Systems Engineering, Master of Science (M.S.)

Thesis option: 30 credits
Non-thesis option (scholarly paper): 30 credits

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
ENSE621Systems Concepts, Issues, and Processes3
ENSE622Systems Requirements, Design and Trade-Off Analysis3
ENSE623Systems Projects, Validation and Verification3
ENSE624Human Factors in Systems Engineering3
ENSE626System Life Cycle Analysis and Risk Management3
ENSE627Systems Quality and Robustness Analysis3
Thesis or Non-Thesis Requirements
Select one of the following options:12
Select two additional electives from one specialization area
Systems Engineering Thesis
Select four additional electives from no more than two specialization areas
Complete a scholarly paper
Specialization Requirements
Select from the following specialization areas:
Communication and Networking Systems
Computer and Software Systems
Control Systems
Manufacturing Systems
Operations Research
Process Systems
Signal Processing Systems
Transportation Systems
Total Credits30

General requirements for the master's thesis and non-thesis options are those of the University of Maryland Graduate School. All requirements must be completed within 5 years. The thesis option requires each student to obtain a total of 30 credit hours: 24 hours of coursework and six (6) hours for the thesis project to complete the program. The coursework includes 18 credits for the six core courses (four courses from the systems engineering core and two courses from the management core), and two (2) elective courses. The elective courses must be taken from one specialization area. The master's thesis project demonstrates the practical implications of systems engineering principles. The thesis project may be related to a practical industrial system, and must be supervised by the academic advisor.

The non-thesis option requires each student to obtain a total of 30 credit hours of coursework to complete the program (four courses from the systems engineering core, two courses from the management core, and four elective courses). The elective courses must be taken from not more than two specialization areas. In addition, students must complete a scholarly paper. Expectations of the scholarly paper: While less detailed and complex than the thesis, the scholarly paper also contributes to systems engineering research. For example, a student might chose to write a literature review, identify and propose a solution to a systems problem encountered on the job, or prepare a systems case study. The scholarly paper is prepared under the supervision of the student's academic advisor. It also must be read by at least one additional ISR faculty member, and approved by the ENSE graduate director. No specific format is required by the Graduate School.