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Master of Engineering in
Systems Engineering


The systems engineering program is an interdisciplinary degree and involves the identification, modeling, analysis, architecture, integration, and management of complex systems and processes.

Systems engineering applies to many types of systems — large systems such as power plants, small systems such as circuit components, or computer hardware and software systems.

Become a Systems Engineering Leader

The primary goal of the systems engineering program is to prepare systems engineers to develop the next generation of engineering products, systems, and services for industry and government.

You will learn to use and implement key systems engineering concepts in order to help increase your effectiveness in your current job and open opportunities to advance your career.

The course of study offers experience in:

  • system analysis and modeling
  • project and program management
  • quality improvement initiatives
  • creativity and problem solving

Build Your Professional Network

Your fellow students in the systems engineering program will have undergraduate degrees in engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, and information technology. Most of the students will be professional engineers and come from the various disciplines of the field.

The online courses are highly interactive and collaborative, allowing you to build strong ties with others and gain perspectives from other disciplines and industries.

Complete Your Systems Engineering Master's Degree in 2 Years

The degree consists of 12 courses, which you will complete in continuous seven-week terms over two years. Your course work is designed so that you can continue to work full-time while earning your master’s degree.

Maximum flexibility is maintained by the program in an effort to meet both the professional needs of individual students and academic quality standards.

Course List - Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering

The online systems engineering program spans six continuous semesters with each semester containing two seven-week terms. The program is completed in 2 years by taking courses fall, spring, and summer semesters.

An example of the sequence of courses is below. The sequence in which you take your courses will vary depending on the cohort/class to which you are assigned. You will be notified of your cohort and sequence after acceptance to the program. The sequence in which you will complete the 12 required courses (36 credits) satisfies all the prerequisites for the degree program.

Year 1, Semester 1
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Systems Engineering SYSEN 520 Fundamentals of systems engineering with focus on System methodology, design, and management; includes life cycle analysis, human factors, maintainability, serviceability/reliability. 3 credits
Term 1
Creativity and Problem Solving I SYSEN 850 Foundations of individual problem solving including creativity, cognitive style and level, problem solving processes and techniques, the paradox of structure. 3 credits
Term 2
Year 1, Semester 2
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Technical Project Management SYSEN 505 Analysis and construction of project plans for the development of complex engineering products taken from a variety of problem domains. 3 credits
Term 1
Simulation in Systems Engineering: Discrete-Time Systems SYSEN 532

In this course we examine the use of discrete-time approaches to these integrated models and their application to systems engineering. The students also gain hands-on experience on additional topics such as simulation-based optimization by using a commercial simulation software package.

3 credits
Term 2
Year 1, Semester 3
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Systems Verification Validation and Testing SYSEN 522 The theory and practice of verification, validation and testing of engineering systems. 3 credits
Term 1
Systems Thinking SYSEN 507

The theory and practice of systems thinking. General systems theory; system dynamics; emergent properties; structure; feedback and leverage.

3 credits
Term 2
Year 2, Semester 4
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Simulation in Systems Engineering: Continuous-Time Systems SYSEN 534

This course addresses system dynamics modeling and simulation for the analysis of complex systems. Students are exposed to the techniques used to form models of supply-demand, mechanical, electrical, biological, and hybrid systems.

3 credits
Term 1
Decision and Risk Analysis in Engineering SYSEN 536 Analysis of engineering decisions under uncertainty; problem identification, formulation, judgment, resolution; mitigation, risk analysis, quantification, and management. 3 credits
Term 2
Year 2, Semester 5
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Invention and Creative Design SYSEN 555

This course focuses on the creative design process which leads to the development of new products, processes, and systems (i.e. invention).

3 credits
Term 1
Requirements Engineering SWENG 586 Theory and applications of requirements elicitation, analysis, modeling, validation, testing, and writing for hardware and software systems. 3 credits
Term 2
Year 2, Semester 6
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Systems Architecture and Models SYSEN 880

This course covers the fundamental concepts, techniques, and methods for creating and analyzing system architecture of complex systems.

3 credits
Term 1
Master's Paper Research SYSEN 594 Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis. 3 credits
Term 2

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