This degree emphasizes both analytical and practical aspects of engineering complex systems. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in several quantitative modeling disciplines and to master practical aspects of systems design, engineering, and management. The program prepares students for a professional career in systems design, development, and management, associated with problem formulation, issue analysis, and the evaluation of alternative courses of action, as well as advanced graduate study.
2020-2021 Academic Year
Mason's educational and research program in systems engineering addresses a broad range of issues relevant to the design, implementation, analysis and management of systems. Concentration areas include; Advanced Transportation Systems; Architecture-Based Systems Integration; Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence; Financial Systems Engineering; Systems Engineering Analysis; Systems Engineering of Software-Intensive Systems; and Systems Management. Research activities include both fundamental and applied research. Mason's graduate program in Systems Engineering recognizes the importance of balancing an education in quantitative models and engineering tools with a proper understanding of the systems "perspective."
The program prepares students for a professional career in systems design, development, and management, associated with problem formulation, issue analysis, and evaluation of alternative courses of action. The program emphasizes both analytical and practical aspects of engineering complex systems. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in several quantitative modeling disciplines. Students are also expected to master issues relevant to practical aspects of systems architecture design, and management.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor with whom to work to complete an approved plan of study. This plan of study must include five core courses, one methods course, three electives in a concentration area, and a thesis or systems engineering project. The plan of study must include 30 graduate credits including a capstone project (3 credits). Matriculation requirements for candidates needing additional work in mathematics or engineering also may be included in the plan of study.
An accelerated master of science option is available for students in selected bachelors of science programs. See BS (selected)/Systems Engineering, Accelerated MS for specific requirements.
Graduates with a master’s degree in systems engineering from the Volgenau School of Engineering have been well trained to design, analyze, and troubleshoot complex systems such as aerospace development, military operations, logistics, power systems, and infrastructure. In their careers, they may lead teams of systems engineers on large projects, analyze data for performance, or direct the development of software or other engineered systems. Advanced training in technical management or information systems, engineering is often coupled with a master’s in this highly desirable field. Volgenau graduates are uniquely prepared for their careers by a program that incorporates Mason’s deep relationship with the United States government. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job opportunities for this level of systems engineer is expected to increase 15 percent in the next decade.