Systems engineers manage the details of large projects encompassing multiple disciplines. One day they work with physicists and astronomers; the next, architects and mathematicians. Typically without a specialty of their own, systems engineers must be proficient in enough technical areas to be able to do their job well. They must also know how to manage budgets, maintain schedules, meet performance goals, and work harmoniously with others to ensure a project’s success.
It’s a developing field perfectly suited to the School of Engineering's i2e philosophy of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Join us and you’ll learn the specifics of systems engineering: methods of modeling and simulation, theories of communication and control, and data analysis.
The MS in Systems Engineering program trains you to perform computer simulations, as well as signal and systems analysis — all to address real-system problems. We also cover a range of topics, such as feedback control and instrumentation, to guarantee you walk away with a baseline understanding of systems engineering project management.
Admission to this program requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution, with at least a B average in undergraduate technical courses. For some tracks, you will need to have taken undergraduate courses in differential equations, probability, linear systems, feedback control, and computer programming. If you find yourself deficient in any of those subjects, you will need to take the necessary required courses.
Outstanding students should apply for financial aid including research fellowships, teaching fellowships or partial tuition remission. Students who wish to continue graduate study toward a PhD in systems engineering may do so in the PhD in Electrical Engineering Program.