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Systems Engineering Certificate

Advance Your Career in Engineering

Do you already have a master’s degree in an engineering field, but you don’t have the time to pursue an additional degree? Enhance and strengthen your engineering skills with a Systems Engineering Certificate from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. This four-course sequence which will broaden your engineering skills, increasing your ability to design, analyze, and implement complex systems. You will, working with your faculty advisor, select four systems engineering graduate courses that best meet your career plans. If you decide to continue graduate studies to pursue an MS in systems engineering, the courses you take in the certificate program will count towards the MS degree.

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Become an In-demand Engineer

This certificate from our College of Science and Engineering augments your ability to be an effective primary interface between management, customers, suppliers and specialty engineers in your company’s systems development process. Learn to deliver a particular perspective to the engineering process that serves to better systematize and complement other engineering activities.

Admission Requirements

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Degree Requirements

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Systems Engineering Certificate

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority Deadline - May 1
    Extended Deadline - June 1

  • Spring

    Deadline - October 1

  • Summer*

    Deadline - April 1

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL

Accreditations and Distinctions

UHCL is one of only 10 U.S. universities with computing programs accredited under three different curriculum guidelines of ABET. The College of Science and Engineering's undergraduate degree programs in Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate degree programs in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate program in Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The undergraduate programs in Occupational Safety and Health-Safety and Industrial Hygiene are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Commission (ANSAC) of ABET.

Systems Engineering Certificate Faculty

James Dabney
James Dabney

James B. Dabney

Program Chair and Professor of Systems Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3852
Office: D108

James B. Dabney Faculty Bio