As the challenges of developing products and solving
systems problems become increasingly complex and
multidisciplinary, the need for systems engineers with
advanced skills continues to grow. To address this need,
Johns Hopkins has launched a program offering an Advanced
Certificate for Post-Master's Study in Systems Engineering.
This part-time graduate program is designed for senior
engineers and managers who already have a master's degree
in systems engineering. The program provides advanced
state-of-the-art tools and knowledge that go beyond a
traditional systems engineering program.
"The rapid growth of the systems engineering
discipline and the breadth of its applications implies that
recent engineering graduates need to keep up with the most
advanced tools and standards to be employable and
productive today," said Samuel Seymour, acting chair of the
Systems Engineering Program.
Allan Bjerkaas, associate dean for the Whiting School
Engineering and Applied Science Programs for
Professionals, said that this certificate program
offers a convenient way for students to keep up with
changes in the field.
"This certificate is important," Bjerkaas said,
"because many of our M.S. graduates in systems engineering
received their degrees more than five years ago, and so
much is changing in systems engineering as the world moves
to more and more complex systems."
The program builds upon the university's part-time
master's program in systems engineering, which provides an
integrated foundation course series. An important component
of the new program is that it gives students a chance to do
original research of potential interest to their employers
and to publish their findings.
"Both keeping up with their field and publishing a
paper can be important for students' professional
development," Bjerkaas said. "This is the sort of thing we
hope to facilitate."
The certificate program will provide the opportunity
to expand the student's experience and knowledge base to
encompass the enterprise and integrated systems
environments. Commercial and government challenges will be
explored. The courses are taught by advanced systems
engineers who are intimately familiar with the current
challenges facing government and industry.
The program requires students to complete four
required courses and two advanced electives. The courses
must be completed within three years of enrollment in the
For more information about the program, go to www.epp.jhu.edu or call