Master of Systems Engineering

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Masters Systems EngineeringComplex 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 Systems Engineering (MSysE) 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.

The program is offered in two tracks, allowing students to tailor their education to their career goals. The Technical track concentrates on system design, analysis, and implementation. The Engineering Management track concentrates on organization, process, and management.

The MSysE 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.

Program-Specific Criteria

Admissions Criteria

Applicants for admission to the MSysE Degree Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide evidence of an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or higher, on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit (3) letters of recommendation, including (1) from a recent instructor
  • Prepare a type-written Statement of Objectives, demonstrating strong capacity for written communication and elucidating the following topic areas:
    • The applicant’s understanding, in their own words, of what Systems Engineering entails
    • The applicant’s background and exposure to engineering to-date, in both their academic and professional career
    • A statement of the particular MSysE track – Technical or Engineering Management – which the applicant intends to pursue and a discussion of why they  made this election
    • An explanation of the applicant’s overall academic and career objectives, including how the applicant believes that the MSysE program will positively contribute to the achievement of stated goals

Download the MSysE Program Recommendation Form 

In addition to the above Admissions Criteria, all applicants are required to demonstrate a working knowledge of calculus-based probability and statistics (equivalent to MATH 412), evidenced by academic coursework prior to enrolling in any core MSysE courses. Electives may be taken prior to meeting this requirement. The candidate will be notified of academic conditions on admission, including specific information on required course prerequisites, at the time a decision is rendered.

Current students requesting to transfer into the MSysE program will be required to meet the same program requirements stated above.

Prerequisite Knowledge

Graduate level prerequisite courses taken with ERAU must be completed with a grade of B or better.

The Master of Systems Engineering degree program is designed to instill specific skills and knowledge, with courses reinforcing one another, building toward student mastery. Access a  Curriculum Map, outlining the Program Outcomes and suggested sequencing of student coursework.



SYSE 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
SYSE 530System Requirements Analysis and Modeling3
SYSE 560Introduction to Systems Engineering Management3
SYSE 625System Quality Assurance3
SYSE 697Systems Engineering Project3
Select one track from the following:3
Technical Track
System Architecture Design and Modeling
Engineering Management Track
Organizational Systems Management
Total Credits18


Electives will be chosen from existing Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach and Worldwide courses in other disciplines, and must be approved by the student’s advisor or program coordinator.12
Total Credits12
Total Degree Requirements30