Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering

“Smart” buildings and highways. Environmental monitoring. Sensor networks. Hybrid systems. The MSE Program in Systems Engineering (SE), grounded in the intersection of electrical and systems engineering, is best positioned to give students the in-depth theoretical foundation and interdisciplinary skills required by the growing complexity of technological systems. Our flexible curriculum allows you to tailor your studies to your personal interests and goals, from signal processing, optimization, simulation, control and cybernetics to complex adaptive systems, stochastic processes and decision sciences. Those interested in applying for the M.S.E. in Systems Engineering program should visit the Graduate Admissions page.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 10 course units as outlined in the M.S.E. in Systems Engineering Course Planning Guide (CPG).  Students may choose from one of two Course Planning Guides:

The Department provides a page detailing how to access course information here. For the most up-to-date course offerings, please visit the University Registrar site.

Please note, all program students must obtain a minimum of a 2.7 GPA in order to graduate with their M.S.E. degree.

Program Duration

Full-time master’s students can complete their degree between one to two years.  If students take four courses in both the fall and spring semesters and take two summer courses, they may be able to finish their degree in one calendar year.  Students may also opt to take three courses for two terms and four courses for one term to graduate in 1.5 years or to take three courses per term and one course in their final term to graduate in two years.

Please note: in compliance with federal immigration regulations, international students are not eligible to be registered for less than three courses per term unless eligible for a reduced courseload status (see the International Student and Scholar Services website for details).

Master’s Thesis Option

A Master’s Thesis (ESE 597) is optional but recommended for students wishing to pursue doctoral studies.  Students are encouraged to take two course units of thesis research in order to maximize the opportunity to engage in research.  Please see here for guidelines on thesis preparation. ESE Master’s Thesis Form (ESE 597)