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Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to a graduate program outlined in the catalog's Admission Requirements section. In addition, applicants must meet the requirements for acceptance as a degree candidate seeking a graduate degree, graduate certificate, or as a non-degree seeking special student into the Systems Engineering program as outlined on the Admission Information page.
Master of Science in Systems Engineering
Consistent with the INCOSE (International Council of Systems Engineering) Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE), and the view that systems engineering is interdisciplinary, the JHU MS in Systems Engineering program provides a broad common framework for students coming from a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds, including engineering, sciences, mathematics, management, business, or computer science. Students who do not have an accredited undergraduate ABET EAC degree will be awarded an MS in Systems Engineering degree upon completion of the JHU program requirements. Applicants should have at least one year of practical systems experience and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information, both orally and in writing.
Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering
The JHU Systems Engineering program offers students and their employers the highest quality graduate education in the field. Students who are admitted with a transcript from an accredited undergraduate ABET EAC (Engineering Accreditation Commission) program will be awarded a Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering upon completion of the JHU requirements. The program educational objectives of the MSE program are that graduates will be able to:
- attain programmatic or technical leadership roles in an organization identifying, formulating, designing and/or testing practical solutions to engineering problems and guide the engineering development of modern complex systems; and
- employ systems engineering methods and tools in the development of advanced complex systems.
Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
On rare occasions, a student finds that completion of the Master of Science degree course requirement cannot be completed due to work, travel, or health reasons. In these cases a Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate can be granted by JHU if the following six courses are completed:
- 645.467 Management of Systems Projects
- 645.462 Introduction to Systems Engineering
- 645.767 Systems Conceptual Design
- 645.768 System Design and Integration
- 645.769 Systems Test and Evaluation
And one of the following:
- 645.764 Software Systems Engineering
- 645.800 Systems Engineering Project
On rare occasions a student can be admitted into the Systems Engineering Program only for the certificate, but this is generally discouraged. The demand for the program at the MS level often limits the space available, and the remaining four courses for the MS degree increase the richness and diversity of the academic experience. Those who might seek the certificate may already have a PhD or other MS degrees and further credentials would not benefit their career.
Post-Master’s Certificate Requirements
The Post-Master Certificate in Systems Engineering is awarded after completion of six courses beyond the MS or MSE in Systems Engineering. It is intended to add depth and breadth in the discipline. The program consists of four required courses and two advanced electives. The student’s program will be planned in consultation with an advisor. The two advanced electives can be two semesters of an independent systems engineering research project leading to a paper suitable for submission for publication in a referenced journal or two EP 700-level courses in a program approved by the student’s advisor.
View catalogs from previous years for reference.
State-specific Information for Online Programs
Students from Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin should be aware of state-specific information for online programs.
Gainful Employment Title-IV Eligibility
Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.