INCOSE Recognizes Georgia Tech Master’s Programs for Academic Equivalency

Jun 11, 2024, 12:36 PM by Janeen Schuh

June 2024 

Georgia Tech graduates with a Professional Master’s Degree in Applied Systems Engineering can bypass the knowledge exam for INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certifications. 

INCOSE has recognized the courses students complete when pursuing the Professional Master’s Degree in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE) at Georgia Institute of Technology as having Academic Equivalency (AcEq) of the INCOSE knowledge exam. Students who do well in university courses assessed to have AcEq can bypass the certification knowledge exam when applying for Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) and Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification. The assessments they complete through their coursework have been recognized by the INCOSE Certification Program’s volunteer reviewers as an equivalent alternative to the standardized test developed by INCOSE.  

This recognition reflects Georgia Tech’s #5 ranking for U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Engineering Schools. Its H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering program has been consistently ranked #1 at the graduate and undergraduate levels for over 20 years. The PMASE program encompasses this level of prestige. The two-year applied systems engineering program allows professional students to gain the knowledge and experience to advance in their careers. PMASE uses a cohort model that blends face-to-face instruction with 24/7 online learning.  

Gary O'Neill, the PMASE program's capstone instructor, credits the cohort model with enabling greater learning and providing an opportunity to build strong teams. “PMASE provides a high level of 'touch time' when compared to other online courses,” O’Neill said. “Our instructors are highly experienced in the details of their courses. In fact, they wrote the courses.”  

Engineers with INCOSE certification have proven their understanding of systems engineering concepts, as the certification is based on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook (a primary reference book for systems engineering practitioners). Through coursework, teamwork, and capstone projects, students see beyond complex problems to opportunities and solutions—as graduates, they are well-positioned to elevate the future of the systems engineering industry. 

Director of the PMASE program, Dimitri Mavris, Ph.D., acknowledges the benefit the INCOSE certification affords students. “INCOSE is the quality standard for systems engineering, and its certification is a critical step in becoming a subject matter expert in the field,” Mavris said. “The PMASE program provides an excellent framework for our students to develop the systems engineering knowledge and skills needed to achieve the INCOSE certification. This certification will give them recognition as qualified systems engineers and the basis on which to build their expertise throughout their careers.” 

About the Georgia Institute of Technology Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering 

The Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE) is a comprehensive systems engineering program at Georgia Institute of Technology designed to give practicing engineers the mathematical, scientific, and engineering foundation to develop, deploy, and evaluate various modeling and analysis strategies. PMASE students explore these skills by engaging in real-world projects and practical examples while engaging with faculty who are practitioners in the field. The PMASE program is a collaborative effort led by Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. It is delivered via Georgia Tech Professional Education, the Institute’s continuing and professional education unit. Learn more at 

About the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 

INCOSE is a not-for-profit membership organization that promotes international collaboration in systems engineering practice, education, and research. INCOSE’s mission is to “address complex societal and technical challenges by enabling, promoting, and advancing systems engineering and systems approaches.” Founded in 1990, INCOSE has over 23,000 members and associates in over 70 countries worldwide. For additional information about INCOSE, visit  

About the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification: Certification is a formal process whereby a community of knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled representatives of an organization, such as INCOSE, confirms an individual's competency (demonstrated knowledge, education, and experience) in a specified profession. Certification differs from licensing in that licenses are permissions granted by a government entity for a person to practice within its regulatory boundaries. Certification also differs from a "certificate" that documents the successful completion of a training or education program.  

Members of INCOSE’s Academic Council are eligible to offer Academic Equivalency upon recognition by the INCOSE Certification Program. Candidates who apply through AcEq must still meet all other INCOSE certification requirements, including individual membership and payment of application fees.  

Any university wishing to participate in this program must be a member of the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) or the local INCOSE chapter equivalent. There are no additional fees associated with securing academic equity for CAB members. Universities that are members of local chapter affiliates have a low-cost path to participate in the Academic Equivalency program. 

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