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About

The ABET-accredited Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins University 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.

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. 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 their 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

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

COURSES BY FOCUS AREA

The focus areas offered represent related groups of courses that are relevant for students with interests in the selected areas. The focus areas are presented as an aid to students in planning their course schedules and are only applicable to students seeking a Master's degree. They do not appear as official designations on a student's transcript or diploma.

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Selections from Applied Biomedical Engineering; Applied Physics; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Information Systems Engineering; Technical Management; and Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management may also be chosen. These must be 400-level or above courses.

Advising

Please visit the Systems Engineering Advising Corner for more information.

Program News

Systems Engineering Seminar: Improving Safety in High-Speed Rail
November 16, 2016

On September 12, 2008, a Metrolink commuter train and a freight train collided in Los Angeles, California, killing twenty-five people and injuring many more. A month later, President George W. Bush singed into law the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Creating a Better System to Monitor Satellites
July 11, 2016

Satellites placed in geostationary Earth orbits are necessary for everything from financial transactions to weather forecasting.

As a quick definition, GEOs are the orbits that hover above the equator. They move in sync with the Earth's rotation. So when an object (i.e., a man-made satellite) is placed into a GEO, it appears motionless to those of us here on the ground.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Protecting Soldiers Who Investigate Blast Sites
June 10, 2016

Incidents involving roadside and under-road improvised explosive devices remain a serious threat. As the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown, IED blasts often result in horrific injuries, fatalities, and damages to military vehicles.

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