Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Effective February 19, 2012, this program is no longer available for future enrollments

(Program delivered via Virtual Campus)

In the design of today’s complex products and systems, too much is at stake not to approach product and system development in a systematic manner. Commercial and government contractor companies simply cannot afford design processes that do not provide for detailed analysis of the requirements, requirements traceability, detailed documentation, modern design synthesis techniques and a thorough validation that the design meets specifications. In addition, designers and managers must observe accepted quality assurance standards and employ appropriate project management techniques to ensure that budget, schedule and quality requirements are met. All of these skills may eventually be obtained by years of experience on the job, but today’s companies cannot afford to wait! The answer is systems engineering education. The Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) program for the Online platform has been designed to meet industry needs for systems engineering skills.


  • Plan, manage and participate in the complete SE life-cycle process and sub-processes from commercial industry and government contractor perspectives
  • Select and apply modern SE tools, including operations research, system modeling/simulation/test methods, synthesis techniques, process control and system
  • Define the role and scope of SE and its interface with the related areas of project management, operations, logistics, performance, test, manufacturing, training and support, reliability/maintainability, quality assurance and disposal
  • Select and apply appropriate industry/government standards, models, metrics and documentation standards incorporated in SE practice
  • Apply oral and written communications skills essential to the SE process

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

CS644Computer Systems Architecture


CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations


MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making


PM610Project Planning, Execution and Closure


PM620Schedule and Cost Control Techniques


SCM620Impact on Design & Production


SE600Systems Engineering I


SE610Systems Engineering II


SE612Quantitative Analysis for Systems


SE620System Dynamics, Modeling, and Simulation


SE630Systems Acquisition Processes and Standards


SE690Systems Engineering Capstone


Total Credit Hours: 48

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree program is designed to provide technical depth in engineering topics that require a solid foundation in advanced mathematics (including calculus, differential equations, Laplace transforms, probability, and linear algebra), engineering and physics. Therefore, students must possess a specific bachelor's degree in order to gain entrance into the MSSE program.

Admission to this program requires a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the following:

  • Engineering (any discipline)
  • Mathematics*
  • Computer Science*
  • Physics*
  • Chemistry*

*Transcripts must denote completion of a Calculus II course


  • Virtual Campus