Combat Systems Engineering Certificate of Graduate Study

Combat Systems Engineering Certificate of Graduate Study

Combat Systems Engineering Certificate of Graduate Study

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 additional knowledge and skills set (specifically as they relate to combat systems) that they would prefer their employees to have at the time 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 B.S. degree in Electrical, Computer, Systems or related engineering fields, who would like to focus on the 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 skills 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.



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
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
ECE 09523 Advanced Radar Systems 3
ECE 09524 Advanced War Gaming and C4ISR 3
ECE 09525 Advanced Command and Control 3
ECE 09526 Advanced Weapon Systems 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action 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 indicating any missing items.

  • $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)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Combat Systems Engineering Certificate of Graduate Study program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1