EMSE Undergraduate

GW's Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering offers two bachelor's degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Science and Technology. Our B.S. in systems engineering program is accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC).

The Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering is designed to provide a broad and solid education in the basics of mathematical modeling, software and information systems, and the treatment of uncertainty. Critical and analytical thinking is stressed, in order to prepare the student for graduate education or productive professional employment. Simultaneously, the program is intended to develop the student's communication skills and awareness of the current professional world. A medical preparation option in systems engineering that prepares the student for entrance to medical school is available.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Science and Technology is a broad-based engineering-oriented degree program, with a breadth of liberal arts, for students who intend to make their careers in fields allied to science, engineering and technology and/or continue their education toward professional careers in law, medicine, business, teaching, or the media. The applied science and technology degree requires a strong concentration in chemistry, physics, or mathematics. It is designed to help students pursue their goals in a world that relies more and more upon science and technology. The program can be enhanced with a second major in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), or in the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), or in SEAS itself. A concentration in general business through the GW School of Business is also available.

A five-year, two-degree plans that combine a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering with an M.S. degree in either Systems Engineering or Engineering Management is available. A five-year, two-degree plans that combine a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied science and Technology and a Master of Education in Secondary Education is available. The degree in secondary education provides eligibility for teacher licensure/certification and is offered through the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD).


Mission Statement

The mission of the undergraduate program in Systems Engineering is to provide educational, research, and personal-growth opportunities to the students that enable them to achieve maximum potential in their professional careers.

Program Educational Objectives

The overarching educational objective of the systems engineering undergraduate program is to enable students to interpret and incorporate the complexities of human society beyond the boundaries of their profession and to be able to make meaningful contributions as professionals and responsible citizens to the local community as well as national and global societies. The graduates of our undergraduate program are expected to achieve one or more of the following program educational objectives (PEO) within a few years of their graduation, particularly in the careers they have pursued in systems engineering or closely related disciplines.

  • PEO-1: Technical knowledge and critical thinking:  Develop transformative models grounded on mathematics, engineering, and analysis to identify, formulate, and solve new and emerging problems in a variety of systems and systems of systems.
  • PEO-2: Leadership skills:  Manage a complex systems engineering project in a private or government agency, tackle real-world challenges and demonstrate proficiency in multiple forms of communication, including written reports, oral presentations, and executive-level summaries.
  • PEO-3: Continuous education:  Pursue and maintain currency in engineering knowledge and related disciplines through advanced graduate research, self-education, and exploration of new subject areas.
  • PEO-4: Multidisciplinary thinking and professionalism: Complement systems engineering knowledge, problem-solving, and communication skills in others professions, such as law, medicine, business, education, or public policy.