Program Overview

The Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Learn from instructors who are leading practitioners in the field of systems engineering who incorporate problem-solving activities and case studies into discussion topics. You will be provided in-depth knowledge and technical skills in the field of systems engineering and systems of systems, and prepared for careers within both 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.

As a graduate you will be able to:

  • Apply technical knowledge in mathematics, science, and engineering to lead the realization and evaluation of complex systems and systems of systems
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceive of, gather user needs and requirements for, design, develop, integrate, and test complex systems by employing systems engineering thinking and processes, within required operational and acquisition system environments
  • Understand and utilize the life cycle stages of systems development from concept development through manufacturing and operational maintenance
  • Lead and participate in interdisciplinary teams to manage cost-effective systems
  • Communicate complex concepts and methods in spoken and written format
  • Demonstrate awareness and capability in employing tools and techniques in the systems engineering process

Focus Areas

  • Cybersecurity
  • Human Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Project Management
  • Software Systems
  • Systems

Degree Options

We offer four program options for Systems Engineering; you can earn a Master of Science in Systems of Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering in Systems Engineering (ABET-accredited), graduate certificate, or a post-master’s certificate.

The Systems Engineering program offers two degree distinctions—a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and a Master of Science (MS). There is no difference in the curriculum for the MSE and MS programs. Your undergraduate degree determines which degree you will earn.  In order to be admitted into the MSE program, you need a Bachelor of Science degree issued by a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.  If you do not meet this requirement (or you did not complete the prerequisites that met all of the EAC of ABET-accreditation requirements for attainment of student outcomes and for sufficient math, science, and engineering design at the Bachelor of Science level), you will earn a regionally accredited MS degree.

Systems Engineering Courses

Get details about course requirements, prerequisites, focus areas, and electives offered within the program. All courses are taught by subject-matter experts who are executing the technologies and techniques they teach. For exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors, please refer to the course schedule published each term.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

MSE Enrollments (Headcount)
Fall 2020
Fall 2019 256
Fall 2018 322
Fall 2017 317
Fall 2016 307
Fall 2015 324
Fall 2014 367
Fall 2013 370
Fall 2012* 0


MSE Degrees Awarded
Academic Year 2019–2020 78
Academic Year 2018–2019 94
Academic Year 2017–2018 105
Academic Year 2016–2017 95
Academic Year 2015–2016 170
Academic Year 2014–2015 118
Academic Year 2013–2014 166
Academic Year 2012–2013* 73

The coursework in the Systems Engineering program has been very beneficial to my career in several ways. The focus on the development of requirements, their maturity, and their ultimate verification has had a direct impact on my professional development. Often, the focus areas of the course were paralleled by assignments in my day to day work. I also took the project management focus which helped me to become a better leader of teams and organizations.

Jonathan Batross ‘18 Systems Engineering

Program Contacts

Academic Calendar

Find out when registration opens, classes start, transcript deadlines and more. Applications are accepted year-round, so you can apply any time.