Master of Science in Systems Engineering

The Department offers a Master of Science degree in systems engineering. Within this degree program, students can choose among various areas of focus. This program is also available online.

Program Overview

The program provides a broad knowledge of the "systems approach" for designing and managing large-scale engineering systems throughout the lifecycle, with faculty and students exploring case studies and methodologies from NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. corporations. Students can pursue their degrees in one of three areas of focus: operations research and management science, systems engineering and integration, or enterprise information assurance.

Master's Degree Program Requirements

The program of study consists of 12 graduate-level courses totaling 36 credit hours. Three types of course requirements are included in the curriculum -- common course requirements, focus course requirements and approved electives. Common course requirements are taken by all students in the EMSE Master's program. Focus course requirements are taken by all students within the area of focus. Approved elective requirements are courses that require the approval of the student's individual academic advisor. These courses are detailed below.

Note: All GW courses were renumbered with 4-digit numbers, effective Fall 2010. See the Renumbered Course Key.

Common Course Requirements

  • EMSE 6001 The Management of Technical Organizations
  • EMSE 6410 Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics
  • EMSE 6020 Elements of Problem Solving and Decision Making for Managers
  • EMSE 6801 Systems Engineering I

Areas of Focus

Select any of the areas of focus below to see their course requirements:


Program Entry

The department offers a Fall, Spring, or Summer semester program entry for its MS programs. To apply for Summer semester entry for MS programs, the deadline is March 1. (Non-F1 Visa-seeking applicants only unless exception requested by faculty advisor)