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UMGC Students Can Now Skip Systems Engineering Certification Exam

Partnership with the International Council on Systems Engineering Allows UMGC Students to Bypass the Certification Knowledge Exam After Passing Overview Course

Alex Kasten
By Alex Kasten
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Adelphi, Md. (June 21, 2023)–University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has finalized a partnership with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the global professional organization for people working in the systems engineering field.

Under the terms of the partnership, INCOSE will allow UMGC students to bypass the certification knowledge exam when applying for its Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) credentials. 

Specifically, after passing the university’s INCOSE-approved Systems Engineering Overview course, UMGC students may apply for and receive ASEP or CSEP certification, bypassing the certification exam that INCOSE normally requires. The assessments that students complete during their coursework have been recognized by the INCOSE Certification Program’s volunteer reviewers as an equivalent alternative to the standardized test developed by INCOSE.

The first group of UMGC students is currently going through the INCOSE certification process.

“UMGC serves adult learners, many of whom work in systems engineering as federal government contractors. The INCOSE ASEP and CSEP certifications will help them enhance their careers and boost their marketability in a competitive field,” said Dr. Barry Douglass, program director of the Master of Science in Information Technology Systems Engineering Specialization at UMGC.

“Universities adopting academic equivalency show commitment to offer their students from diverse engineering programs a systems-engineering education aligned with the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook,” said Courtney Wright, INCOSE certification program manager. “The program at University of Maryland Global Campus will bring the most current best practices of systems engineering to its students and introduce those students to continued professional development through INCOSE.”

As part of the partnership, UMGC has also joined the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board.   

About University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Maryland Global Campus was founded more than 75 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and military servicemembers. Today, UMGC is the largest provider of postsecondary education in Maryland and continues its global tradition with online and hybrid courses, more than 175 classroom and service locations worldwide, and more than 125 degrees and certificates backed by the reputation of a state university and the University System of Maryland. For more information, visit


About the International Council on Systems Engineering

The International Council on Systems Engineering (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 more than 65 chapters and over 21,000 members and associates worldwide. For additional information about INCOSE visit