M.S. in Datacenter Systems Engineering


Program Director: Volkan Otugen, Ph.D.

Program Overview


This program is specifically designed for professionals who are actively employed in the management of data and the extraction of useful information, computer networking, virtualization, and security. Additionally, this program addresses the design and maintenance of datacenters and its mission critical facility subsystems, providing students an opportunity to gain working knowledge and skill sets necessary to enter this field.

Appropriate candidates include those who desire leadership roles and career opportunities in management or technology either by broadening their skills across the various disciplines encompassing this field, or by concentrating in one or more of the specific disciplines.

The Lyle School of Engineering offers this unique multidisciplinary master's degree by incorporating course contributions from each of the five (5) standing engineering departments: Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); Mechanical Engineering (ME); Computer Science (CS); Engineering Management, Information, and Systems (EMIS); and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE).

Qualified students with undergraduate degrees in engineering, one of the physical sciences or mathematics are required to complete 10 courses (30 credit hours). Students entering the program with an undergraduate degree other than in engineering, one of the physical sciences, or mathematics may be asked to articulate the necessary courses.




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Students are required to complete five core courses and three Group I electives (or 9 credit hours) from one or more of the four optional specializations: facilities engineering; data engineering and analytics; networks, virtualization, and security; and business.

The two additional Group II electives may be selected with adviser approval from the offerings of the Lyle School of Engineering, Cox School of Business and Dedman College (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics departments). The student is responsible for ensuring that the prerequisites for the elective courses have been met.


The core courses, encompassing the activities of the data center, reflect the breadth of the technology as it is conducted in this industry. The Group I course concentrations serve to develop or extend competence in one or more of the technical fields of interest to the student. The Group II electives enable the student to build interests broadly by selecting courses freely from the Lyle School of Engineering or the University as a whole.

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 requirements:

1.    B.S. 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.    A total of 30 credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.000.
2.    Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum encompassing 15 credit hours (five required courses).
3.    Satisfactory completion of nine credit hours from Group I electives.
4.    Satisfactory completion of six credit hours from Group II electives.

Core Courses

CS 7346 Cloud Computing and Virtualization Technologies
CS 7349 Data and Network Security
ECE 7301 Power Management for Industrial and Mission-Critical Facilities
EMIS 7357 Analytics for Decision Support
ME/CEE 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:


Facilities Infrastructure Management
CEE 7325 Disaster Management
CEE 7370 Facility 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 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 7381 Site Selection for Industrial and Mission-Critical Facilities
ME/CEE 7383 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning
ME 8385 Conduction Heat Transfer
ME 8387 Radiation Heat Transfer

Data Engineering and Analytics
CS 7330 File Organization and Database Management
CS 7340 Service-Oriented Computing
CS 7347 XML and the Enterprise
CS 8316 User Interface Design
CS 8321 Machine Learning and Neural Networks
CS 8331 (EMIS 8331) Advanced Data Mining
CS 8337 (EMIS 8337) Information Storage and Retrieval
EMIS 7352 Information System Architecture
EMIS 7353 Information System Design Strategy

Networks, Virtualization, Security
EMIS 7382 Information Technology Security and Risk Management
EMIS 8364 Engineering Management
EMIS 8356 Information Engineering and Global Perspectives
CS 7339 Computer System Security
CS 7344 Computer Networks and Distribution Systems
CS 7359 Software Security
CS 8343 Advanced Operating Systems (Virtualization)
CS 8349 Advanced Network and Systems Security
CS 8352 (ECE 8372) Cryptography and Data Security
EETS 7304 Network Protocols
EETS 8311 Intelligent Networks

Business Specialization
EMIS 8362 Engineering Accounting
FINA 6201 Managerial Finance
ITOM 6202 Management Decision Analysis
RE 6211 Real Estate Investment


Group II Electives

With adviser approval, students may select two courses (or six credit hours) from graduate-level courses offered by the Lyle School of Engineering, Cox School of Business and Dedman College (departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics).

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