Graduate Certificate in Systems

Our Program

Purdue Systems Collaboratory initiated the Graduate Certificate in Systems in Fall 2018, a program designed for Purdue graduate students (on-campus and distance) across all majors as well as continuing education professionals.

The Certificate program is a response to the need for a new generation of leaders with a holistic perspective, who can address the most challenging and complex problems of today’s societies. Purdue graduates have continuously made technological breakthroughs, developed innovative products, created timeless designs, and discovered better ways to feed the world. It is time to pioneer the education of scientists, economists, engineers, designers, and humanitarians who are also systems thinkers; future leaders who can see the hidden interconnections between different elements of a system and turn the spotlight on the role of humans. These systems range from large-scale power grids and political/social systems to small-scale devices, such as motors for unclogging blood vessels and 3-D nanostructures.


Plan of Study

The Certificate in Systems program is administered through the Office of the Provost and is governed by the PSC Educational Committee representing different Purdue colleges. The study plan for the certificate includes three graduate SYS courses (9 credit hours) that introduce fundamental of systems thinking and enable students to gain a systems perspective, teaching tools and methodologies that can be applied in a variety of complex problems, and discuss emerging grand challenges at all levels.

The three SYS courses in the program had been previously offered cross-listed in the different variations between Fall and Spring. If a student has completed any of these courses, the course can be counted towards fulfillment of the certificate requirements. 

Required Courses

SYS 50000 - Perspectives on Systems
SYS 51000 - Tools and Methodologies for Designing Systems
SYS 53000 - Practical Systems Thinking

Degree Seeking Students

Purdue students will receive an official certificate once courses are successfully completed.


Certificate-Only Students

For students only admitted to the Systems Certificate, the official certificate will be awarded once courses are successfully completed.

To enroll as a certificate-only student, go to the Purdue Graduate School website. In the program details sections, choose "Systems" as the selected graduate major and "Systems Graduate Certificate" for the Degree Objective.

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