Master of Science

Since it was developed in 1999 from a proposal to the Boeing Company to provide off-campus systems engineering graduate education to Boeing engineers and their suppliers worldwide, our program has grown exponentially, educating professionals from over 20 companies around the world.

When you apply for the program, you can elect a thesis or non-thesis track:

Thesis option

In addition to six core courses, this track requires six hours of Sys Eng 5099-Graduate Research and four approved specialization track courses. As a thesis student, you cannot register for Eng Mgt 5099 until your Form I is on file. You must submit your typed Form I to the graduate office by the beginning of the semester of your 15th credit hour.

Non-thesis option

This track requires completion of four approved specialization track courses, in addition to six core courses.

Master's Degree Forms and Deadlines (click here)


 Core courses

The following core courses are required of any student in the masters program:

  • SysEng 5101 Systems Engineering and Analysis 
  • SysEng 6102 Information Based Design 
  • SysEng 6104 Systems Architecting
  • SysEng 6103 Systems Life Cycle Costing 
  • SysEng 6542 Model Based Systems Engineering 
  • SysEng 6196 Systems Engineering Capstone

Specialization track areas

Specialization tracks and courses provide you with the ability to address your specific education needs in the context of the overall systems engineering program. One of the following graduate certificates may be substituted for a specialization track with the permission of the program director:

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in engineering or a physical science
  • Completion of undergraduate courses in calculus I, II and III; differential equations; statistics; physics or chemistry; and engineering economy
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A minimum GRE score of 155 verbal and 148 math (students successfully completing one of the department's graduate certificates with a grade of B or better in all the certificate courses can be admitted without the GRE)
  • Three reference letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A TOEFL score of 580/237/92 (for international applicants only)