Curriculum – M.S. in Systems Engineering

The online Master of Science in systems engineering is designed to equip students with the skills they need to design, analyze and optimize complex systems for efficiency and quality. It comprises 36 required credit hours, of which 24 are the same core requirements as for the M.S. in engineering management, and the remaining 12 focus on the area of specialization.


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Core Courses

EMSE 6001. The Management of Technical Organizations (3 credits)
The practice of management as applied within technical organizations. Includes history of the tradition and current effective practices, research findings, and case studies, with objectives of enhanced understanding of external and internal factors influencing organizational performance and leadership requirements.
EMSE 6020. Decision Making with Uncertainty (3 credits)
Problem formulation. Concepts and techniques used in analyzing complex decision problems. Modeling decision problems using decision trees, probability models, multi-objective models and utility theory.
EMSE 6099. Problems in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Capstone (3 credits)
Capstone project providing the opportunity to apply concepts and tools previously studied to the solution of a real-world problem. Students work in small groups, on a problem proposed by students and approved by the instructor. Open only to master’s candidates in the department, preferably during the last semester of their program.
EMSE 6410. Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics (3 credits)
Survey of material relevant to financial decision making for engineering activity. Includes traditional engineering economy topics; fundamentals of accounting; and financial planning, budgeting, and estimating applicable to the management of technical organizations.
EMSE 6505. Knowledge Management I (3 credits)
The foundations of knowledge management, including cultural issues, technology applications, organizational concepts and processes, management aspects, and decision support systems. Case studies.
EMSE 6580. Information and Software Engineering (3 credits)
Introduction to analysis and design of information systems including requirements analysis, project management, and software architectures. Introduction to CASE tools. (3 credits)
EMSE 6801. Systems Engineering I (3 credits)
Systems approach to the architecting and engineering of large-scale systems; elements of systems engineering; methods and standards; computer tools that support systems and software engineering; trends and directions; the integrative nature of systems engineering.
EMSE 6820. Program and Project Management (3 credits)
Problems in managing projects; project management as planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring; project and corporate organizations; duties and responsibilities; the project plan; schedule, cost, earned-value and situation analysis; leadership; team building; conflict management; meetings, presentations, and proposals.


M.S. in Systems Engineering Required Courses

EMSE 6805. Systems Engineering II (3 credits)
Application of systems engineering tools to provide hands-on experience with essential elements of practice. Processes of requirements engineering, functional analysis and allocation, risk management, architecting; architectural heuristics, axiomatic design, analytical assessment of alternative architectures. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801.
EMSE 6810. Systems Analysis and Management (3 credits)
The systems or holistic approach as a methodology for making decisions and allocating resources. Analysis by means of objectives, alternatives, models, criteria, and feedback. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801.
EMSE 6815. Requirements Engineering (3 credits)
Requirements in systems engineering, including requirement types, quality factors, elicitation methods, analysis, derivation of implicit requirements, management, traceability, verification, cross-requirement assessments, and validation. Focus on writing and managing quality requirements in complex systems. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801.
EMSE 6840. Applied Enterprise Systems Engineering (3 credits)
Applications of systems engineering in the DoD, other parts of the federal government, and commercial sectors. Architectural frameworks and enterprise architecting concepts and practices, including JCIDS/DODAF, Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework, and Zachman™ Framework. Enterprise architecting and advanced modeling tools. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801.