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Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Engineering

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Online Digital Engineering Certificate

Fulfill the needs articulated by companies and federal agencies to upskill in digital modeling practices, processes and products. This four-course certificate program will help you build the expertise to apply model-based systems engineering in the acquisition, design and analysis of a system of interest. Each course will provide the skills to simulate aspects of the system and verify specified requirements. Models of the system's behavior across its lifecycle will be addressed, and their role in creating a digital thread and authoritative source of truth will be studied. Developed with input from industry leaders and piloted with civilian and military engineers at Hanscom Air Force Base, the Graduate Certificate in Digital Engineering is available entirely online.

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Key Takeaways

  • Deepen your knowledge of systems engineering principles and their transformation to digital models
  • Build skills in representing the systems' design, acquisition and sustainment using the systems modeling language (SysML) tool
  • Acquire knowledge of a class of physical systems, data-driven decision making and their performance analysis through a cyber-physical systems framework
  • Team-based project-driven learning with SysML and MATLAB programming

Curriculum Outline

- 4 Courses / 12 Credits

Course Descriptions

EECE.5492 Systems, Modeling and Simulations for Digital Eng (3cr)

This course provides a high-level view of systems thinking, systems engineering, physical system modeling and model-based systems engineering (MBSE) in the context of digital transformation initiatives taking place in government and industry. Examples of systems engineering practice are drawn from government acquisition processes. State-space models of system dynamics are introduced considering deterministic and random effects. Security primitives and threat modeling tools are reviewed and their integration during the design phased discussed. System dynamics will be simulated using MATLAB, Simulink and Python programming platforms Students will learn to implement MBSE using the systems modeling language (SySML) and supporting commercial or open-source software platforms In team-based project work, students will emulate a digital transformation of stakeholder requirements examine design trade-offs by integrating the MBSE representation with dynamic system simulations.

EECE.5494 Model-Based Systems Engineering (3cr)

This course provides experiential learning in implementing Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) from an applications perspective. Principles of systems thinking and practices in design of engineered systems are discussed. The mapping of systems engineering stages to a model-based graphical representation in undertaken with the systems modeling (SysML) language and supporting programming platforms. Model-based representation of stakeholder requirement, use-cases and scenarios, system and interface architecture will be learnt through case studies drawn from mission operations. MBSE practitioners will present their best practices for integrating respective models for verification, validation, traceability and presentation to teams with differing backgrounds and expertise.


EECE.5492 Systems, Modeling and Simulation for Digital Eng.

EECE.5496 Cyber-Physical Systems Modeling and Simulation (3cr)

Physical systems and their interactions with embedded digital sub-systems and communication networks are analyzed by representing them in the context of cyber-physical systems (CPS). Related concepts of system control, hybrid dynamical systems and state estimation are presented. The application of the CPS model as a digital twin and approaches for representing the model across it's lifecycle are explored. The specification of functional, behavioral and security requirements for CPS using a model-based systems engineering framework is undertaken. The performance verification with multiphysics models and simulation experiments are conducted. Particular focus will be on the verifying correctness of algorithms that control the CPS and challenges in bridging continuous and discrete event based systems that comprise a CPS.


EECE.5492 Systems, Modeling and Simulation for Digital Eng.

EECE.5498 Data-Driven Models, Decision Making, and Risk Mgmt (3cr)

This course addresses the application of data recorded from models, simulation or measurements for prediction, inference of estimation of system behavior. Students are introduced to AI/machine learning algorithms, data visualization and data analytics. The focus will be on the analysis of decisions driven by data and models using concepts of decision trees, multi-objective models and game theory. Methods for estimating costs and managing risks across the lifecycle of the system will be discussed. Case studies will be drawn from the government and industry that highlight mission statements with proposed strategy, tactics and operations. Optimization methods that address these directives with associated uncertainty parameters will be explored in team-based projects.


EECE.5492 Systems, Modeling and Simulation for Digital Eng.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs through UMass Lowell must complete all courses indicated in the curriculum outline. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace by registering for and successfully completing one or more courses each semester, depending upon his/her personal time constraints. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.000 with no more than one course grade below B to receive the certificate.

Online courses meet throughout the year during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters (see Calendar for details). Online students generally log into their online course website one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. Online students should expect to spend 6 to 10 hours per week engaged in course-related activities for each course. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page .

Completing a Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate certificate courses must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.000 grade point average and no more than one course with a grade below B. Once all courses for a graduate certificate have been completed, students must complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form. Students must submit their clearance form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.

Summer 2024 Tuition

Cost Per Credit Cost Per 3-Credit Course*


Online and Virtual $600 $1,800
Online Business1 $655 $1,965
Online Education2 $470 $1,410
Online 7000-Level Education $655 $1,965
Select Online Nursing M.S. courses3 $750 $2,250
Select On Campus courses4 $600 $1,800
All other On Campus courses5 View Here
*Tuition is priced on the listed credit hour unless the contact hour is different. Tuition is then based upon the listed contact hour.
1Applies to ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST and POMS courses.
2Applies to EDUC courses excluding 7000-level courses.
3Applies to NURS.6510, NURS.6511, NURS.6512 and NURS.6513 courses.
5Applies to graduate on campus courses excluding select courses

Additional Costs

Term Registration Fee $30
Returned Check Fee $30
Graduate Engineering and Business Degrees and Certificate Applications $75

Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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  • An application fee*
  • An official transcript indicating a completed bachelor's degree. If your bachelor's degree is from outside the United States, you may be required to take the TOEFL examination.
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs

F1 student visas are not issued for this program. Applications can be completed and submitted at any time during the year. Your application will be processed as soon as all admission materials have been received. You may apply to more than one certificate program but can only take 12 credits maximum before enrolling in an advanced degree. Learn more about specific application requirements for your program of interest.

*There is a $75 application fee to apply to this graduate program.

Count Your Graduate Certificate Toward a Master's Degree

Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree.

Graduate Program Admissions Requirements

Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before formally applying to the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.

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