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Stevens SSE Faculty Lead Efforts to Release Newest Version of the Worldwide Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering “GRCSE 0.5”

The Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE™) is the first ever worldwide release of an "official" reference curriculum for a systems-centric master’s level program in systems engineering. GRCSE provides a standardized set of recommendations for graduate level systems engineering programs, together with implementation guidance for a university to satisfy those recommendations. The newest version of GRCSE™ is available at for comment.

“GRCSE project is ready for review and early adoption,” said Dr. Art Pyster of Stevens Institute of Technology, principal investigator on the GRCSE™ project. “GRCSE was motivated by the huge diversity in systems engineering graduate programs and the need to create a common core of systems engineering content in worldwide graduate programs.”

The Naval Post Graduate School, co-leads the project with the strong support of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), which provided financial support through the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) consisting of 20 schools and led by Stevens. This truly was a community effort. More than 50 volunteer authors from around the world helped write GRCSE.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the (IEEE) Computer Society, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Division, and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) all support and contribute to its writing. Stevens’ Dr. Alice Squires and Nicole Hutchison also both contribute significantly as GRCSE authors and editors. 

According to Dean Dinesh Verma of the Stevens School of Systems & Enterprises, “GRCSE is a milestone within the systems engineering discipline and a reflection of its increasing maturity and standing within academia. It will have enduring impact on the discipline in the coming years and is a reflection of the leadership role that Stevens is playing within the systems engineering academic domain.”

GRCSE is a part of the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE™) project. BKCASE is also developing the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). SEBoK v0.5 was released in October 2011 and led by Stevens and the Naval Postgraduate School, working together through the SERC.

GRCSE v0.25 was released in December 2010 to selected members of the systems engineering community with the invitation to review and provide the necessary feedback to develop subsequent versions. This feedback was received and forms the basis of the current version, v0.5. Version 1.0 is scheduled for release in late 2012. To access GRCSE 0.5 and to provide review comments, visit

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Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at and

About SERC

The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a US Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), consists of a network of 20 prominent research institutions and over 200 researchers from across the nation focused on enhancing the nation’s knowledge and capability in the area of systems engineering thinking to address critical global issues. Through its collaborative research concept, the SERC embodies the potential to radically improve the application of systems engineering to the successful development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex systems, services and enterprises. Since the SERC’s founding in September 2008, nearly 40 sponsored systems engineering research projects have been completed or are underway. The SERC is managed by Stevens Institute of Technology located in Hoboken, N.J.