Program Requirements

MS in Systems Engineering with an Option for a Technical Focus

  • Completion of 30 semester hours from the three areas of the program
    • 3 courses (9 credit hours) from systems engineering courses
    • 3 courses (9 credit hours) from business of engineering courses
    • 3 courses (9 credit hours) from a technical focus: systems engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, cybersecurity, computer science/software architecture, systems engineering/aeronautics and space systems
    • Successful completion of the Capstone Project/Integrative Project Thesis (3 credit hours)
  • Receive an overall GPA for the program of 3.0 or higher
  • Students who receive a grade of less than a B in any 500-level courses or a grade of less than a C in any 600 course will not have that course count toward their degree.


MS in Systems Engineering with Technical FocusRequiredElectives
Systems Engineering Courses 1 2
Business of Engineering Courses 1 2
Technical Focus NA 3
Capstone Project 1 NA
Total Courses* 3* 7*

*Newly restructured curriculum provides significant flexibility and allows the student to customize the program to meet their needs.

Please visit the MS in Systems Engineering page to view more information on the program, including the courses for the technical focuses.


  • Obtain a minimum GPA of 2.7 to receive the certificate
  • Successful completion of three courses from one of the technical areas of study below (9 semester hours)
    • Systems Engineering Certificate: three 500 or 600 level courses (from the Core Systems Engineering Courses in the MS in Systems Engineering Program)
    • Lean Healthcare Systems Certificate: SELP 535, 635, 696
    • Engineering Project Management Certificate: three 500 or 600 level (in the MS in Systems Engineering Program)
    • Cybersecurity Certificate: SELP 660, 661, 662, 663
    • Computer Science/Software Architecture Certificate: SELP 651, 654, 657

Other systems engineering courses may be substituted for the above courses with the approval of the Graduate Program Director. To obtain more information about the certificate(s) program, please visit the certificates page.

MBA/MS Dual Degree: Systems Engineering Leadership Program

  • Systems Engineering Program (SELP): Completion of 8 SELP courses, of which four will be used to satisfy the emphasis/concentration requirement for the MBA degree. Note: SELP program begins in any semester.
  • MBA Program: Completion of MBA program. Student is to abide by the prescribed MBA curriculum for the first year, which contains no electives. Electives can be taken in year two of MBA program. Note: MBA program operates as a cohort, which begins in the Fall semester.
  • Completion of MBAH 673/SELP 673 New Product Design and Development
  • Below shows the breakdown of the MBA/MS dual degree. It is recommended that incoming students take a full course load of SELP courses the first year of the dual-degree program, then begin the MBA cohort in year two, and select electives and additional SELP courses in year three.
    • MBA curriculum (no emphasis): 45 semester hours
    • SELP curriculum (8 courses): 24 semester hours
    • Overlap course (MBAH 673/SELP 673): 3 semester hours
    • Total: 72 semester hours

Important: Please visit the MBA / MS Dual degree page to get detailed information about the program.


For a list of all SELP courses, please refer to the Systems Engineering course descriptions page.