Systems Engineering

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Systems Engineering program is designed to help professionals in IT, analytics, and other technologies supervise technical development and implementation processes from start to finish while maintaining high performance well into the future. The program provides students with a thorough understanding of technical skills like axiomatic design and system analysis while also offering in-depth insight into project management and leadership techniques.

A Master of Science degree in SE provides skills that are applicable to a variety of careers in the technology sector. A systems engineer may design subsystems and integrate them to form and test systems, simulate designs and assess them for quality conformity, and many other tasks. As a student, you’ll explore a large variety of systems, learning the ways in which they interact and how you can coordinate projects at the highest level.

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Program Learning Objectives

The objectives of the master’s program in systems engineering are to ensure that graduates:

  • Apply systems engineering technical skills like axiomatic design and systems analysis to observe how systems interact, to design and integrate subsystems, and to assess systems for quality.
  • Coordinate critical organizational functions—organizational management and behavior, operations, project management, marketing, cost and quality control, finance, staff, technical requirements, engineering contract management—and supervise technical development while maintaining high performance.
  • Prepare to take the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) exam offered by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) to further establish professional credentials.

Program Format

We offer five sessions per year, with students taking one to four courses per semester. Courses meet one night per week, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm Eastern Time.


Students in the online master’s programs typically take 1 course per ten-week session. Students may choose to double up and take up to 2 courses in any of the standard ten-week sessions.

  • Spring-1: January-March
  • Spring-2: March-May
  • Fall-1: August-October
  • Fall-2: October-December

there is also an optional five week accelerated Summer session from June-July

Course order is determined by advisors based on what is available each session and previous course completions. Deviation from the course recommendations is generally not permitted; requests for an exception must be received prior to the registration date for that session.

Registration is processed by the SEAS-OOCP office directly; details are provided to students via email approximately one month prior to the start of classes each session, and books are mailed to the address on file.

Students who register late or change schedules after the registration date are responsible for purchasing the required book at their own cost.


For more information about program tuition and financial aid for the M.S. in Systems Engineering, please click here.

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