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Certificate in Systems Design and Development

The Systems Design and Development program from Drexel University teaches in-depth analysis associated with systems engineering and systems design.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: April, September
Tuition Fee: $32,000 per year
Location: Online

Systems Design and Development at Drexel University is taught by experienced professionals who have conducted systems engineering in the DoD and commercial industries.

The program enables engineering leaders to manage systems development throughout the life cycle from conceptual development, engineering design, and through operation and sustainment stages. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to conduct systems engineering analysis at all levels.

The certificate is designed for technical professionals involved in systems engineering analysis or element design engineers, including software development. Engineers in early to mid-stage careers who are functioning or wish to move into positions as Systems Engineers will also benefit. Relevant fields include defense contractors, infrastructure planning and management, medical systems, data systems, energy systems, manufacturing, and construction management.

On-Campus work for International Students

F-1 and J-1 students are allowed to work on-campus while attending classes up to 20 hours a week. This work does not need to be related to your program of study, but you must maintain your student visa status while engaged in this type of work.

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Courses included

  • Systems Engineering Management
  • Systems Engineering Analysis
  • Systems Engineering Design
  • Systems Architecture Development
  • Software Systems Engineering

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