M.S. in Systems Engineering

As a field that incorporates many disciplines, systems engineering demands a multifaceted skill set of managers and leaders at every stage of a project. The online master’s in systems engineering program is designed to build on these skills, helping IT, analytics, and other technology professionals supervise technical development and implementation processes from start to finish while maintaining system performance well into the future.

The program provides students with a thorough understanding of systems engineering practice, including system requirements, architecture, and operations, with all coursework based on the latest research. The M.S. in systems engineering prepares students to lead technical organizations and companies by providing a world-class understanding of project management, emphasizing the quantitative aspects of leading-edge technical environments. Because of this interdisciplinary focus, graduates of the program have gone on to confidently lead technical projects and pursue new roles in their careers.

Program Learning Objectives

The objectives of the master’s program in systems engineering are to ensure that graduates:

  • Apply systems engineering technical skills like axiomatic design and systems analysis to observe how systems interact, to design and integrate subsystems, and to assess systems for quality.
  • Coordinate critical organizational functions—organizational management and behavior, operations, project management, marketing, cost and quality control, finance, staff, technical requirements, engineering contract management—and supervise technical development while maintaining high performance.
  • Prepare to take the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) exam offered by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) to further establish professional credentials.

This program is also offered at the GW Graduate Education Center in Arlington, Virginia.

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