Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Master of Science in Systems Engineering

The online Master of Science in Systems Engineering examines the design, modeling, and analysis of advanced systems that consist of diverse components – from software and hardware to the skilled operators that employ them. Throughout your course of study, you’ll work with expert faculty to build on your practical abilities and gain a complete sense for building comprehensive solutions that maximize efficiency. The program, while technical in nature, also focuses on a number of other skills that can help you lead effective projects that meet requirements, stay on-budget, and remain reliable for years to come.

The online Master of Science in Systems Engineering program’s curriculum is highly customizable, allowing you to create an individual academic plan that suits your specific professional goals and interests. The program also presents the chance to complete a practical thesis or project alongside an advisor and faculty members.

As a student, you’ll develop your skills in:

  • Reliability testing
  • Statistics and Stochastic modeling
  • Quality control
  • Linear systems
  • Financial modeling
  • Project Management

…and several other areas as they suit your interests and professional goals.

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Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Systems Engineering program curriculum is extremely flexible and individualized, allowing you to choose which electives and academic experiences suit your future goals. Each course provides a thorough, in-depth, advanced education in systems engineering and development focused on preparation for the workforce. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to decide the format in which you’d like to complete your requirements, whether through a research project, faculty-guided thesis, or entirely through intensive, practical coursework.

To fulfill the requirements of the online Master of Science in Systems Engineering, you must complete the following:

Required Courses (9 units):

SIE 550 Linear Systems Theory (3 units)
SIE 554A Systems Engineering Processes (3 units)
SIE 520 Stochastic Modeling (3 units) OR SIE 530 Engineering Statistics (3 units)

Students then select from one of the following 3 options:

1. Project Option (30 units)
Either a 3- or 6-unit Project may be selected with approval of the faculty advisor. The project option requires a written report and an oral presentation. The report is prepared under the guidance of the major professor and is reviewed by members of the examining committee prior to the oral presentation. The 3-member examining committee consists of the major professor and at least two other members of the faculty selected on the basis of the student’s course work and field of interest. Students will either defend their master’s report on campus, or will have to arrange for a teleconference defense.

The remaining elective units (24) will be selected with the approval of an advisor and the Graduate Study Committee for a total of 30 units.

2. Thesis Option (30 units)
This option requires 24 units of regular course work, followed by 6 units of thesis research (SIE 910). This option is perfect if you’re looking to work directly with a faculty member to create an original thesis. Thesis work is an excellent complement to course work and constitutes a valuable opportunity to develop an appreciation for and understanding of advanced engineering research. You will only be permitted to select the thesis option with an outstanding academic record.

Your thesis will be prepared under the guidance of the major professor and reviewed by members of the examining committee prior to the oral presentation, which will take place on-campus or via teleconference. The examining committee will consist of the major professor and at least two other members of the faculty selected based on your chosen area of interest. Other members of the department may also choose to examine the thesis.

The remaining elective credits for a total of 30 units will be selected with the approval of an advisor and the Graduate Study Committee.

3. Coursework Option (33 units)
You can also choose to pursue an academic plan that solely involves coursework, creating a unique course of study to match your interests. At least 1 3-unit course must be completed at the 600 level with a grade of “B” or above. The remaining elective credits will be selected with the approval of an advisor and the Graduate Study Committee.

By the end of your second semester, you will be required to submit your full academic plan for consideration, mapping out your desired courses and completion structure. This process will be done with the help of a graduate advisor, who will review your plan and help prepare it for approval. Not all of our 600-level courses are offered online. Please check with the department and your faculty advisor before registering.

For course descriptions and other information, please visit our online course catalog (and search for SIE – Systems and Industrial Engineering).