Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate

The Systems Engineering (SE) certificate program prepares you with the latest technologies in automotive, mobility and manufacturing industries.

Working collaboratively with our industry partners on the development of this program, you will learn the unique skills that industry needs to build the next generation of engineers, technologists and industry leaders.

The program consists of four core courses plus one electives 

The courses were designed by "competency teams," whose explicit purpose is to create curriculum that is directly responsive to current needs, but also deploys the most current technology, strategies, methods and tools emerging from universities, corporations and national laboratories.

The certificate program can normally be completed in one calendar year.

Detroit Mercy is proud to announce the International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE) now recognizes the System’s Engineering Certificate as an equivalent to the INCOSE knowledge exam.  Those students seeking INCOSE certification will be able to bypass the knowledge exam requirement.   Learn more here:

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    Course descriptions

    Course Details – Core Courses (all 4 are required)

    All core courses are currently offered via online synchronous format and will continue to be offered in this format.

    MPD 5050 Systems Architecture   Credit Hours: 3 Cr
    Provides an understanding (supported by theory and case studies) of the principles of system architecture such that participants learn some of the basic tools required to: (1) structure and learn all the early, conceptual phases of the system development process; (2) support an ongoing system development project through its system engineering and design phase; and (3) think independently and holistically about product architecture. Topics include: what is SA; overview of the architecting process; architecting heuristics and principles; builder-architected systems; manufacturing systems models and modeling.\

    MPD 5300 System Optimization   Credit Hours: 3 Cr
    Application-oriented introduction to optimization and simulation focuses on understanding system trade-offs. Introduces modeling methodology (linear, integer and nonlinear programming, genetic algorithms), modeling tools (sensitivity and post-optimality analysis), software applications in production planning and scheduling, inventory planning, distribution systems planning, facility sizing and capacity expansions, and product development.

    MPD 5100 Systems Engineering   Credit Hours: 3 Cr
    Provides an understanding of key elements of Systems Engineering. Within this framework, elements of Systems Engineering enablers, requirements analysis, top level architecture development, robust design, trade-off study techniques, embedded real-time software design, and product-process modeling are addressed. Particular emphasis is placed on the criticality and correctness of requirements and the effects that requirements have on the product development process. Industry participation provides an understanding of current real-world experiences that highlight problems and solutions related to large-scale, complex system.

    MENG 5925Modeling of Complex Systems:  3Cr
    Note: An introduction in Systems Modeling Language (SysML) was previously embedded in MPD 5050 and an application was in MPD 5100.  This course has already been added to the MPD program as of Fall 2017.  It will require students to achieve a high level of competence in model-based systems engineering.

    Course Details – Elective Courses (1 required)

    The three listed elective courses are currently offered via online synchronous format and will continue to be offered in this format. Students may choose other electives, provided the courses are in some way related to the development of engineered system and have the approval of the Systems Engineering program director.

    MPD 5750 Design for X (DFX) - Credit Hours: 3
    Provides a fundamental understanding of and ability to effectively consider design implications of Design for X, where X will be many different topics related to product design and development, such as assembly, manufacturability, durability, serviceability, recyclability, damageability, health and safety, ergonomics, quality/robustness, FEA, cast and molded parts and additional topics. Case studies from industry are discussed throughout.

    MPD 5500 Operations Management - Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an understanding of concepts for design, planning and control of manufacturing and service operations. Provides basic definitions of operations management terms, tools and techniques for analyzing operations, and strategic context for making operational decisions. The material is presented in four modules: (a) operations analysis, (b) coordination and planning (c) logistics and supply chain management, and (d) operations strategy. Also explored are such issues as product development, technology and re-engineering.

    MPD 5600 Product Planning and Development - Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an understanding of structured methodologies and effective tools that support the development of engineered products. Emphasis is placed on the activities related to the concept development phase of the product development process. Topics include development processes and organizations, opportunity recognition, identifying customer needs, establishing product specifications, concept generation, concept selection, and concept testing. A team project is required.


    Application Assistance

    1. Apply Online.  First time users need to create an account.
    2. Create a log-in ID and Pin #
    3. Complete Graduate Application by choosing Certificate for Advanced Electric Vehicle as your program of choice.
    4. You will be contacted by your Admissions Counselor to confirm receipt and will be asked to confirm your intention of Systems Engineering course work.
    5. Send official transcripts for all course work completed after high school. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" will not be accepted.
    6. Copy of current Resume. Resume can be emailed to:

    Send Documents to:
    Systems Engineering Program Office – E270
    University of Detroit Mercy
    4001 West McNichols Road
    Detroit, Michigan 48221

Program Contact Information:

Paul Spadafora
Director of Professional Engineering Programs
University of Detroit Mercy,
4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI, 48221

Questions?  Contact:

Valarie Glisson
(313) 993-1128