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Academic Equivalency Program

The INCOSE Certification Program has recently begun to recognize academic programs as an alternative to the INCOSE knowledge exam as a way for individuals to prove their systems engineering knowledge. Universities interested in getting their programs recognized for future graduates should follow the steps listed and linked to this web page. Students in these programs will be able to bypass the knowledge exam on their path to becoming an Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

Administrative Requirements / Technical Requirements / Equivalency Mapping Template / Current Equivalency Programs

Administrative Requirements

  1. Organization is a paying member of the INCOSE Academic Council []
  2. INCOSE SE Handbook is required material in courses []
  3. Program has a current INCOSE CSEP or ESEP affiliated
  4. Students get high marks (definition varies by program) in all required courses
  5. Applies to students who start the required courses after the equivalency is granted to those courses

Technical Requirements

  1. University documents their verification methods for student success against the INCOSE knowledge exam learning objectives
  2. Submit the completed learning objectives spreadsheet [linked] to
  3. Submit additional supporting information as requested by the Certification Advisory Group
    1. May include course test questions, scoring rubrics, and course syllabi

Equivalency Mapping Template

Click here to download template. 

Current Equivalency Programs


Course Location(s) 

Effective Dates


CornellUniversity Online and in-person

Itacha, NY, USA

Fall 2018 - Present

Marcella Purcell 

Online and in-person

Canberra, ACT, Australia 
1 January 2019 - Present Sondoss El Sawah


University of Detroit Mercy


Detroit, MI, USA 

1 January 2019 - Present

Dr. Darrell Kleinke 



Online and in-person

Worcester, MA, USA

28 June 2019 - Present

Dr. Donald Gelosh 

Online and in-person

Rolla, MO, USA 
20 August 2018 - Present   Dr. Cihan Dagli