MS Degree Program in Systems Engineering with Technical Focus in Computer Science

MS Degree Program in Systems Engineering with Technical Focus in Computer Science (MS SE+CS)

This combined SE+CS program focus is intended for those students who wish to learn the skills of Systems Engineering and apply them in a Computer Science field. Students will advance their knowledge of computer science and at the same time gain knowledge of Systems Engineering. Such dual-field experts are highly desired by industry.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit:

  • Application to Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit
  • A transcript documenting the Bachelor's degree in computer science from an ABET accredited program with a GPA or 3.0 or better
  • Three or more years of related work experience
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay discussing how the MS SE+CS fits into applicant's career development

Promising applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may be considered for conditional admission and, when so admitted, must demonstrate satisfactory performance during their first year in the program.

Graduation Requirements

11 following courses are required for graduation:

Required Systems Engineering courses:

  • SELP 500 Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
  • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
  • SELP 520 Engineering Ethics and Communications 3 semester hours
  • SELP 530 Lean Thinking 3 semester hours
  • SELP 550 Systems Architecting 3 semester hours
  • SELP 640 Model Based Systems Engineering 3 semester hours
  • SELP 560 Integration of Hybrid Hardware and Software Systems 3 semester hours
  • SELP 650 IT and Software Project Management for Systems Engineers 3 semester hours
  • SELP 660 Introduction to Cybersecurity Concepts, Principles, & Practices 3 semester hours
  • CMSI 601 Graduate Seminar 3 semester hours
  • A Computer Science elective at the 500 or 600 level (3 semester hours)


The CMSI courses must be approved by the Advisor. The overall minimum GPA required for graduation is 3.0. Students who receive a grade of less than "B" in any 500-level course or a grade of less than "C" in any 600-level course will not have the course count toward their degree.


The student completing successfully two courses each Fall and Spring semester, and taking summer courses will earn the MS degree in two years.

Registering into the courses is the student's responsibility. A student is expected to make reasonable progress toward the degrees to remain in good standing at the University. A full-time course load is two courses in the Fall and Spring semesters.