Lead the Future of Digital Infrastructure

Gain a competitive edge with an M.S. in Datacenter Systems Engineering

About the Program

Advances in AI and the growth of cloud computing will create endless opportunities for skilled professionals in datacenter systems engineering. As technology evolves, so do the complexities of managing data, ensuring security, and optimizing infrastructure.

At SMU Lyle, we’re preparing tomorrow’s engineers by offering the nation’s only master’s degree program focusing on datacenter systems engineering. Our Master’s in Datacenter Systems Engineering is designed to equip graduates with the cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in leadership roles within this rapidly evolving field, covering all areas of engineering, computer science, business management, and finance.”

Learn more about the Program Requirements

Meet the Co-Directors Dr. Klyne Smith and Dr. Volkan Otugen

Meet the Advisory Board 

The SMU Lyle Difference

  • Unique

    Gain a competitive edge with the nation's only master's degree program focusing on datacenter systems engineering.

  • In-Demand

    Job demand continues to expand with the ever-growing need for more, bigger, better and faster datacenters globally.

  • End-to-End

    Acquire comprehensive knowledge for datacenter inception, architecture, implementation, and management.

Student Experience

Leading-Edge Faculty


Learn from distinguished faculty members with extensive experience and expertise in datacenter systems engineering and related fields.

Collaborative Learning

Collaborative Learning

Interact with a diverse community of peers and industry professionals, fostering a dynamic learning environment.

Diverse and Innovative Curriculum

Diverse and Innovative Curriculum

Explore a comprehensive curriculum covering data management, networking, security, virtualization, and more, preparing you for the challenges of modern datacenter engineering.


Flexible Learning Models


Flexible Learning Models


Tailor your experience with our LyleAnywhere™ flexible learning platform, providing a mixture of in-person or synchronous online classes.

Jobs I Can Land

Jobs I Can Land

Potential roles include:

  • Datacenter Engineer
  • Infrastructure Architect
  • Cloud Solutions Architect
  • Network Security Specialist
  • IT Manager

Resource-Rich Environment

Resource-Rich Environment 

Utilize cutting-edge facilities, labs, and software, providing access to the latest industry-standard tools and technologies.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree and additionally are expected to have:

B.S. in one of the engineering disciplines, computer science, one of the quantitative sciences or mathematics.

A minimum of two years of college-level mathematics, including one year of college-level calculus.


Tuition and Fees

For a complete graduate cost per semester click here.

Application Deadlines

The next start date is August 2024. The deadline for applications is July 15.