M.S. in Systems Engineering

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Graduates of GW’s engineering master’s programs earn an average salary of $119,547, more than 50% higher than systems engineers overall, according to PayScale.
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Systems engineers work on complex projects of every scale, collaborate across disciplines and are responsible for the development and optimization of numerous complex and interconnected systems.

The George Washington University’s online M.S. in systems engineering educates students in the technical expertise they need to manage and optimize existing technology environments. Combining systems engineering with thorough instruction in project management, the SE curriculum also helps prepare students to design and deploy new systems that meet quality, efficiency and reliability requirements for their organizations.


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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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The George Washington University’s online master’s program in systems engineering is designed to build on the multidisciplinary technical and leadership skills that systems engineers must have to oversee complex technology environments.

While the M.S. in systems engineering program focuses on systems thinking, GW designed the curriculum to teach a blend of practical business skills, to help prepare graduates for senior roles in technical organizations.

With advanced coursework in system and architecture analysis, quality assessment, and risk management, the curriculum is well-suited for students interested in taking the lead in managing or designing, deploying, and optimizing numerous types of systems.

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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.