Online Master of Science in Systems Engineering

A career in systems engineering demands a variety of skills and an extensive understanding of technical processes. Systems engineers are responsible for the development and optimization of complex and interconnected systems. They work on projects of every scale, collaborating across disciplines to meet the current requirements of their organizations and anticipate future needs.

The George Washington University’s online Master of Science in systems engineering focuses on the expertise that professionals need to optimize design, development and implementation. The curriculum features instruction in project management, readying students to take on leadership responsibilities. Faculty with first-hand experience in the field teach courses in designing and deploying new systems that meet high standards of quality, efficiency and reliability.


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Program Summary

Design. Optimize. Deploy.

Our program focuses on providing the knowledge to design, optimize and deploy complex systems.
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GW’s online M.S. in systems engineering program builds multidisciplinary technical and leadership skills. The curriculum primarily focuses on systems thinking, but our courses also incorporate the practical business skills that professionals will need to progress into senior roles in technical organizations. Students learn best practices for managing multidisciplinary teams as they design, deploy, and optimize a broad range of systems.

The online systems engineering master’s program ensures that professionals can leverage the latest methods and tools to achieve organizational objectives. They gain hands-on experience in applying a systems approach to major projects, using software and allocating resources to meet specific requirements. Our students see how architecting concepts and practices can be employed on the large scale demanded by commercial businesses and federal departments.

The primary topics covered in online systems engineering coursework include:

  • System and architecture analysis
  • Quality assessment
  • Risk management
  • Engineering large-scale systems
  • Solving problems with systems engineering tools
  • Managing and making decisions for technical teams

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Prepare for Certification

The program helps to prepare graduates for the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) exam, offered by the International Council on Systems Engineering.
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Program Learning Objectives

The objectives of the master’s program in systems engineering are to ensure that graduates can:

  • Apply systems engineering technical skills like axiomatic design and systems analysis to observe how systems interact, to design and integrate subsystems, and to assess systems for quality.
  • Coordinate critical organizational functions—organizational management and behavior, operations, project management, marketing, cost and quality control, finance, staff, technical requirements, engineering contract management—and supervise technical development while maintaining high performance.
  • Prepare to take the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) exam offered by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) to further establish professional credentials.