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Master of Science in Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering program is designed to provide students with both the fundamental and applied management and technical knowledge to support the development of complex systems. Systems Engineering is that branch of engineering that develops systems, where a system is a collection of elements that work together as a unit.

Systems Engineering considers the total systems life-cycle from customer requirements and concept through design and development, system use, system maintenance, and system disposal. A Systems Engineering curriculum must encourage a broad view rather than a focus on individual system elements or phases of development. This broad view, a systems view, enables better system performance and reduces the likelihood of unintended consequences.

Students may obtain a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and then pursue a PhD in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Systems Engineering.

The M.S. degree in Systems Engineering requires 30 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program of study includes:

Core Courses – Students should take the cores courses as soon as possible
  • IE 5351         Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • IE 5352         Systems Requirements Engineering and Verification
  • IE 5353         Systems Architecting and Design
  • IE 5354         Management of Complex Systems
  • IE 5317         Introduction to Statistics


Elective List A Courses – Students must select a minimum of 1 course
  • IE 5301         Introduction to Operations Research
  • IE 5318         Applied Regression Analysis
  • IE 5322         Simulation and Optimization
  • IE 5320         Enterprise Engineering Methods
  • IE 5321         Enterprise Analysis & Design


Elective List B Courses – Students must select a minimum of 1 course
  • IE 6305         Engineering Management I
  • IE 6306         Engineering Management II
  • OPMA 5364  Project Management
  • IE 5304         Advanced Engineering Economy
  • IE 5345         Management of Knowledge and Technology


Elective Courses – Students must select elective courses to reach a total of 30 credit hours.  One elective course must be from elective list A or B above.  With advisor approval students may select a maximum of 2 graduate engineering, science, or business courses outside of industrial engineering.

Admissions Criteria
MS Program in Systems Engineering

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional Admission into the M. S. programs is granted if all of the following conditions are met.

  • A GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 in all prior graduate work.
  • A minimum score of 155 on the GRE Quantitative section and 146 on the GRE Verbal section.
  • A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or equivalent, if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Adequate preparation in mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Preference is gives to students with appropriate work experience.

For applicants with no prior training in engineering, the same minimum admission criteria will apply. In addition, their records will be reviewed in relation to the intended program of study, and specific remedial work may be required.

The acceptance of applicants who have already received a master's degree in engineering, other than industrial engineering, will be based on the above-mentioned minimum criteria and results of graduate work.

Performance on the GRE will not be the sole criterion for admitting applicants or denying admission to the master's program.  In cases where GRE performance does not meet the minimum requirements, all other qualifications presented by the applicant will be carefully evaluated for evidence of potential for success.

Probationary Admission

Prospective students not meeting the conditions for unconditional admission may be granted probationary admission if their qualifications indicate a potential for success. Deficiency coursework may be required. Satisfying all deficiency requirements and maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0 in each of their first two semesters of graduate work may clear probationary status.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required official documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whose available documentation otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.


The admission decision is deferred if the program is at capacity or sufficient information is not available to make an admission decision.


Prospective students who do not meet the admission criteria are denied admission. The Graduate Advisor may grant probationary admission if other factors suggest a potential for success in the graduate program.


In order to continue in the program toward graduation, each graduate student must:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA in all coursework taken as a graduate student and in their program, and
  • Demonstrate suitability for professional practice.


If questions are raised by graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in the Department. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."

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If you have specific questions about the MS Systems Engineering program, email your advisor, Dr. Liles.