Engineering and Statistics
Heterogeneous Data Fusion
Judgment and Choice Processing and Decision Making
Total Credits3

Concentration in Tactical Computer Operations (TCO)

Administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Students must meet prerequisites for courses by either taking the appropriate undergraduate courses or through instructor permission.

Coursework

CS 571Operating Systems3
ECE 511Microprocessors3
CFRS 761Malware Reverse Engineering3
Total Credits9

Electives

Select two courses from the following:6
Penetration Testing in Computer Forensics
Anti-Forensics
Mobile Application Forensics and Analysis
Kernel Forensics and Analysis
Cryptography and Computer Network Security
Security Laboratory
Network Security
Secure Software Design and Programming
Security Protocol Analysis
Total Credits6