Master of Science with a Major in Systems Engineering (MSSE)

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Program Director: Jerrell Stracener, Ph.D. 

Introduction

What is Systems Engineering?

According to the general definition of systems engineering from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE): “Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem: Operations, Performance, Test, Manufacturing, Cost & Schedule, Training & Support and Disposal. Systems engineering integrates all the disciplines and specialty groups into a team effort forming a structured development process that proceeds from concept to production to operation. Systems engineering considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user needs.”

Why Study Systems Engineering?

In alignment with the above definition, the goal of systems engineering is the development and management of systems (products and services) that satisfy customer requirements considering engineering, technology, environmental, management, risk and economic factors by viewing the system as a whole during its life cycle. Systems engineering is also the practice of “good engineering.” Through systems engineering and related courses, the student gains a foundation in systems engineering plus exposure to a variety of topics such as reliability, quality, logistics/supply networks, operations research, engineering management, software engineering, telecommunications and environmental engineering. “Systems thinking” skills are developed, and these skills foster more effective practice for the engineer or engineering manager within the business enterprise. The systems engineering program’s objective is to make the student a better engineer and manager by imparting an enhanced understanding of the impact of engineering decisions.

Why SMU?

Our program has been developed in response to the growing need by industry and government for engineers who are not only specialists in a particular area, but who have a systems perspective in order to more effectively practice engineering and manage within the business enterprise. The program offers flexibility for: (1) systems engineers who are entering the field, updating skills or acquiring new skills, (2) engineers who need to acquire a broadening of their technical and management education from a systems perspective, (3) engineers with upper-level management aspirations, and (4) engineering students seeking to increase their market value by acquiring knowledge and skills necessary for engineering of products and services from a systems perspective.

Lyle's systems engineering program is designed to build on your engineering/technical education and experience to broaden your exposure while developing your problem definition and problem solving skills. The program is intended to fill a niche between core engineering specialization and a business program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • B.S. in engineering, mathematics or one of the quantitative sciences.
  • A minimum of two years of college-level mathematics, including at least one year of calculus.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

1. Satisfactory completion of the following courses:

EMIS 7300 Systems Analysis Methods (or EMIS 7370 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers, or EMIS 8360 Operations Research Models)
EMIS 7301 Systems Engineering Process
EMIS 7303 Integrated Risk Management
EMIS 7305 Systems Reliability and Availability Analysis
EMIS 7307 Systems Integration and Test
EMIS 7309 Systems Reliability Engineering
EMIS 7311 Systems Engineering Design

2. Satisfactory completion of one of the following tracks

On-Campus/Distance Education Track

Satisfactory completion of any three of the following courses:

EMIS 7313 Integrated Logistics Support (ILS)
EMIS 7315 Systems Quality Engineering
EMIS 7317 Systems Engineering Leadership
Or other elective courses from Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Operations Research, or Computer Science as
approved by the Systems Engineering Program Director.

Cohort Track
 
Satisfactory completion of any three of the following courses:

EMIS 7313 Integrated Logistics Support (ILS)
EMIS 7315 Systems Quality Engineering
EMIS 7317 Systems Engineering Leadership
EMIS 7319 Systems Architecture Development
EMIS 7321 Systems Engineering Planning and Management
EMIS 7323 Systems Life Cycle Cost and Affordability Analysis
EMIS 7325 Systems Engineering Software Tools

Or other elective courses from Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Operations Research, or Computer Science as
approved by the Systems Engineering Program Director and management from the student's organization.