Systems Engineering

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The SMU Lyle School of Engineering's Master of Science, Systems Engineering degree is a requirements-driven program developed for high-potential engineers and managers with an undergraduate technical degree who are advancing in industry or government or running their own company. It is an elite program — restricted to a highly motivated group of professionals — designed to impart essential knowledge for success in today's and tomorrow's competitive global technology-driven business.

This fast-track program is designed to develop expertise for 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, over its life cycle using systems engineering principles, methods and practices. “Systems thinking” skills are developed which foster more effective practice for the engineer or engineering manager within the business enterprise. The objective is to provide individuals with the capability to effectively manage the development of complex systems in an ever-changing environment.

The Lyle Engineering Difference

The Lyle School of Engineering is a selective, premier center of learning for aspiring professionals who will lead the techno-business world into the future. Centered in Dallas, one of the country’s most vibrant cities, SMU Lyle combines top-notch technical expertise with an emphasis on management, entrepreneurship, and humanities to yield a foundation for success in an ever-changing global business climate.


Class meetings take place at American Airlines Training Center near DFW Airport. The modern meeting and conference center is located at the heart of the DFW area and is easily accessible from all corners of the metroplex.

Why the Weekend Format?

Our Weekend Format Program is built around small class sizes, highly-knowledgeable instructors, team projects and programs, and education that goes beyond the basics to produce truly imaginative and innovative professional leaders.

Example Curriculum

Systems Engineering

 10 Courses  
 Course 1 Systems Analysis Methods
 Course 2 Systems Engineering Process
 Course 3 Integrated Risk Management
 Course 4 Systems Reliability, Supportability and Availability Analysis
 Course 5 Systems Integration and Test
 Course 6 Systems Engineering Design*
 Course 7 Software Systems Engineering*
 Course 8 Systems Engineering Leadership*
 Course 9 Logistics Systems Engineering*
 Course 10 System Engineering Tools (SLATE, DOORS and MATLAB) 

*Electives and schedule are subject to change

Sabrina Gonzalez
Sabrina Gonzalez
Associate Director Graduate Education and Recruitment
Distance, Military, Campus, and Weekend Formats 
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