Program Details & Courses

Master of Science

(Major in Datacenter Systems Engineering)


The SMU Datacenter Systems Engineering program has been designed to impart both the necessary breadth and depth for professionals who endeavor to fully participate in leadership roles either as managers or technologists.

Qualified students with undergraduate degrees in engineering, one of the physical sciences or mathematics are required to complete ten courses (thirty semester credit hours).  Students entering the program with an undergraduate degree not mentioned above may be asked to take additional courses to support the elected degree track.

Students are required to complete five core courses, and three Group I electives from one or more of the three optional specializations.  Courses within each specialization are suggested and not intended to be mandatory.  With advisor approval, students may select from any of the graduate courses offered by the Lyle School of Engineering.

Two additional Group II electives may be selected with advisor approval from any of the graduate courses offerings of the Lyle School of Engineering, the Cox School of Business, or the Departments' of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics, or Economics.

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:
1.   Bachelor of Science in one of the engineering disciplines, computer science, one of the quantitative sciences or mathematics.
2.    A minimum of two years of college-level mathematics including one year of college-level calculus.

Degree Requirements


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

1.    Thirty Semester Credit Hours (ten courses) with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
2.    Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum encompassing five (5) courses (15 Semester Credit Hours).
3.    Satisfactory completion of three (3) Group I elective courses (9 Semester Credit Hours).
4.    Satisfactory completion of two (2) Group II elective courses (6 Semester Credit Hours).

Core Courses


Satisfactory complete of the following five (5) courses:

CSE 7346 Cloud Computing and Virtualization Technologies
CSE 7349 Data and Network Security
Depending on background, students may be required to complete the prerequisite for this course, CSE 7339 Computer System Security, as a Group I or II elective.
EE 7301 Power Management for Industrial and Mission Critical Facilities
EMIS 7357 Analytics for Decision Support
CEE/ME 7380 Management of Industrial and Mission Critical Facilities

Group I Electives


Satisfactory completion of three (3) courses from one of more of the following specialization tracks:
Suggested Specialization in Facilities Infrastructure and its Mission Critical Systems
CEE 7325 Disaster Management
CEE 7370 Facilities Planning
CEE 7366 Introduction to Facilities Engineering Systems
CEE 7369 Electrical Mechanical and Piping Systems for Buildings
CEE 7384 Energy Management for Buildings
EETS 7307 Telecommunications for Data Systems Engineering
EMIS 7347 Critical Infrastructure Protection/Security Systems Engineering
EMIS 8363 Engineering Finance
ME 7330 Heat Transfer
ME 7335 Convection Cooling of Electronics
ME 7336 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
ME 7344 Conductive Cooling of Electronics
ME/CEE 7383 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
ME 8385 conduction Heat Transfer
ME 8387 Radiation Heat Transfer
CEE/ME 7381 Site Selection for Industrial and Mission Critical Facilities

Suggested Specialization in Data Engineering, Analytics
EMIS/CSE 7330 File Organization and Database Management
CSE 7340 Service Oriented Computing
CSE 7347 XML and the Enterprise
CSE 8316 User Interface Design
CSE 8321 Machine Learning
EMIS/CSE 8331 Data Mining
EMIS/CSE 8337 Information Retrieval
EMIS 7352 Information System Architecture
EMIS 7353 Information systems Design Strategy

Suggested Specialization in Networks, Virtualization, Security
EMIS 7382 Information Technology Security and Risk Management
EMIS 8364 Engineering Management
EMIS 8356 Information Engineering and Global Perspectives
CSE 7339 Computer System Security
CSE 7344 Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
CSE 7359 Software Security
CSE 8343 Advanced Operating Systems (Virtualization)
CSE 8349 Advanced Network and System Security
CSE 8352 (EE 8372) Cryptography and Data Security
EETS 7304 Internet Protocol
EETS 8311 Intelligent Networks

Group II Electives


With advisor approval two (2) courses may be selected from any of the graduate level courses offered by the Lyle School of Engineering, the Cox School of Business, the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics.

Any deviation from the stated requirements must be approved from the students advisor and the Associate Dean of Academics.