Candidates who have the minimum five years of SE experience (for CSEP, or 25 years for ESEP) but who lack a qualifying degree may submit an additional five years of engineering experience with a non-qualifying degree, or an additional ten years of engineering experience in lieu of no degree. (The additional years of engineering experience may, but are not required to, be in systems engineering.)
A qualifying bachelor's degree or equivalent in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification Program is the recognition granted by an accredited college, university, or similar institution of higher learning, of successful completion of a minimum four-year course of study of engineering and/or scientific principles and practices applicable to engineering a system. Examples of acceptable engineering fields of study are aeronautics, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, nuclear, software, and systems. A qualifying degree must include two courses in calculus and two courses in a physical science with one of the science courses having an associated laboratory. Examples of acceptable scientific fields of study are computer science, mathematics, and physics. The Certification Program Office will consider other degrees for acceptability on an individual case basis. The Certification Program Office may request that a candidate submit a copy of his or her transcript of the degree curriculum to assist in determining degree acceptability.