Admissions Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master’s degree candidates.
  • A minimum of one year of relevant full-time work experience in that field is required, and a detailed work résumé must be submitted.
  • The Systems Engineering program offers two degree distinctions—a master of science in engineering (MSE) and a master of science (MS). In order to be admitted into the MSE program, applicants need to hold a degree issued by a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Students admitted without a bachelor of science degree from an EAC of ABET-accredited program (or who did not complete the prerequisites that meet 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) will receive a regionally accredited master of science degree. There is no difference in the curriculum for the M.S.E. and M.S. programs.
  • 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.
  • The curriculum consists of seven or eight core courses and two or three electives, depending on whether the master’s project or the master’s thesis is selected.
  • Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C−) can count toward the master’s degree.
  • Course substitutions may be allowed subject to advisor approval.

Course Planning and Search

Wondering what course to take when or which courses are required? Use these helpful course planning and course search tools to help map out your path to degree completion.

Academic Calendar

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


If you are not quite ready to commit to a master's degree, take a look at pursuing a certificate as an option. You can earn a certificate in 5 courses and put credits toward a master's. Or, if you already have a master's degree in systems engineering or a closely related field, a post-master's certificate can broaden your expertise.

Annie Cranston

Systems Engineering Program Coordinator