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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 36 hours of coursework.

The UT Arlington Fort Worth Center offers more flexible options for those pursing this masters.  For more information, check here.

Core Classes
  • IE 5351 – Intro to Systems Engineering
  • IE 5352 – Systems Engineering I
  • IE 5353 – Systems Engineering II
  • IE 5354 – Systems Engineering III
Prescribed Electives List A (pick at least 1 of 5)
  • IE 5301 – Advanced Operations Research
  • IE 5318 – Applied Regression Analysis
  • IE 5322 – Simulation and Optimization
  • IE 5320 – Enterprise Engineering Methods
  • IE 6301 – Enterprise Architectures and Frameworks
Prescribed Electives List B (pick at least 1 of 5)
  • 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
Additional Prescribed Electives

Three courses (9 hours) chosen from Prescribed Electives List A and/or B or other courses approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Free Electives

Up to 3 courses (9 hours) in engineering, science, or mathematics with the approval of the graduate advisor. These free electives provide the student with an opportunity to pursue specific technical interests.

Admissions Criteria
MS Program in Systems Engineering

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission into the M.S. Systems Engineering program is granted if all of the following conditions are met:

  • A GPA of at least 3.0 in last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or prior graduate work
  • A minimum score of 148 on the GRE Quantitative and 146 on the GRE Verbal (600 and 400, respectively, on the old scale)
  • A minimum score of 500 on the handwritten TOEFL (213 on the computer-based version or 79 on the TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS) if English is not the applicant's native language.
  • Adequate preparation in Math, Science, Engineering, or other appropriate field (see graduate advisor)
  • A minimum of two years of industry experience
Probationary Admission

Prospective students who do not meet the conditions for unconditional admission are granted probationary admission if their GPA is 2.6 or greater. Students granted probationary admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 for the first two semesters completed at UTA. Unconditional admission may then be granted. Other conditions, such as deficiency courses, may be specified by the Graduate Advisor.

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 sufficient information is not available.


Prospective students with a GPA below 2.6 may be denied admission at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor. The Graduate Advisor may grant probationary admission if other factors suggest a potential for success in the graduate program. Denial will not be based solely or primarily on GRE performance. In cases where test performance is relatively poor, all other qualifications presented by the applicant will be carefully evaluated for evidence of potential for success in the program.

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