Curriculum

The online graduate programs in engineering at GW are designed to accommodate students who work full-time. Required coursework can be completed as it suits your schedule. Students who work will be able to put the skills they learn directly into practice in their current workplace.

Both the online master’s in engineering management and the online master’s in systems engineering require a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Both programs have the same core requirements, which comprise 24 credits, in addition to 12 credits of focus area specialization. Even for students working full-time, the program is typically completed in roughly 3 years. Master of Science degrees in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering are also offered on-site at our GW Off-Campus sites.


Core Courses

EMSE 6001. The Management of Technical Organizations (3 credits)
The practice of management as applied within technical organizations. Includes history of the tradition and current effective practices, research findings, and case studies, with objectives of enhanced understanding of external and internal factors influencing organizational performance and leadership requirements.

EMSE 6020. Decision Making with Uncertainty (3 credits)
Problem formulation. Concepts and techniques used in analyzing complex decision problems. Modeling decision problems using decision trees, probability models, multi-objective models and utility theory.

EMSE 6099. Problems in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Capstone (3 credits)
Capstone project providing the opportunity to apply concepts and tools previously studied to the solution of a real-world problem. Students work in small groups, on a problem proposed by students and approved by the instructor. Open only to master’s candidates in the department, preferably during the last semester of their program.

EMSE 6410. Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics (3 credits)
Survey of material relevant to financial decision making for engineering activity. Includes traditional engineering economy topics; fundamentals of accounting; and financial planning, budgeting, and estimating applicable to the management of technical organizations.

EMSE 6505. Knowledge Management I (3 credits)
The foundations of knowledge management, including cultural issues, technology applications, organizational concepts and processes, management aspects, and decision support systems. Case studies.

EMSE 6580. Information and Software Engineering (3 credits)
Introduction to analysis and design of information systems including requirements analysis, project management, and software architectures. Introduction to CASE tools. (3 credits)

EMSE 6801. Systems Engineering I (3 credits)
Systems approach to the architecting and engineering of large-scale systems; elements of systems engineering; methods and standards; computer tools that support systems and software engineering; trends and directions; the integrative nature of systems engineering.

EMSE 6820. Program and Project Management (3 credits)
Problems in managing projects; project management as planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring; project and corporate organizations; duties and responsibilities; the project plan; schedule, cost, earned-value and situation analysis; leadership; team building; conflict management; meetings, presentations, and proposals.


M.S. in Engineering Management Required Courses

EMSE 6005. Organizational Behavior for the Engineering Manager (3 credits)
The behavior of individuals and groups in the context of technical organizations, focusing on relationships and interactions within the organization’s operating activities. Individual and group development and motivation. Organizational structures and cultures.

EMSE 6014. Management of Engineering Contracts (3 credits)
Study of the total contracting process (including initial budget preparation and justification, execution of a contract, and administration of the contract to completion) considered from the viewpoints of the industrial and government buyer and the seller of technical materials and services.

EMSE 6070. Management of Research and Development (3 credits)
Seminar on readings and classic and contemporary case studies in the strategic management of innovation and technology.

EMSE 6825. Project Cost and Quality Management (3 credits)
Developing project cost and resource estimates during the planning stages. Monitoring, forecasting, and controlling cost throughout the project life cycle. Project quality planning, assurance, and control. Relationships among project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, procurement, and risk. Preparation for the Project Management Professional examination. Prerequisite: EMSE 6820.


M.S. in Systems Engineering Required Courses

EMSE 6805. Systems Engineering II (3 credits)
Application of systems engineering tools to provide hands-on experience with essential elements of practice. Processes of requirements engineering, functional analysis and allocation, risk management, architecting; architectural heuristics, axiomatic design, analytical assessment of alternative architectures. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801.

EMSE 6810. Systems Analysis and Management (3 credits)
The systems or holistic approach as a methodology for making decisions and allocating resources. Analysis by means of objectives, alternatives, models, criteria, and feedback. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801.

EMSE 6815. Requirements Engineering (3 credits)
Requirements in systems engineering, including requirement types, quality factors, elicitation methods, analysis, derivation of implicit requirements, management, traceability, verification, cross-requirement assessments, and validation. Focus on writing and managing quality requirements in complex systems. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801.

EMSE 6840. Applied Enterprise Systems Engineering (3 credits)
Applications of systems engineering in the DoD, other parts of the federal government, and commercial sectors. Architectural frameworks and enterprise architecting concepts and practices, including JCIDS/DODAF, Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework, and Zachman™ Framework. Enterprise architecting and advanced modeling tools. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801.


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