Vince and Judy Vidas Program in Systems Engineering

Major: Systems Engineering
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.2701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2199

About the Program

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary curriculum which integrates systems thinking with financial management and planning. The degree enables engineering leaders to perform, lead, and manage systems development throughout the life cycle, from conceptual development and engineering design through the operation and sustainment phases. Study can be on a part-time or full-time basis, and all courses are offered online.

The curriculum features the following:

  • Include models relevant to sustainable, high performance systems as they relate to effective systems engineering
  • Expose students to model-based systems engineering using SysML and DODAF, also covering major aspects of the systems domain.
  • Teach systems engineering processes and skills to integrate user needs, manage requirements, conduct technological evaluation, and build elaborate system architectures, assess risk and establish financial and schedule constraints.
  • Prepare students to intelligently manage and contribute to any engineering challenge, including concept development, technology assessment, architecture selection, and proposal development. The courses stimulate and challenge students as they consider sustainability-oriented projects and become serious systems engineering managers and practitioners.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Drexel University Master of Science in Systems Engineering will be competent in their ability to:

  • develop and implement models and tools to enhance and optimize complex systems;
  • develop and manage processes relevant to complex systems development;
  • architect, design, implement, integrate, verify, validate, support and decommission complex systems;
  • use systems engineering tools and practices to identify and execute effective technical solutions;
  • manage system-intensive projects within cost and schedule constraints;
  • consider financial elements in all complex systems solutions.

Certificate Opportunity

Students may complete a Graduate Certificate as a standalone pursuit or as a gateway to the full Master of Science in Systems Engineering. Students may apply for admission to the Masters of Science in Systems Engineering degree program at any point in a certificate series. Upon admission, graduate courses successfully completed in the certificate series may be applied toward the Master’s degree as applicable. Certificate opportunities include:

Accelerated Degree (BS/MS) Option

Note: Currently and until further notice, the program will not be accepting applications to BS/MS with Engineering Management.

Systems engineering is a critical discipline and the essence of our modern, high-technology world. As a result systems engineers are in high demand in industry.

The College of Engineering offers an accelerated degree program to undergraduate degree students in any discipline who have:

  • Completed between 90 and 120 credits in their major
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Submit a professional resume
  • Submit a personal statement explaining why they wish to pursue the degree

The College of Engineering's Engineering Management Department offers the MS in Systems Engineering as a degree option for undergraduate students enrolled in the following programs:

The MS is offered entirely online, making it convenient and flexible. Students will be introduced to the critical concepts in systems engineering and with the distinct advantage of bachelor's in a different, will be fully prepared to obtain a position as a systems engineer upon graduation.

Admission Requirements

Degree and GPA Requirement

A bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline from an ABET-accredited college or university is required. A bachelor’s degree in science (Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, etc.) may also be acceptable. An undergraduate degree earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. A minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for a bachelor’s degree as well as for any subsequent graduate-level work is required.

GRE Requirement

The GRE General Test is only required of applicants for full-time studies; part-time applicants do not need to take the GRE. Official documents of the exam must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Unofficial photocopies will not be accepted. The GRE can be waived for students who have successfully completed a Master's degree or a Drexel certificate in the systems curriculum.

TOEFL Requirement

For students whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a US institution, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old to be considered. Minimum of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based). Official documents of this exam must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Unofficial photocopies will not be accepted.

Other Requirements

  • Submission of an application
  • Official, sealed college transcripts
  • An essay
  • Two or more letters of recommendation

Degree Requirements

The master of science in systems engineering degree requires 48.0 credits, including 36.0 credits in required core courses and 12.0 graduate elective credits.

Students may take their required elective credits from any graduate-level course(s) in engineering, business, or another college for which they have adequate preparation and can obtain approvals from the college and the systems engineering program.

All candidates are encouraged to discuss areas of interest with the program advisor and to develop a proposed plan of study during the early stages of the program.

Note: Specific course requirements may be waived for students who have taken equivalent courses elsewhere.

Engineering Management Required Courses
EGMT 531Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis3.0
EGMT 572Statistical Data Analysis3.0
EGMT 573Operations Research3.0
Systems Engineering Required Courses
SYSE 510Systems Engineering Process3.0
SYSE 520Global Sustainment and Integrated Logistics3.0
SYSE 521Integrated Risk Management3.0
SYSE 533Systems Integration and Test3.0
SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
SYSE 688Systems Engineering Analysis3.0
SYSE 690Modeling and Simulation3.0
Capstone in Systems Engineering
SYSE 598Capstone in Systems Engineering3.0
Complete four of the following:
Power System Analysis
Computer Analysis of Power Systems
Synchronous Machine Modeling
Power System Dynamics
Power System Security
Economic Operation of Power Systems
Fundamentals of Systems I
Fundamentals of Systems II
Fundamentals of Systems III
Probability & Random Variables
Random Process & Spectral Analysis
Detection & Estimation Theory
Optimization Methods for Engineering Design
Visual System Mapping
Systems Thinking for Leaders
Systems Engineering Tools
Engineering Supply Chain Systems
Systems Reliability Engineering
Systems Reliability, Availability & Maintainability Analysis
Statistical Modeling & Experimental Design
Systems Engineering Design
Systems Architecture Development
Software Systems Engineering
Master's Thesis in Systems Engineering **
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
SYSE 510Systems Engineering Process3.0
SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
SYSE 520Global Sustainment and Integrated Logistics3.0
SYSE 522Engineering Supply Chain Systems 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EGMT 572Statistical Data Analysis3.0
SYSE 521Integrated Risk Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
EGMT 573Operations Research3.0
SYSE 533Systems Integration and Test3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
EGMT 531Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis3.0
SYSE 523Systems Reliability Engineering3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
SYSE 525Statistical Modeling & Experimental Design3.0
SYSE 688Systems Engineering Analysis3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
SYSE 530Systems Engineering Design3.0
SYSE 690Modeling and Simulation3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
SYSE 598Capstone in Systems Engineering3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.0
First Year
SYSE 510Systems Engineering Process3.0
SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
EGMT 501Leading and Managing Technical Workers3.0
 Term Credits9.0
SYSE 520Global Sustainment and Integrated Logistics3.0
SYSE 688Systems Engineering Analysis3.0
EGMT 502Analysis and Decision Methods for Technical Managers3.0
 Term Credits9.0
EGMT 572Statistical Data Analysis3.0
EGMT 531Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis3.0
SYSE 521Integrated Risk Management3.0
 Term Credits9.0
EGMT 573Operations Research3.0
SYSE 533Systems Integration and Test3.0
EGMT 535Financial Management3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
SYSE 690Modeling and Simulation3.0
SYSE 598Capstone in Systems Engineering3.0
EGMT 504Design Thinking for Engineering Communications3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Dual Degree Opportunity

Students may pursue the Master of Science in Systems Engineering as part of a dual degree option with approval from the graduate advisors of both programs. Students may transfer as many as 15.0 credits from one program to the other, usually in the form of electives. Examples of permissible dual pursuits with the MS Systems Engineering include the MS Engineering Management, MS Electrical Engineering, and MS Project Management.

Fast Second Master's Degree Opportunity

Students with a previously completed master’s degree at Drexel may pursue a second master’s degree in a different major without the need to go through the admission process again or to complete another 45.0 credits of graduate coursework. Up to 15.0 credits from the first master's may be transferred into the second master’s degree program, enabling students to complete the second master’s degree with a minimum of 33.0 new graduate credits.

Readmission into the second master’s degree program is requested through the new departmental graduate advisor, with final approval by the Graduate College. During the term in which the student expects to complete the second master's degree, he/she must file an application for degree form through DrexelOne.

Career Opportunities

The MS Systems Engineering prepares students to become effective systems engineers, leaders, managers, and future executives. With a systems engineering background, students are able to tackle a wide array of engineering challenges from the entire systems life cycle, including concept development, technology assessment, architecture selection, and proposal development.

Systems engineers are highly valued in industry because their skills complement those in traditional engineering fields.  Whereas other engineering disciplines usually focus deeply in only one area, systems engineers must integrate all of those areas into a comprehensive and effective system. This is a versatile skill-set that allows for a flexible career path, as systems engineering expertise is sought by a wide range of industries such as healthcare, defense, communications, aerospace, government, transportation, finance, and more. Drexel University’s MS Systems Engineering will prepare students from any of these fields to lead large, complex projects in their organizations.

Systems Engineering Faculty

Richard Grandrino, MBA (Drexel University). Teaching Faculty. Manager for advanced logistics operations at Lockheed Martin
Steven Mastro, PhD (Drexel University). Adjunct Faculty. Machinery Research and Silencing Division of NAVSEA Philadelphia. Work focuses on advanced sensor and control technologies for condition-based maintenance, damage control, and automation.
Miray Pereira, MBA (Rutgers University). Adjunct Instructor. Manages a team of consultants responsible for development, facilitation and implementation of fundamental demand management systems and capabilities for DuPont, most recently with the DuPont Safety & Protection Platform in strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions.
Walter Sobkiw, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Faculty. Author of "Systems Engineering Design Renaissance" and "Systems Practices as Common Sense."
Fernando Tovia, PhD (University of Arkansas). Adjunct Instructor. Core quantitative analysis,strategic planning, supply chain management and manufacturing systems.
John Via, DEngr (Southern Methodist University) Director of Engineering Management; Associate Dean for Online Programs. Teaching Professor.
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