Certificate in Global Integrated Systems Engineering

Apply Complex Engineering Solutions That Incorporate Multicultural Factors


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $11,700

Next start date

September 27, 2017

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About this Program

For engineers in organizations that compete globally, systems thinking — understanding how different aspects of a system interconnect and impact the overall outcome — has become increasingly important. Factoring in the unique cultural issues that affect complex design and engineering projects is an essential part of the process.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll develop the systems thinking, problem solving and analytical skills needed to excel in today's global business environment. We’ll focus on topics related to systems engineering, project management, supply chain management and finance while considering multicultural factors. Learn to apply innovative industry techniques to design and optimize complex systems across a variety of engineering disciplines.

Designed For

Practicing engineers and other professionals who want to become systems engineers or incorporate systems engineering principles into their work.

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What You'll Learn

  • Models for systems analysis and process, requirements analysis and functional analysis
  • Project management considerations throughout the project life cycle
  • Financial modeling concepts
  • How to handle supply chain management challenges, including definition and scope, logistics, inventory and risks
  • Skills for cross-cultural communication,  international team building and outsourcing

Get Hands-On Experience

You will complete a team-based capstone project to solve a real-world problem and present your solution to the client.

Earn graduate credit

By completing this certificate program, you can earn graduate credit. Learn more about credit options.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Program Sessions


Blended (Classroom + Online)

Learning Formats


This program offers students the choice of attending class sessions online or in person based on your preference from week to week. Online classes are delivered in real time using Adobe Connect Web conferencing software, which allows you to interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat or phone. Classroom sessions are held on the UW Seattle campus. Course sessions are also recorded and available for later review. You must still submit all weekly assignments by their due dates.


Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.

For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

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