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
Engineering Analysis I SYSEN 510 The course includes applications of advanced engineering mathematics; the study of systems is described by ordinary/partial differential equations and methods of solutions. 3 credits
Term 1
Creativity and Problem Solving I SYSEN 550 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
Probability Models and Simulation SYSEN 531 Provides background in modeling problems containing random components that must be accounted for in a reasonable solution. 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
Deterministic Models and Simulation SYSEN 533 Provides a background in simulation and the modeling of problems that contain differential equations as part of the system. 3 credits
Term 2
Year 2, Semester 1
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Systems Optimization SYSEN 530 Theory/practice of linear programming will be developed including determination of optimum mix of products, levels of staffing, blending, network analysis, multi-period planning. 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 2
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
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 3
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Software Systems Architecture SWENG 587 Software systems architecture; architectural design principles/patterns; documentation/evaluation of software architectures; reuse of architectural assets through frameworks/software product lines. 3 credits
Term 1
Master's Paper Research SYSEN 594A Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis. 3 credits
Term 2

 

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