Master of Science in Systems Engineering

George Washington University

Program Description

Master of Science in Systems Engineering

George Washington University

As a field that incorporates many disciplines, systems engineering demands a multifaceted skill set of managers and leaders at every stage of a project. The master’s in systems engineering program is designed to build on these skills, helping IT, analytics, and other technology professionals supervise technical development and implementation processes from start to finish while maintaining system performance well into the future.

The program provides students with a thorough understanding of systems engineering practice, including system requirements, architecture, and operations, with all coursework based on the latest research. The online M.S. in systems engineering prepares students to lead technical organizations and companies by providing a world-class understanding of project management, emphasizing the quantitative aspects of leading-edge technical environments. Because of this interdisciplinary focus, graduates of the program have gone on to confidently lead technical projects and pursue new roles in their careers.

Program Learning Objectives

The objectives of the online master’s program in systems engineering are to ensure that graduates:

  • Apply systems engineering technical skills like axiomatic design and systems analysis to observe how systems interact, to design and integrate subsystems, and to assess systems for quality.
  • Coordinate critical organizational functions—organizational management and behavior, operations, project management, marketing, cost and quality control, finance, staff, technical requirements, engineering contract management—and supervise technical development while maintaining high performance.
  • Prepare to take the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) exam offered by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) to further establish professional credentials.

This program is also offered at the GW Graduate Education Center in Arlington, Virginia.


The online graduate programs in engineering at GW are designed to accommodate students who work full-time. Required coursework can be completed as it suits your schedule. Students who work will be able to put the skills they learn directly into practice in their current workplace.

Both the online master’s in engineering management and the online master’s in systems engineering require a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Both programs have the same core requirements, which comprise 24 credits, in addition to 12 credits of focus area specialization. Even for students working full-time, the program is typically completed in roughly 3 years. Master of Science degrees in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering are also offered on-site at our GW Off-Campus sites.

Core Courses

  • EMSE 6001. The Management of Technical Organizations
  • EMSE 6020. Decision Making with Uncertainty
  • EMSE 6099. Problems in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Capstone
  • EMSE 6410. Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics
  • EMSE 6505. Knowledge Management I
  • EMSE 6580. Information and Software Engineering
  • EMSE 6801. Systems Engineering I
  • EMSE 6820. Program and Project Management
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 4, 2018
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Sept. 2019
3 years
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2,580 USD
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