Systems Engineering

Major: Systems Engineering
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
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 a curriculum which integrates systems and 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.

Elective courses for the curriculum:

  • Include models relevant to sustainable, high performance systems and topics related to living, learning, effectiveness, power, influence, networking, and systems thinking as they relate to effective systems engineering
  • Expose students to model-based system development using SysML and DODAF, also covering major aspects of the systems domain.
  • Teach SE 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 an 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:

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.) can also acceptable. Applicants with degrees in sciences may be required to take a number of undergraduate or post-baccalaureate courses. 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 U.S.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. These electives may be taken in other colleges at Drexel consistent with the plan of study and any required prerequisites.

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 will be waived for students who have taken equivalent courses elsewhere.

Engineering Management Required Courses
EGMT 531Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis3.0
EGMT 571Managerial Statistics3.0
EGMT 572Statistical Data Analysis3.0
EGMT 573Operations Research3.0
Systems Engineering Required Courses
SYSE 510Systems Engineering Process3.0
SYSE 520Sustainment and Integrated Logistics3.0
SYSE 521Integrated Risk Management3.0
SYSE 533Systems Integration and Test3.0
SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
SYSE 688Systems Engineering Analysis I3.0
SYSE 690Systems Engineering Analysis II3.0
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
Engineering Leadership
Systems Engineering Tools
Supply Chain Systems Engineering
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 Credits48.0

Electives from other engineering disciplines and/or Drexel colleges may be considered with review and approval by the advisor.


If a student decides to pursue the Master's Thesis option, the student will complete the 12 core courses, one elective course and nine thesis credits.  Advisor/Director consultation and approval is required if a student is interested in waiving core courses when pursuing the Master's Thesis option.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
SYSE 510Systems Engineering Process3.0
SYSE 685Systems Engineering Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EGMT 571Managerial Statistics3.0
SYSE 520Sustainment and Integrated Logistics3.0
 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 Analysis I3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
SYSE 530Systems Engineering Design3.0
SYSE 690Systems Engineering Analysis II3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
SYSE 522Supply Chain Systems Engineering3.0
SYSE 598Capstone in Systems Engineering3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 48.0

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.

Secondary Master's Degree Pursuit Opportunity

Students with a previously completed master’s degree 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. Because the student has already completed a master’s degree at Drexel, he or she may transfer up to 15.0 credits from the first into the second master’s degree program.  Therefore, he or she may 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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