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M.S. in Systems Engineering

Complex engineering projects are at the heart of modern business. In order to innovate, adapt, thrive, and survive, organizations must undertake efforts that require the coordination of different teams, the understanding of complex technology and tools, and the integration of interdepartmental work processes. Leaders who can effectively manage these efforts are in high demand across many industries. The Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree program prepares and qualifies students to take on such a role. Through this focused curriculum, students will establish a solid foundation of fundamental systems-engineering knowledge, learning how to apply a systems perspective to business and technology.

For applicants inclined toward research and later doctoral studies, the program offers a thesis track. Students enrolled in the thesis track can select thesis advisors from the participating faculty in the College of Engineering and the College of Business, as appropriate to individual faculty’s research interests. For applicants more interested in entering or returning to the workplace, the program offers a non-thesis track. Based on their background and interests, students applying for the non-thesis option can select between the two different tracks available, allowing students to tailor their education to their career goals. The Technical track concentrates on system design, analysis, and implementation, while the Engineering Management track concentrates on organization, process, and management. The M.S. in Systems Engineering delivers exceptional learning and an esteemed credential for systems engineers entering the field, engineers wishing to broaden their perspective or advance to management positions, and managers seeking the knowledge and skills necessary for engineering products and services from a systems perspective.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the ERAU admission requirements, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline, computer science, or the physical sciences. Any engineering degree earned in the United States must be from an ABET accredited program. Students should possess a strong academic record, demonstrated by a 3.0 CGPA or better. Applicants may be admitted conditionally with the provision that they complete specific undergraduate courses prior to enrolling in graduate courses.

Degree Requirements

Both thesis and non-thesis option require the completion of 30 credits with a common core of 12 credits program core.

Thesis Option

Core Requirements
SYS 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
SYS 530System Requirements Analysis and Modeling3
SYS 560Introduction to Systems Engineering Management3
SYS 625System Quality Assurance3
SYS 700Graduate Thesis9
Program Electives9
Electives will be chosen from existing Daytona Beach campus courses offered in the College of Engineering and/or the College of Business, and must be approved by the student’s advisor or program coordinator.
Total Credits30

Non-Thesis Option - Technical Track

SYS 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
SYS 530System Requirements Analysis and Modeling3
SYS 560Introduction to Systems Engineering Management3
SYS 610System Architecture Design and Modeling3
SYS 625System Quality Assurance3
SYS 690Systems Engineering Project3
Technical Track Electives12
Electives will be chosen from existing Daytona Beach campus courses offered in the College of Engineering and/or the College of Business, and must be approved by the student’s advisor or program coordinator.
Total Credits30

Non-Thesis Option - Engineering Management Track

SYS 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
SYS 530System Requirements Analysis and Modeling3
SYS 560Introduction to Systems Engineering Management3
SYS 625System Quality Assurance3
SYS 660Organizational Systems Management3
SYS 690Systems Engineering Project3
Engineering Management Track Electives12
Electives will be chosen from existing Daytona Beach campus courses offered in the College of Engineering and/or the College of Business, and must be approved by the student’s advisor or program coordinator.
Total Credits30