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About

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.

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.

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.

JHU Systems Engineering Program Goals

JHU System Engineering graduates will 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.

JHU Systems Engineering graduates will employ systems engineering methods and tools in the development of advanced complex systems.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Apply technical knowledge in mathematics, science, and engineering to lead the realization and evaluation of complex systems and systems of systems.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to conceive of, gather user needs and requirements, design, develop, integrate, and test complex systems by employing systems engineering thinking and processes, within required operational and acquisition system environments.
  3. Understand and utilize the life cycle stages of systems development from concept development through manufacturing and operational maintenance.
  4. Exercise their responsibilities in the management of cost-effective systems product development by leading and participating in interdisciplinary teams.
  5. Be capable of communicating complex concepts and methods in spoken and written format.
  6. Maintain their technical skills in facing dynamic world challenges and mature their knowledge in areas such as biomedicine, cybersecurity, human systems engineering, modeling and simulation, software development, or project management.
  7. Demonstrate awareness and capability in employing tools and techniques in the systems engineering process.

Requirements

Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include a degree in a science or engineering field.
  • A minimum of one year of relevant full-time work experience in that field and a detailed work résumé must be submitted.
  • Applicants holding a degree in a technical field from a regionally accredited and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Engineering Accreditation Commission (ABET EAC)-accredited college or university will be considered for the Master of Science in Engineering degree. Students admitted without an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science or who did not complete the prerequisites to meet ABET-accredited math, science, and engineering design requirements at the Bachelor of Science level will receive a regionally accredited Master of Science degree.
  • When reviewing an application, the candidate's academic and professional background will be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • At least three courses must be at the 700-level.
  • Students are required to select a focus area to follow.
  • The curriculum consists of five core courses and a combination of core and electives based on the chosen focus area.
  • Only one grade of C may count toward the master's degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all post-master's certificate candidates.
  • If you decide to pursue the full master's degree, all courses will apply to the master's degree provided they meet program requirements and fall within a five-year time limit. The student must declare his or her intention prior to the completing the certificate.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • The curriculum consists of five core courses and one of two elective options.
  • Only grades of B− or above can count toward the graduate certificate.
  • Focus areas are not available for students pursing certificates.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Post-Master's Certificate

Admission Requirements

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • The curriculum consists of four core courses and two electives.
  • The two electives can be two semesters of an independent systems engineering research project leading to a paper suitable for submission for publication in a refereed journal, or two 700-level courses in a program approved by the student’s advisor.
  • Only grades of B− or above can count toward the post-master's certificate.
  • Focus areas are not available for students pursing certificates.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Courses

To view this program's prerequisites, core courses, and/or courses listed by track, focus area, or concentration, please click here.

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

Advising

Please visit the Systems Engineering Advising Corner for more information.

Program News

Systems Engineering Seminar: Detecting Illegal Radio Frequency Transmissions
February 1, 2016

Two government agencies recently identified a serious problem: there is virtually no cost-effective and reliable system available right now that can detect illegal radio frequency transmissions.

As part of his Systems Engineering master's project, current student Robert Mascoe decided to address this problem head on by applying common systems engineering principles (i.e., Need, Requirements, Functions, System Model, and Solution).

High Rankings from U.S. News & World Report for Online Master's Programs in Engineering and IT
January 21, 2016

The online graduate programs at Johns Hopkins Engineering maintained high rankings from U.S. News & World Report this year.

In the new report, released January 12, 2016, Johns Hopkins Engineering secured #11 in the overall Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs rankings, up one spot from last year.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Device Will Help Doctors Treat Asthma and Allergies
January 7, 2016

As it happens with many medical conditions, doctors often have to rely on their patients’ memories to help them come up with the best treatments.

In the case of asthma and allergies, an allergist might ask his/her patient questions about weekly inhaler use, typical symptoms, the locations and situations where the inhaler was needed, and specific activities that might have triggered the symptoms.

It then falls to the patient to accurately recall the answers.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

State-Specific Information for Online Students

We currently are not accepting applications to the online Graduate (Post-Baccalaureate) Certificate or M.S. programs in Systems Engineering from students who reside in Arkansas or Kansas, or to the online Post-Master's Certificate or M.S.E. programs in Systems Engineering from students who reside in Kansas. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.