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The Master of Science in System Engineering requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, and can be accomplished either through the Project Practicum degree plan or the Thesis degree plan.

Requirements for Admission

Students should consult the College of Engineering section in the Graduate Catalog for information on general admission requirements. Applicants are expected to have a Bachelor of Science in an engineering or computing field or related physical science or the equivalent.

Students apply through the Graduate School, submitting an application form and the following supporting materials:

  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores
  • Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if appropriate.
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation, including one from the company sponsoring the student (if appropriate).
  • Other evidence of relevant personal or professional experience.

Recommendations for admissions will be made on the basis of the following:

  • Grade point average on the upper-division or graduate work as appropriate.
  • Professional commitment and interest as demonstrated by the personal statement and other supporting materials as available.
  • Letters of recommendation.

Depending on selected areas of concentration, students might need to complete leveling coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level.  Leveling courses will not be counted towards either MSSE degree plan.

The MSSE is a minimum 30-semester-credit-hour (SCH) program, which can be accomplished either through the Project Practicum plan or the Thesis degree plan.

Required Coursework

Each student is expected to have core knowledge in key areas of Systems Engineering. All students are required to complete the following five core courses (15 SCH) with a B average or better and with no more than one C:

SE 5341Systems Engr Fundamentals3
SE 5342Systems Engr Management3
SE 5343Systems Requirements Analysis3
SE 5344Sys Intgrtn, Verfctn, & Valdtn3
SE 5345Sys Engr Project Practicum3
Total Hours15

MSSE Project Practicum Option

Required Core:
SE 5341Systems Engr Fundamentals (Required Core:)3
SE 5342Systems Engr Management3
SE 5343Systems Requirements Analysis3
SE 5344Sys Intgrtn, Verfctn, & Valdtn3
SE 5345Sys Engr Project Practicum3
Required Concentration Track:
9 Credit Hours of graduate courses from 1 engineering department
Free Electives:
6 Credit hours of graduate courses from the College of Engineering, Science, or Business Administration
30 Credit Hours minimum total

MSSE Thesis Option

Required Core:
SE 5341Systems Engr Fundamentals3
SE 5342Systems Engr Management3
SE 5343Systems Requirements Analysis3
SE 5344Sys Intgrtn, Verfctn, & Valdtn3
SE 5345Sys Engr Project Practicum3
Required Thesis Track:
SE 5398Thesis I3
SE 5399Thesis II3
Free Electives:
9 Credit hours of graduate courses from the Colleges of Engineering, Science, or Business Administration
30 Credit Hours minimum total
Note:

Some courses might require MSSE students to satisfy pre-requisite course work and/or seek departmental approvals before registration.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Systems Engineering Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
SE 5341Systems Engr Fundamentals3
SE 5342Systems Engr Management3
SE 5343Systems Requirements Analysis3
SE 5344Sys Intgrtn, Verfctn, & Valdtn3
SE 5345Sys Engr Project Practicum3
MS in Systems Engineering Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Select an Area of Concentration9
Graduate Coursework:
Select six hours of graduate coursework from the College of Engineering, Science or Business6
Total Hours30

Area of Concentration 

Systems of Engineering

SE 5346Systems Architecture & Design3
or EE 4364 Systems and Controls
SE 5347Systems Engr Processes3
or IE 5377 Adv Ergonomics/Process Design
SE 5348Systems Modeling & Simulation3
or EE 5390 Special Topics Electrical Engr
Total Hours9

Electrical Engineering 

EE 4364Systems and Controls3
EE 5302Linear Systems Analysis3
Select one of the following:3
Data Communications
Adv Fiber Optic Communications
Special Topics Electrical Engr
Total Hours9

Computer Science 

CS 5317Human-Computer Interaction3
or CS 5382 Model-Based Software Devlpmnt
CS 5380Software Engineering3
or CS 5390 Special Topic Computer Science
Select one of the following:3
Computer Security
Topics in Software Engineering
Topics in Software Assurance
Total Hours9

Industrial Engineering 

IE 5330Industrial Statistics3
IE 5332Adv Concepts in Safety Eng3
or IE 5385 Advanced Quality Control
IE 5357Computer Simulation Appli3
or IE 5387 Quality Engineering
Total Hours9

Manufacturing Engineering 

MFG 5311Design for Manufacturability3
MFG 5321Modeling/Analysis-Mfg Process3
or MFG 5359 Computer-Aided Manufacturing
MFG 5312Strategic Design-Mfg Processes3
or MFG 5350 Reliability & Maintainability
Total Hours9

Thesis Option 

SE 5398Thesis I3
SE 5399Thesis II3
Select three hours of graduate coursework from the Colleges of Engineering, Science or Business Administration3
Total Hours9