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Master Of Engineering - Systems Engineering

Systems engineering can be described as an interdisciplinary approach to support the realization, deployment, and maintenance of successful system solutions to complex problems.

With a mission to provide in-depth, real-world practitioner expertise in engineering complex system solutions, the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering offers a Master of Engineering - Systems Engineering (ME) degree program.

The ME degree program is designed to provide students with a rigorous educational experience and skill development to effectively address complex system problems for government and commercial clients. Students engage in a progressive program to: (1) introduce the fundamentals of systems engineering, (2) understand the modeling, analysis, and management of complex systems, and (3) explore the unique contribution and approach of system of systems engineering to address complex systems problems. Mastery of these competencies prepares students to assume leadership roles in careers related to the successful design, analysis, deployment, and transformation of complex systems.


The ME in Systems Engineering is focused on development of skill sets in the following areas:

  • Systems Engineering Fundamentals
    Students acquire skills in the essential foundations of systems engineering. Extensive development of concepts, methodologies, and processes for systems engineering is emphasized.
  • Complex Systems Analysis
    Students become skilled in the concepts, methodologies, and principles related to effectiveness in modeling and analysis of complex systems problems. Emphasis is placed on holistic understanding of system problem domains to reduce the probability of systemic failure.
  • Systems Architecture and Modeling
    Students learn the essential aspects of the systems architecture paradigm through development and analysis of multiple architecture frameworks and enterprise engineering. Emphasis is placed on systems modeling and enterprise engineering.
  • Systems Engineering Management
    Students develop a comprehensive set of techniques and methods to design, maintain, and evolve the systems engineering function in support of strategic enterprise objectives and operations.
  • System Of Systems Engineering
    Students are exposed to the state of the art research and development in the design, analysis, and transformation of complex systems that must function as an integrated unit. 


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program in engineering or engineering technology, or from a fully accredited program in applied sciences. All students must have mathematics coursework through the level of integral calculus, matrix algebra, differential equations, and calculus-based probability and statistics.

An undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 in both major and overall is required. Students with a GPA below 3.00 must submit their GRE scores as part of their application. Students with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.00 may be admitted provisionally based upon their work experience, academic preparation and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required for all international students when English is not their first language.

Course Requirements:

*CORE COURSES (18 hours)*

ENMA 602 Systems Engineering Management
ENMA 640 Introduction to Systems Engineering
ENMA 641 Requirements Management, Verification, & Validation
ENMA 660 System Architectures & Modeling
ENMA 715 Systems Analysis
ENMA 771 Risk & Vulnerability Management of Complex Interdependent Systems

*ELECTIVES (12 hours, choose 4)*

ENMA 702 Methods for Rational Decision Making
ENMA 703 Optimization Methods
ENMA 710 Modeling and Analysis of Systems
ENMA 712 Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis & Decision Support Systems
ENMA 716 Complex Adaptive Situations Environments
ENMA 717 Parametric Cost Estimating
ENMA 723 Enterprise System Dynamics
ENMA 750 System of Systems Engineering
ENMA 751 Complexity, Engineering and Management
ENMA 763 Robust Design

*CAPSTONE (1 hour)*

ENMA 605 or ENMA 688 (1 hour SE Certification Preparation)