Master of Science in
Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering Student Plans a Project

In systems engineering, you look at the big picture to understand the entire process. Then you work to achieve systems integration, connecting the needs of the customer to the designs of the components.

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering program is designed to provide the foundations of the systems engineering processes to develop and implement solutions to today’s complex engineering design and operational problems. The Technical Track builds on an engineering, technical, or physical sciences undergraduate degree to enhance your systems thinking and systems engineering methods for solving real-world engineering problems. The Engineering Management Track combines the technical aspects of the field with business-oriented coursework for management roles.

At Embry-Riddle, your professional development includes classroom interactions with students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, and your faculty have research interests in large-scale and complex systems, as it applies to the aviation, aerospace, and transportation industries.

Systems Engineers are in demand for their technical expertise and leadership abilities, and they often enter management early in their careers. Graduates often seek opportunities in project management, systems engineering, systems analysis, reliability engineering, consultancy work, and other areas in industries such as aerospace, defense, transportation, aviation, airport services, energy, information technology, and more. With the thesis option, you are prepared for advancement into doctoral programs.

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering is housed in the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering of the College of Engineering.

Typical First Year

The program begins with a core of three foundation courses in systems engineering: fundamentals of systems engineering, introduction to systems engineering management, and system requirements modeling and analysis, followed by one or more electives in the students' area of interest.

Degree Requirements

The program is available in two options: a thesis option and a non-thesis option, both options requiring a total of 30 credit hours for completion. The thesis option includes a 12-credit hour core requirement, nine credit hours of electives, and the completion of nine credit hours of graduate thesis. The non-thesis option includes the same 12-credit hour core requirement, plus another three-credit hour requirement for each of the two tracks, 12 credit hours of track electives, and the completion of three credit hours of systems engineering graduate project. Based on their background and interests, students enrolling in the non-thesis option can select one of the two different tracks available: a technical track and an engineering management track.

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