Industrial Engineering - Systems Engineering Certification

Systems Engineering Certification

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Total Credits
Fully Online
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Minimum GPA
Qualifying Exam
GRE Not Required


The Certification Program in Systems Engineering is designed to provide students with an understanding of both technology and management perspectives in solving problems, making decisions, and managing risks in complex systems. Students in the certificate program pursue interdisciplinary coursework addressing management of both the business and the technical aspects of engineering systems.

"CVN was the best option for me to get my M.S.  The ability to earn my degree from such a high caliber school while working full time was a major factor in my decision to pursue a degree online. I was amazed at how responsive and inclusive the Professors and Teaching Assistants were to the CVN students."
Alexandra Stavros, Boeing

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must submit official transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, personal-professional statement, resume, and the $150 application fee.

Candidates for the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must complete the program of study as defined by the appropriate department. Program requirements for completion of these Certification Programs are listed below:

  • 4 Graduate-level classes all earned through CVN, as a non-degree student.
  • Minimum of 12 credit points
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of program within two (2) calendar years.


Candidates for the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must complete the program of study as defined by the appropriate department.


Course List

Required Courses

  • IEOR E4520: Applied Systems Engineering
  • IEOR E4521: Systems Engineering: Tools and Methods

Choose one

Note: Please review departmental course listings and consult with your program advisor. 

  • APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Mathematics
  • APPH E4130: Physics of Solar Energy
  • BMCH E4810: Artifical Organs
  • BMEN E4300: Solid Biomechanics
  • CBMF W4761: Computational Genomics
  • CHAP E4120: Statistical Mechanics
  • CHEN E4750: The Genome and the Cell
  • CHEN E4800: Protein Engineering
  • CIEE E4252: Environmental Engineering
  • CIEN E4111: Uncertainty and Risk in Infrastructure Systems
  • CIEN E4210: Forensic Structural Engineering
  • CIEN E4129: Managing Engineering and Construction Processes
  • CIEN E4130: Design of Construction Systems
  • COMS W4111: Database Systems
  • COMS W4118: Operating Systems
  • COMS W4180: Network Security
  • CSEE W4119: Computer Networks
  • EAEE E4150: Air Pollution Prevention and Control
  • EAEE E4190: Photovoltaic Systems Engineering and Sustainability
  • ECIA W4100: Management and Development of Water Systems
  • EAIA W4200: Alternative Energy Resources
  • EEME E4601: Digital Control Systems
  • ELEN E4702: Digital Communications
  • ELEN E4810: Digital Signal Processing
  • ELEN E4815: Random Signals and Noise
  • MECE E4431: Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control Systems
  • MECE E4602: Introduction to Robotics
  • MECE E4604: Modern Design for Manufacturability (also called 'Product Design for Manufacturability')

Choose one

  • IEOR E4001: Design & Management of Production & Service Systems
  • IEOR E4403: Quantitative Corporate Finance
  • IEOR E4004: Optimization Models and Methods or IEOR E4007: Optimization Models and Methods (FE)*
  • IEOR E4106: Stochastic Models or IEOR E4701: Stochastic Models (FE)*
  • IEOR E4412: Supply Chain Management
  • CSOR W4231: Analysis of Algorithms, I
  • IEOR E4404: Simulation or IEOR E4703: Monte Carlo Simulation*
  • IEOR E4418: Transportation Analytics and Logistics
  • IEOR E4510: Project Management
  • IEOR E4601: Dynamic Pricing & Revenue Management

* Course focuses on applications to the financial services industry. Only one course, not both, can be applied to a degree program from the IEOR department.

Tuition & Fees

2023–2024 Tuition & Fees

Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

CVN Credit Tuition: $2,462.00 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee
Tuition Deposit: $1,000 (More information on our Resources page)

Estimated cost of one nondegree course: $7,886.00
Estimated total cost of certification (four courses): $31,229.00

Estimated total cost of MS (ten courses): $77,915.00
*Estimated total cost of DES (ten courses plus a minimum of 12 research credits): $108,249.00

Graduate Admission Application Fee: $85 non-refundable one-time fee 
Certification Program Application Fee: $85 non-refundable one-time fee 

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
For example: A three-credit course would be $7,781 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $7,886

*Assumes DES student enrolls in two six-credit research courses.

For Drop/Withdrawal fees and dates, refer to the Academic Calendar for the current term.

Please note: CVN no longer offers courses for audit.

Payment should be mailed to:

Attn: Shewanna House
Accounting & Business Management
Senior Student Services Rep
Payments & Deposits
210 Kent Hall, Mail Code 9205
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Before you mail your check or money order, please take careful note of the following requirements to ensure the timely processing of your payment: https://sfs.columbia.edu/content/pay-mail.

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