Earn your master’s degree in information technology with a specialization in systems engineering to learn the design, development, and deployment of complex systems—and prepare for broader responsibility in a range of industries.

The systems engineering specialization can help you apply traditional and modern life-cycle models, techniques, and tools in the specification, design, development, and deployment of complex systems. The specialization is designed for midcareer professionals with a technical background who are seeking to enhance their skills in systems engineering theory and practice.

You’ll study a variety of cases across different application domains to learn the wide scope of systems concepts. Courses include requirements engineering, system design and development, model-based systems engineering, system integration and testing, system engineering management, and more.

About the Information Technology Master's Degree with Systems Engineering Specialization

The systems engineering specialization within the master’s degree in information technology features projects involving real clients, so you’ll learn systems engineering skills you can apply immediately on the job.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Organize and manage a systems engineering team
  • Apply a wide variety of domestic and international standards to systems engineering practice
  • Use various computer-aided design and testing tools

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Develop a system requirements document
  • Break down a complex system into manageable subsystems
  • Specify strategies for verifying and validating that the overall system meets requirements

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

This program can help prepare you for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) certification exams.

Information Technology Master's Degree with Systems Engineering Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Core Courses

  • UCSP 615
  • ITEC 610
  • ITEC 625
  • ITEC 626
  • ITEC 630
  • UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.

Specialization Courses

  • SYSE 610
  • SYSE 620
  • SYSE 625
  • SYSE 630
  • SYSE 640
  • SYSE 650
  • SYSE 660
  • SYSE 670
  • Specialization courses must be taken in the order listed.
  • You must take SYSE 670 in your final term.

Other Requirements

Specialization courses must be taken in the order listed.

You must take SYSE 670 in your final term.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in systems engineering theory and practice.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

The systems engineering specialization is designed for students with a degree and/or professional experience in a technical discipline such as engineering or computer science.

Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.

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