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Combat Systems Engineering Certificate of Graduate Study

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The Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in Combat Systems Engineering program allows students to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge of complex systems with particular applications to combat systems and defense technologies.

The immediate region surrounding Rowan University is home to a large number of companies and agencies that serve the defense industry. Collectively, this industry hires more of the graduating Rowan Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students than any other industry. The representatives of this industry have expressed a desire to provide the additional knowledge and skill set (specifically as these relate to combat systems) that they would prefer their employees to have at the time of hiring. Completion of the Combat Systems Engineering COGS program will give students the necessary tools required by the defense industry in analysis, design, evaluation and validation of combat systems. Students who complete this program will be marketable and ready to be imminently employed at graduation by the defense industry companies, not just in our immediate geographic area, but nationwide as well. This program is jointly developed by Rowan ECE and the defense industry representatives. The Combat Systems Engineering COGS program courses are taught by highly qualified faculty, including subject matter experts from the defense industry who have significant industrial experience and hence bring unique industry perspective.

Ideal candidates for this program would include students with a B.S. degree in Electrical, Computer, Systems or a related engineering field, who would like to focus on combat systems engineering, for employment in the defense industry, but not necessarily interested in completing a separate, standalone Master of Science degree program. Also, current employees in the defense industry, possibly newly hired, who may need the additional knowledge and skill set in combat systems engineering.

The courses in this program are also available to students who would like to complete a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree or to students who would like to pair the COGS with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) through the Rohrer College of Business. Rohrer’s current MBA students can also add the COGS in the future or utilize the Combat and Systems Engineering courses toward their electives.

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The Combat Systems Engineering COGS is offered full-time or part-time in a face-to-face-format. It requires the completion of 12 graduate semester hours.

The following courses make up the Combat Systems Engineering Certificate of Graduate Study program.

  • 4 Courses / 12 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.

ECE 09523

Advanced Radar Systems


ECE 09524

Advanced War Gaming and C4ISR


ECE 09525

Advanced Command and Control


ECE 09526

Advanced Weapon Systems


Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Recommended minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Foundation Courses

    • Eligible applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate foundation courses at an accredited institution:

      • MATH 01230: Calculus III
      • ECE 09321: Systems and Control I (or similar/relevant work experience)
      • ECE 09341: Signals and Systems (or similar/relevant work experience)
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