Master of Science with a Major in Systems Engineering

Jerrell Stracener

Jerrell Stracener

Professor of Practice
Founding Director, Systems Engineering

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About Systems Engineering

Systems engineering encourages looking at the big picture as opposed to focusing only on details. System engineering covers the total system life cycle, including concept, design, use, maintenance, and disposal. It looks at the system through the eyes of all the stakeholders, such as customers and users, who have an interest in the system. Systems engineering applies science, mathematics, and management to problem-solving in ways that complement all branches of engineering.

Why SMU's Systems Engineering Program?

The SMU Systems Engineering Program (SEP), unique by design, 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.

In addition, SMU'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.

  • We have a growing program, evolving in response to industry and government needs.

  • Students learn from faculty with extensive industry experience and systems-engineering practice.

  • SMU Lyle offers a variety of convenient delivery options to fit your job & personal lifestyle.

  • The program provides life-long access to systems engineering technology resources through the Student and Alumni Council of the Alliance for Systems Engineering Education.