Learn to solve complex systems engineering challenges

Gain sought-after skills and elevate your engineering career with SMU Lyle's M.S. in Systems Engineering

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About the Program

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering that focuses on designing, integrating, and managing complex systems over their life cycles. Today and in the future, new and more complex technologies are challenging approaches to the practice of engineering and technology management and changing the needs of the modern workplace and workforce.

Our Master of Science in Systems Engineering provides a unique and structured way of analyzing and solving complex problems across the product development or acquisition lifecycle. This, coupled with systems thinking and leadership skills, provides our students with both technical and “power” skills needed to serve the current and increasing demands of industry.

To learn more about the program, contact the program director, Dr. Diana Easton.

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Our student's take on the program

"I am from Coimbatore, India. I am studying for my M.S. in Systems Engineering. The faculty are knowledgeable and supportive, and there's a strong sense of community among the students."



The SMU Lyle Difference

  • Real-World

    Gain hands-on experience with projects that mimic real-world scenarios, ensuring you're job-ready upon graduation.

  • In-Demand

    Current demand for the systems engineering skill set is far higher than the supply and continues to grow across every engineering discipline.

  • Certification

    First in Texas to offer academic equivalency with International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Student Experience

Leading Faculty

Leading Faculty

Benefit from a curriculum designed by leaders in systems engineering, offering valuable insights into both theoretical and practical aspects of the field.

Professional Certification - SE

Professional Certification

We are first in Texas to offer academic equivalency with International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Students who meet requirements can bypass the Systems Engineering Professional certification exam and apply directly to INCOSE for certification.

Diverse Coursework - SE

Diverse Coursework

Engage with a variety of teaching methods, from traditional lectures to case studies and real-world, experiential projects. See course catalog and degree plan.


Flexible Learning - SE

Flexible Learning


Students can take classes via three delivery modalities, including online (synchronous and asynchronous), face-to-face, and in a professional weekend format for cohorts of full-time employees from local companies. With class sizes averaging ~20 students, we can customize a course for a particular cohort.


Jobs I Can Land - SE


Jobs I Can Land


Potential Roles Include:

  • Systems engineer
  • Lead engineers
  • Principal engineers
  • Engineering managers
  • Project engineers

Admissions Requirements


See catalog for additional information. In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  1. A B.S. in engineering, mathematics or one of the quantitative sciences. (A B.S. in an appropriate engineering discipline is required for the systems engineering and design track.)
  2. A minimum of two years of college-level mathematics, including at least one year of 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.