Master of Science in the Field of Systems Engineering
Online or on campus
The master of science in systems engineering program provides broad knowledge of the systems approach for designing and managing large-scale engineering systems throughout the lifecycle, with faculty and students exploring case studies and methodologies from NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and domestic corporations. Students can pursue the degree by selecting electives in one of two areas of focus: operations research and management science or systems engineering.
Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.
For additional on campus program information, visit on campus program website.
For additional online program information, visit the online program website.
In addition to the entrance requirements, students are expected to be adequately prepared in calculus and probability/statistics concepts. The MS program requires students to have completed MATH 1231 and MATH 1232 (Calculus 1 and Calculus II), and APSC 3115 (Engineering Analysis III). Students who do not meet the MATH 1231 and MATH 1232 prerequisites will be required to take these courses, or their equivalents, in addition to the MS degree requirements. Students who do not meet the APSC 3115 prerequisite will be required to take EMSE 6115, which can be credited towards the MS degree requirements.
In consultation with an academic advisor, each student must develop an Educational Planner through DegreeMAP that governs the student’s degree requirements. The Educational Planner should be established soon after matriculation and must be completed before the end of the student’s first semester. The Educational Planner must be approved by the advisor.
Non-thesis option—36 credits in coursework. Three types of course requirements are included in the curriculum: common course requirements, focus course requirements, and approved electives. Common course requirements are taken by all students in the MS program in systems engineering. Focus course requirements are taken by all students within the area of focus. Elective courses require the approval of the student's academic advisor.
Thesis option—36 credits, including the thesis. To register in the thesis option, students must submit their advisor-approved plan of study and thesis area to the department chair. In addition to the course requirements, students take the thesis course sequence, EMSE 6998 and EMSE 6999, ideally in the final two semesters of the program. Thesis credits may be used in lieu of electives. Hence, the program of study requires a minimum of 36 credits. While registered in the thesis course sequence, students work with the faculty member under whom the thesis is to be written. Students may consult with their advisors, but they have primary responsibility for their own thesis. Students defend their theses orally before a committee of SEAS faculty members.
|EMSE 6001||The Management of Technical Organizations|
|EMSE 6020||Decision Making with Uncertainty|
|EMSE 6410||Engineering Economic Analysis|
|EMSE 6801||Systems Engineering I|
Operations Research and Management Science
|EMSE 6701||Operations Research Methods|
|EMSE 6710||Applied Optimization Modeling|
|EMSE 6760||Discrete Systems Simulation|
|EMSE 6765||Data Analysis for Engineers and Scientists|
|EMSE 6770||Techniques of Risk Analysis and Management|
|Three of the following:|
|EMSE 6705||Mathematics in Operations Research|
|EMSE 6715||Theory of Games|
|EMSE 6730||Integer and Network Programming|
|EMSE 6740||Systems Thinking and Policy Modeling I|
|EMSE 6750||Stochastic Foundations of Operations Research|
|EMSE 6755||Quality Control and Acceptance Sampling|
|EMSE 6992||Special Topics|
|EMSE 6805||Systems Engineering II|
|EMSE 6810||Systems Analysis and Management|
|EMSE 6820||Program and Project Management|
|EMSE 6850||Quantitative Models in Systems Engineering|
|Two of the following:|
|EMSE 6540||Management of Information and Systems Security|
|EMSE 6580||Information and Software Engineering|
|EMSE 6815||Requirements Engineering|
|EMSE 6992||Special Topics (in consultation with advisor)|
|Plus two courses (6 credits) selected in consultation with the advisor|
Graduation and Scholarship Requirements
Students are responsible for knowing the university’s minimum GPA requirement for graduation and scholarships. Please visit the Graduation and Scholarship Requirements section on this site to read the requirements.
Students should contact the department for additional information and requirements.
Normally, only 6000 level courses (or higher) may be counted toward the requirements for the graduate degree.