Systems Engineering

An overview of the Systems Engineering concentration within Purdue's Interdisciplinary Engineering Master's degree program.

Program Overview

The 100% online, 30-credit hour systems engineering (SYS) concentration is packed in our Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)/Master of Science (MS) degree. This program was created for professionals who wish to build a competitive edge with graduate-level knowledge of systems engineering, from which they will be able to apply state-of-the art methods in designing, analyzing, and controlling the next generation of complex systems that respond to rapidly changing environments. The concentration aims to develop professionals who are both well-grounded in interdisciplinary engineering as well as prepared to create and execute trans-disciplinary processes that result in engineered systems that are responsive to stakeholders' needs. Application areas include next-generation air traffic management, sustainable buildings, intelligent healthcare devices, healthcare delivery systems, flexible manufacturing integrated with design, next generation transportation systems, and next generation intelligent systems. Purdue University's online graduate engineering program is ranked #3 in the top ten programs by US News and World Report.

Course Topical Areas: 

Introduction to Systems Systems Thinking
Systems Engineering Theory/Architecting Models-Based Systems
Human Factors Automotive Systems
Cyber Security Decision Analysis

Online Plan of Study Overview

The MSE/MS master's program offers a wide range of flexibility in course options. After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will help you create a Plan of Study (POS) to best fit your educational needs and career goals. Every POS varies based on student interest, time, and course load. For planning purposes, an example POS for the Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE/MS) with a concentration in Systems Engineering degree is available, as well as an extensive course menu that lists classes available over the next several years.

Degree requirements checklist:

_____ total Core SYS courses (6 hours)
_____ total Systems Related Elective Courses ( 6 hours)
_____ total other engineering courses (6 hours)
_____ total other elective courses (12 hours)

_____ total number of credit hours (30 hours)
Note: At least 18 hours must be graduate level, engineering courses taken at Purdue University.

Students in the systems concentration have the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Systems; you must apply first to be considered. 

View detailed SYS concentration requirements