U-M KLA-Tencor Systems Engineering Certificate Program

  • KLA-Tencor Certificate in Systems Engineering

    Integrative Systems + Design's Partnership with KLA-Tencor

    Integrative Systems + Design's (ISD) systems engineering certificate program, part of the University of Michigan (U-M), has existed for nearly 10 years, providing KLA-Tencor engineers with technical leadership, depth in their own engineering discipline, breadth across engineering disciplines, knowledge of basic management issues, and the ability to influence and direct product development at a systems level.

    The certificate program is designed to introduce students to a broad array of systems engineering topics with a specific emphasis on KLA-Tencor's work in optics and computer science.

    In recent years, ISD has moved to the forefront of systems engineering education. We have identified a need nationally for training in systems thinking for engineers who are well-versed in a specific discipline (mechanical engineering, for example) but are preparing for more complex, diverse work with large-scale systems, often involving many team members and stakeholders.

    ISD's instructional team consists of faculty and professors of practice who incorporate the latest research, advanced concepts, and knowledge from real-world engineering practice into a multidisciplinary program that closes the gap between the fields of design and systems engineering.

    Program Objectives

    • Broaden the perspective of engineers by teaching a top-down interdisciplinary engineering approach for the development, design, and manufacturing of complex systems, and balancing the trade-offs required to successfully build these systems.
    • Strengthen the technical competence and depth of professionals by teaching advanced skills in their engineering disciplines, and by infilling courses in engineering outside of their primary engineering areas.


  • Course of Study

    To obtain the certificate, complete the required core course and at least 3 courses from elective courses below, with a grade of 3.0/4.0 or better.

    Required Course

    • ISD 520 -  Introduction to Systems Engineering (typically offered in fall, winter, spring/summer)

    Elective Options

    • ISD 599C - Development and Verification of System Design Requirements (typically offered in fall)
    • IOE 461 - Quality Engineering Principles and Analysis (typically offered in fall)
    • MECHENG 587 - Global Manufacturing (typically offered in fall)
    • ISD 599A - Software Systems Engineering- Tentative (typically offered in winter)
    • ISD 528 - Advanced Design for Manufacturability (typically offered in fall) 
    • ISD 599D - System Architecting, Concept Development and Embodiment Design (typicalled offered in winter) 
    • ISD 599E - Risk Analysis 1 (typically offered in winter) 
    • MECHENG 555 - Design Optimization (typically offered in winter) 
    • MFG 559B - Designing in Quality: A Design for Six Sigma (typically offered in winter) 

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  • Admissions Information


    • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or a related field
    • Completion of prerequisite courses (or equivalent) prior to enrolling in a course
    • The equivalent of two years of experience in the semiconductor industry (for degree only)
    • KLA-Tencor students must be enrolled through U-M as non-candidate-for-degree (NCFD) students. NCFD status can be changed in a subsequent semester, and allows qualified students to begin their studies before completing a degree application. 
    • KLA employees who are interested in the certificate and the degree program should apply for both. This will make transitioning to the degree program much smoother.
    • Students who want to apply these credits to a degree must apply to the Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design degree before enrolling in a 3rd course.  Not more than six-credits may be double-counted with a masters degree.

    NCFD Admissions Process + Timeline

    All KLA-Tencor certificate students apply as NCFD students. NCFD applications must be complete at least two weeks before the semester begins.

    Required components include:
    • Online application*
    • Application fee
    • Official transcripts (these should be requested as soon as possible so they arrive in time to be processed)

    Transcripts can be sent to:
    Graduate Professional Programs
    College of Engineering
    2214 SI-North
    1075 Beal Avenue
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112

    *Note: NCFD applicants do not need to include other application documents, such as letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, etc.

    Degree Application Process + Timeline 

    All KLA-Tencor degree seeking students must apply through the NCFD process as well as through the degree application process.

    Required components include:

    Online application

    Application fee 

    Academic Statement of Purpose

    Personal Statement

    Resume/Curriculum Vitae 

    Offical Transcripts (these should be requested as soon as possible so they arrive in time to be processed)

    Letters of Recommenation

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 

    English Proficiency Test for International Applicants 

    For more information on the NCFD admissions process and admission into a formal degree-seeking program, please go here.

    Certificate Time Limit

    A minimum set of courses must be completed within five years of the start date to be eligible for the certificate. Credits may be applied toward a graduate degree for five years after earning the credits.