Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering

Instructors incorporate real-world activities into topics ranging from cybersecurity and software engineering to human-computer interaction and medical system design.

Video Highlights

Dave Flanigan, an instructor in the Systems Engineering program, talks about his popular online course in System Conceptual Design. More videos

News


JHUSE

At the INCOSE International Symposium 2014

Johns Hopkins University was once again a proud sponsor of the INCOSE (International Council of Systems Engineers) International... Read more

ABET

Defining Our Program's Objectives and Outcomes

The JHU systems engineering program sought ABET accreditation to improve the quality of our program and foster an environment of... Read more


From the Leadership Team

Practicing Systems Engineers Must Be "Systems Thinkers"

The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook states, Systems engineering is a profession, a process, and a perspective… Here we will focus on... Read more

Curriculum

Engineers! Don’t Rush to a Solution!

We are problems solvers. We are creative and innovative. We like quick gratification. We want to develop products and make things. Sound... Read more

Highlights


Advising

What Textbooks Should a Systems Engineer Own?

Whether you are a systems engineer or practicing systems engineering, the question often is raised: What textbooks should I have on my... Read more


Faculty

Staś Tarchalski Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Staś Tarchalski has taught in the Systems Engineering and Technical Management programs at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals... Read more


Program

Systems Test: Vital to the Systems Engineering Process

Systems engineering principles are necessary for the test and evaluation your system elements and, ultimately, the verification and... Read more


Special SE Topic

Visions and Grand Challenges

Recently, the National Academy of Engineering conducted a study with prominent engineers and scientists and identified the world's... Read more

Systems Institute

JHU Systems Institute Developing Curricula for Advanced Degrees

The Systems Institute is an interdisciplinary research initiative, focused initially on engineering systems of national importance,... Read more


Seminar Series

The Systems Engineering Colloquium Video: Aaron Pressman

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Systems Engineering program has started a regular presentation series to illustrate the... Read more

Scholarships

The Alexander Kossiakoff Scholarship Award

The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, in partnership with the INCOSE Foundation, has announced the opening of... Read more

Program Overview

The systems engineering process coordinates and leads the translation of an operational need into a system designed to meet that need. It integrates the inputs of all the required technical disciplines into a coordinated effort that meets established performance, cost, and schedule goals. Systems engineers provide the leadership and coordination of the planning, development, and engineering of technical systems, including hardware and software components.

The Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals provides in-depth knowledge and technical skills in the field of systems engineering and systems of systems, and prepares students for careers within industry and government. This systems-centric program addresses the needs of engineers and scientists engaged in all aspects of analysis, design, integration, production, and operation of modern systems.

Instructors are practicing systems engineers who incorporate real-world problem solving activities and case studies into discussion topics. Whether they study online or in top-notch facilities like the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, students learn how to develop complex systems.

Program Requirements

View the current catalog for program requirements and course listings.

Admissions Requirements

  • One year of appropriate full-time work experience in a technical field
  • Résumé
  • Online application
  • Application fee of $75
  • Official transcripts from all college studies
  • Relevant experience and academic performance are reviewed together for admission decisions

Master's Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses completed within five years (at least three of which must be at the 700 level)
    • Five core courses: 645.462 Introduction to Systems Engineering; 645.467 Management of Systems Projects; 645.767 System Conceptual Design; 645.768 System Design and Integration; 645.769 System Test and Evaluation
    • Five courses based on the chosen focus area

Graduate Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses completed within three years
    • Five core courses: 645.462 Introduction to Systems Engineering; 645.467 Management of Systems Projects; 645.767 System Conceptual Design; 645.768 System Design and Integration; 645.769 System Test and Evaluation
    • One of the following: 645.764 Software Systems Engineering OR 645.800 Systems Engineering Project

Post-Master's Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses completed within three years (at least three of which must be at the 700 level)
    • Four core courses: 645.742 Management of Complex Systems; 645.753 Enterprise Systems Engineering; 645.761 Systems Architecting; 645.771 System of Systems Engineering
    • Two electives: 645.803/804 Post-Master's-Systems Engineering Research Project OR two approved 700-level courses

Program Details

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 Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals 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 Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals 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 Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals 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 Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals program requirements. The educational objectives of the MSE program are that graduates will be able to:

  1. 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
  2. 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 requirements cannot be completed due to work, travel, or health reasons. In these cases, a Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate can be granted by Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals 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 Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals 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's 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 700-level courses in a program approved by the student’s advisor.

Archive

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

Curriculum

Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.

Systems Engineering