Systems Engineering (MS/PhD)


Program Description:
Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to managing complex systems and projects. Because systems engineering is central to many businesses and organizations, the demand for graduates is very high. Through this program, students take six core courses in theory and application of systems engineering and management. In addition, four courses can be taken in an area of specialization, allowing the student to design a program that best fits his/her career interest and goals. Areas of specialization include  big data analytics and management and security, computational intelligence, model based engineering,  modeling and simulation, complex adaptive systems, quality and reliability, risk modeling and assessment, statistics, structures, infrastructure systems, systems architecting and systems design optimization.

The Masters of Science in Systems Engineering can be pursued with or without a thesis. The non-thesis degree requires 30 credit hours; the thesis degree requires 36 credit hours and includes a research component. 

The PhD in Systems Engineering is individually structured by the student in consultation with and approval by the student's advisory committee. The PhD requires a dissertation. The total credit requirements for graduation are a minimum of 60 credit hours after the successful completion of MS degree in Systems Engineering, or a minimum of 90 credit hours after a BS degree. For more information, click here

Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s in engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or a physical science; Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0; GRE V ≥ 155, Q ≥ 148, and A > 4.0; International requirement: TOEFL ≥ 580/237/92. The PhD also requires an MS in Systems Engineering or related field with a 3.5 GPA and a minimum of three years of work experience.

Application Requirements:

  • DCE Application and $55 application fee
  • Transcripts (unofficial are sufficient for an admit decision, but S&T will require official transcripts from all universities attended before a student may register for a second semester.)
  • Statement of Purpose (brief: 2-3 paragraphs why you wish to apply for this program)
  • GRE scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation (on the online application you will submit 3 names and email address. They will automatically be notified to complete a recommendation form on your behalf.)

Delivery Format: Courses are delivered over the Internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

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